(Munich/Waldwick, NJ), 4 December 2014) Menshen Packaging USA, Inc – a subsidiary of the family-owned company Georg Menshen GmbH & Co. KG, located in the town of Finnentrop in the Sauerland region of Germany – relies almost exclusively on KraussMaffei injection molding machines at its production plant in Waldwick, New Jersey. The company manufactures a wide and diverse range of standard and custom caps not only for the packaging of cosmetics and cleaning products but also for use in the chemical and food industries. In addition to standard and multi-component injection molding machines with clamping forces ranging between 50 and 500 tons, they also employ a variety of automated solutions to assemble their sophisticated caps and closures.
Georg Menshen GmbH & Co. KG produces over five billion plastic components a year, making it one of the largest manufacturers on the global market. The company specializes in developing and producing sophisticated caps and closures for bottles, tubes and pouches, as well as sponge applicators and childproof safety caps for chemical products. Their products are manufactured at seven facilities in Germany, Spain, Russia, China, Mexico and the USA. The plant in Waldwick, New Jersey, was founded back in 1972 as the first step in the company's overseas expansion program, and has been successfully producing caps and lids for the North American market ever since. "Innovative designs, optimized functionality, custom solutions and outstanding quality that can be reproduced a million times over all at an extremely low cost per piece," replies Rogelio M. Ayala, Vice President of Sales and Operations at Menshen Packaging USA, when asked what his customers' key requirements are. These requirements are met using KraussMaffei injection molding machinery and the Group's global production network, which enables Menshen to ensure that their products are of a consistently high quality all over the world. Their plant in the US is equipped with 23 injection molding machines, 18 of which have been supplied by KraussMaffei. Numerous other machines and systems are also housed in the enormous production facility, which covers a total of 120,000 ft2 (approximately 11,148 m2): Four complete production lines, four extrusion presses, four packaging lines and two filling machines are used to develop and manufacture prototype and new products, , carry out extensive tests, and much more besides injection molding.
Menshen Packaging chose KraussMaffei as their partner for injection molding solutions a long time ago. KraussMaffei's US subsidiary, founded in 1966, played an important role in this process as the company's local contact partner. Today the Waldwick plant has a total of 18 C- and CX-Series hydraulic injection molding machines, with clamping forces of between 500 and 5000 kN. Starting with market trends and customer requirements and working towards higher outputs with larger molds, over the following years more advanced and, more importantly, more sizable machines were acquired. Paul Caprio, President of the US subsidiary KraussMaffei Corporation in Florence, Kentucky, explains: "Our CX Series injection molding machines and their predecessor versions are powerful workhorses and therefore well established in the North American market. Their advanced technology and high degree of versatility have made them a popular choice with many manufacturers. Menshen Packaging, for example, also uses a two-component machine for making multicolored parts on a daily basis." With clamping forces of between 350 and 6500 kN, CX-Series machines are also popular due to the fact that they are flexible and cost-efficient. Their core component is a compact dual-platen clamping unit. Thanks to their modular design, manufacturers can put together a customized machine from over 100 combinations of clamping and injection units. This means they can always find the right solution to meet almost any requirements. Precision is of the utmost importance in the packaging industry: Precision in the clamping movement and the closing force, as well as precise metering of the raw material being processed that can be reproduced with complete accuracy. Another important factor in guaranteeing that Menshen's final products are of exceptional quality is their very own research and development department. Numerous items of testing equipment enable consistently thorough quality assurance checks to be made at every stage of the development and production processes. Molds are cleaned, inspected and repaired at the company's mold manufacturing facility, where prototype molds can also be made.
"We worked closely with KraussMaffei prior to placing an order with them, so when their machines arrived here at our plant all we had to do was connect them to the energy and water supply and then start manufacturing – it really was just a case of 'plug-and-play'," explains Ayala. "We are extremely satisfied with the KraussMaffei Corporation in Florence, Kentucky – not only because of their detailed knowledge of machinery and processes, but also because of the excellent advice and service we have received from them. Their employees are highly competent, they respond quickly to our questions, and their maintenance and replacement-parts services are highly efficient," he adds. Having service engineers who are close at hand and can be available at short notice is essential, especially in the mass production of plastic caps and closures. Many of Menshen's customers are large businesses that trade all over the world and would not accept late deliveries – this means that long and especially unscheduled machine downtimes must be avoided at all costs. This is where the Waldwick plant's sophisticated logistics system also plays its part. Another factor that has a significant influence on investment decisions at Menshen is how easy machines are to operate and quickly and easily staff can learn to control them. KraussMaffei technology fits the bill in both respects.