What Ever Happened to That 8,800-Ton Husky Press?

Here’s an update on one of the two biggest injection molding machines ever built:

An 8800-ton press built by Husky Injection Molding Systems for Chrysler Corp. 20 years ago is now located at Macroplastics in Shelbyville, Kentucky, where it makes ag bins. It was originally built to mold a composite body for a $6,000 “world car” envisioned by Chrysler. It was dubbed the Composite Concept Vehicle or CCV, and was much touted to the automotive trade press in Detroit.

Here’s the way the vehicle was going to be molded: An outer molding was to be fitted to an inner for both the right and left sides to form the body in white. Then the halves would have been joined with specially developed adhesives. A tubular steel frame would provide stiffness. The planned power source was a Briggs & Stratton 25-hp, 800-cc engine. Resin companies such as Ticona were on board to provide special compounds. Paragon Die & Engineering and Weber Manufacturing partnered in the project.

Weber  built a $2 million nickel shell mold for the CCV’s left inner body panel that measured approximately 14 by 8 by 6 ft.

The world car never made it off the drawing board, but Chrysler used the press to make Jeep tops.

It won’t go down as one of the world’s biggest presses, but Ferriot, Inc. is installing a 2,250-ton Negri Bossi BI-POWER injection molding press at its production facility in Akron, Ohio.

The Negri Bossi BI-POWER VH2000-22500 press features an integrated Columbia industrial PC and a variable delivery pump hydraulic system. A wireless Amico system will enable remote monitoring of the press around the clock, which will allow the press’s manufacturer to perform remote diagnostics, troubleshooting, and intervention in real time via the Internet.

About Doug Smock

Former Chief Editor at Plastics World and Senior Technical Editor Design News

Automotive, Construction, North America

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