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10 MoldMaking Technology —— AUGUST 2018 Profile Image courtesy of Burteck LLC. Since 2015, Burteck LLC has become a total mold solutions provider by adding a variety of new capabilities. Can you review these changes and updates to your service port- folio and explain their value to your customers? Burteck Program Manager John Eastham: The main changes and updates over the past three years are the creation and subsequent expansion of Burteck's Molding Tech Center and its addi- tion of LSR mold-building and testing capabilities. We also added a significant amount of new mold- making and inspection equipment. The Molding Tech Center opened with an Arburg 110-ton all-electric press, which covered about 80 percent of the molds that we were manufacturing. Soon after that invest- 863 Marshall Phelps Road Windsor, Connecticut 06095 860-219-1406 860-856-0162 burteckllc.com • Uses offshore partners to manufacture plastic- injection and LSR molds, ranging from prototype to high-cavitation, interchangeable production molds. • Offers services in its Windsor, Connecticut facility and through partners in Shanghai and Cixi, China. • Provides support from product changes to maintenance and repair. • Employs a workforce with over 20 years of experience in mold building, engineering and project management. • Works with original equipment manufacturers and molders in the medical, automotive and consumer- products industries. • Offers class 101 molds with fast turnarounds because of its extensive tool manufacturing capabilities and capacity. Burteck LLC's fully developed Molding Tech Center is used for mold testing and qualification and turn-key services for customer-owned equipment. Every mold is put through rigorous qualification procedures before shipping. Equipment ranges from 110 to 340 tons along with two-component and liquid silicone rubber (LSR) capabilities. A Conversation with … Burteck LLC ment, we added an Engel 340-ton, tie-barless press for testing larger, two-component molds. This installation was somewhat unique because we retrofitted a standard single-shot mold- ing machine into a two-shot machine by adding a third-party rotary table, a second injection unit from Boy Machines and a central automation system to tie all the pieces together. This retrofit enabled us to add two-shot testing capabilities for a fraction of the cost and the lead time of a traditional two-shot machine. In 2017, we added an Arburg 165-ton all-electric machine. The latest addition to the shop is an Engel 180-ton, tie-barless machine configured for LSR molding, complete with a Graco LSR pump and static mixer. On top of those four Burteck-owned machines, we dedicated space and resources for customer-owned equipment to offer turn-key solutions. We currently have three of these systems in- house. Customers who are building molds with us and who also are purchasing new equipment can drop-ship the equipment to our facility where we develop the mold, machine it and use any other auxiliary equipment in a cohesive work cell. Lastly, we added two GF Machining Solutions wire EDM machines, two Zeiss coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), five GF Machining sinker EDM machines and a 3R Work Partner 84-station robot system to service the new EDM machines. Explain the motivation behind these advancements. Eastham: Burteck has always been a strong mold builder with high-quality, competitive pricing and lead times. We believed

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