Japan Steel Works America (JSW) has reconfigured its physical footprint over the past year, with two offices moved to new locations and a brand new machine assembly plant and technical center opened. These and other recent developments at JSW have been detailed for Plastics technology by Dale Bartholomew, the new National Technical Director of JSW America. He noted that the company has “fine-tuned” its operations in the United States by moving some regional offices to more convenient locations, closer to customers and transportation facilities. For example, the California office, which is the national hub for aftermarket parts, moved from Corona, Ontario, closer to the LA International Airport. And the Chicago area office moved from Lake Zurich to Wood Dale, very close to Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
JSW New Jersey Technical Center Showroom and Lab.
Additionally, JSW established its first assembly plant and injection molding technical center in the United States in Ledgewood, New Jersey, near Newark Liberty International Airport. This installation of more than 8000 sq.2 will stock base units – separate clamping and injection modules – for machines from 650 tonnes up to around 1000 tonnes, thus reducing delivery times for large machines by several months compared to shipping since Japan, notes Bartholomew. The Ledgewood factory will be able to mix and match the clamps and injection units according to customer requirements, and also apply options and customization. The assembly space is located in the same building as a company specializing in the transport of machinery and large and heavy objects.
The new Ledgewood location will also house a technical center and training center (pictured), which currently has a 280 metric ton all-electric baler (which is only sold by JSW, with the exception of some specialty machines) fitted of the special JS. Drive. Presented at K 2019, it is a servo motor developed by JSW for direct drive injection units. It is said to offer high speed and responsiveness, as well as an ability to maintain long hold times for thick parts. The technical center also contains a 100 mt machine designed for clean room use and fitted with magnetic plates for mounting molds.
Additionally, JSW’s Atlanta Tech Center recently received a 56-ton model of the company’s latest all-electric line, the J50ADS-110U.)
In the tech area, Bartholomew says JSW has “done a lot of work” with iMFLUX on upcoming projects to use that company’s new low-pressure die-casting technology, which promises faster cycles at clamping pressures. and lower injection. “So many people are looking at him,” notes Bartholomew. A loyal customer is AGS Technology, Batavia, Ill., Who find iMFLUX technology very useful in molding auto parts with virtually 100% recycled material (see May recycling supplement and August feature). Bartholomew adds that a machine with iMFLUX software integrated into the JSW controller will be installed at the iMFLUX training center in Hamilton, Ohio, in the first quarter of 2021. Bartholomew expects this machine to be on display at NPE2021 in Orlando, Florida.