Thursday, October 9, 2003

Machine tooler has China deal

Business notes: Manufacturing

By Mike Boyer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati Lamb, Unova Inc.'s machine-tool business created by the consolidation of Cincinnati Machine and Lamb Technicon, has signed an alliance with China's largest machine-tool builder.

Shenyang Machine Tool Co. and Cincinnati Lamb will expand their relationship to supply equipment to Chinese manufacturers and elsewhere in the world. Under the agreement, the companies will share technical and process information.

Shenyang builds more than 300 machine tools, controls and accessories. It has supplied more than 450,000 machines to Chinese manufacturers.

Cincinnati Lamb established a new headquarters outside of Detroit in the consolidation that saw Cincinnati Machine move its aerospace systems business from Oakley to Hebron, Ky., earlier this year.

Monroe firm to help make poly decking

Alcoa Home Exteriors Inc. and Monroe, Ohio-based Dayton Technologies Inc. are teaming up to produce composite decking starting next year.

Dayton Technologies will produce the decking and railings made from high density polyethylene and wood flour at one of its plants. The company, a unit of Belgium's Deceuninck Group, said it hasn't decided whether production will be in Monroe or elsewhere.

Dayton Technologies is exclusive licensor of Alcoa's Mastic premium vinyl windows.

Milacron produces big-part machine

What are believed to be the largest parts made by a low-pressure, gas-assisted injected molding are being produced by a Connecticut company with equipment supplied by Milacron Inc.'s Michigan-based Uniloy Milacron unit.

Stormtech, a maker of thermoplastic storm water detention and retention systems, is using a 2,000-ton structural web machine developed by Uniloy Milacron to produce overlapping storm water chamber sections that are 50 inches wide, 30 inches tall and seven feet long.

The chambers, used to channel storm water, are made of virgin polypropylene, which is lighter than polyethylene and resists environmental stress cracking.

Using lower-pressure molding allows lower-cost aluminum molds, Milacron said. Traditional injection molding would require a machine three times more expensive with molds that are twice as expensive, said a spokesman for Stormtech, a unit of Infiltrator Systems Inc.

Managers can learn environment rules

Manufacturing managers who oversee environmental compliance are invited to a meeting of TechSolve's Environmental Compliance Collaborative Tuesday at 2 p.m. at its Bond Hill center.

The free session will include discussion of Department of Transportation hazardous waste and materials shipping requirements and infectious waste shipping rules.

For information, contact Mary Beth Holley at or (513) 948-2038.

J.M. Smucker Corp.'s Crisco plant, 5204 Spring Grove Ave., will host Wednesday's meeting of the Alliance for Chemical Safety. The meeting at 3 p.m. will include a plant tour. The alliance is composed of industries, citizens and emergency organizations interested in chemical safety. For information, contact Deb Leonard at (513) 612-3074.

Case study for production heads

Midwest Manufacturing Solutions holds a case study event Oct. 17 on motivating production supervisors to drive improvements.

The half-day free event will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Manor House in Mason. For information, contact Lori Harding at (513) 381-7200 or go to


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