Molding Machines for New Facility
October 3, 2013
In response to the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which will go into effect January 2014, Watts Water Technologies Inc., Franklin, N.H., recently opened a new 30,000-sq.-ft. lead-free facility. The WEFCO 2 site features a full line of mold making and handling machinery from Hunter Foundry Machinery Corp., Schaumburg, Ill. Hunter integrated the Inductotherm Auto-Pour unit fed by two XL2024 molding machines into common HV-20 24 + 24 x 3 Turntable Mold Handling Systems through a mold-tracking program. Hunter’s direct interface controller delivers computer-based pattern data with the correct pouring profile to the Inductotherm furnace.
The recent collaboration between Hunter and Watts continued a 36-year relationship, which began with the opening of Watts’ WEFCO 1 metalcasting facility in 1977.
“Hunter’s systems were highly cost competitive when compared with other options,” said Mike Geldermann, Watts engineering manager, who added that Hunter’s familiarity with maintenance and upkeep of WEFCO 1's machines was a key factor in its selection for the new production line.