M.R. Mold & Engineering Corp., which has earned its bona fides as a producer of molds for liquid silicone rubber (LSR), is raising its profile for making plastic injection molds with a tool running at NPE2015 that involves an eight-company partnership.
And it might be one of the most fun of the “give-away” demonstrations at the Big Show, which will be held next month in Orlando, Florida.
One of the interesting aspects of the project is a large living hinge molded into a 3-in x 6 ½-in survival box made with a PolyOne high-density polyethylene (HDPE) compound. The PolyOne material will be running in a Toshiba Machine (W1763) molding machine with a Yushin America, Inc. (W763) robot.
The box can be filled by visiting three other booths. Toshiba is doing a mini flashlight; M.R. Mold (W1873) is doing a first aid kit and Mastip is doing a snack pack. Others may still jump in.
And M.R. Mold will showcase an LSR micro mold in Wittmann Battenfeld’s (W2743) MicroPower 15/10 B6P using a Graco/Fluid Automation 622 miniature meter mix system with 20 oz cartridges for shot sizes smaller than 40ccs.
In 1985, Rick Finnie opened M.R. Mold & Engineering in Brea, California, with one employee. In 2005, the company opened a 4,000 sf Technology Center with four company-owned molding machines, allowing mold testing before shipment and turnkey projects. A 110-ton Arburg 470A horizontal molding machine equipped for thermoplastic and silicone was added recently.