World’s Largest Low-Pressure Injection Molding Machine Revealed

World’s Largest Low-Pressure Injection Molding Machine Revealed
The world’s largest low-pressure injection molding machine was designed and constructed by Infiltrator Systems at the company’s Winchester, Ky., ISO-9002 manufacturing facility.

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The world’s largest low-pressure injection molding machine was designed and constructed by Infiltrator Systems at the company’s Winchester, Ky., ISO-9002 manufacturing facility. 

The injection press took five months to engineer and nine months to build and is producing the Infiltrator IM-1530 Septic Tank product line. The mold installed in the press weighs 420,000 pounds and molds a 15-foot-long, 245-pound polypropylene tank half. Franchino Mold and Engineering of Lansing, Mich., engineered and built the mold.

Molding machine highlights:

  • World’s largest low-pressure injection molding machine
  • Largest injection molding platen area in the world
  • Parts handling and finishing stations utilize the largest six-axis robot in the world
  • Produces the world’s largest molded part at 245 pounds 

“Rounding out the successful IM-Tank product line was a high priority for Infiltrator and Franchino’s experience with our other large part molds made them the right choice for this project,” says Bryan Coppes, vice president of engineering at Infiltrator. 

Mold highlights:

  • Aluminum & steel cavity and core hybrid mold
  • Largest hot runner manifold system in operation in the world
  • The cavity work was machined using a Tarus 5-Axis Mills with a 114-inch by 120-inch table
  • Over 10,000 man-hours invested this project 

Todd Phillips, vice president of Franchino Mold and Engineering, says the company is enthusiastic about the partnership. “Franchino is excited to participate in the design and construction of this large project,” he says. “It’s motivating to work with partners that keep pushing the limits on technology and innovation.”

Franchino designs, engineers and manufactures custom die cast dies and plastic molds. They specialize in ultra large molds enabling customers to produce products that challenge the limits of injection molding and keep them ahead of the competition. Franchino previously created what is now the world’s second-largest mold, Infiltrator System’s IM-1060 tank mold that weighs 160 pounds. 

For more information, visit www.infiltratorsystems.com.



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