A UK-based automotive parts specialist says the arrival of a new plastic injection moulding machine equipped with a bespoke two shot unit will save it over £20,000 a month and eliminate a production headache.
DMS Chromium, which supplies the automotive trade with a range of chromium plated plastic injection moulding products, has invested in a Romi-Sandretto EN 380 to replace a 400-tonne machine bought at auction.
The company handles many vehicle components which need a chromium front face but no chromium on the back because clips need to be heat welded. In one instance the company needed to produce 15,000 speakers and had to hand paint out the chromium which took nine people, working over three shifts, to complete.
“This was proving a real cost burden. I developed a new moulding tool and Romi-Sandretto agreed to adapt this machine which handles two different plastics simultaneously,” ,” commented Chris Sharpe, Managing Director of the Kidderminster-based company.
“It not only saves us £20,000 a month, allowing us to recoup the additional sum we paid for the turnkey solution within three months, but it will also create a raft of new sales opportunities,” Sharpe added.
Romi-Sandretto says the project was completed within a six month span, from initial enquiry through bespoke machine design, build and delivery.