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一段历史归来

Almost 50 years and 40,000 machines after it started making them, 米拉克龙 now has the third injection molding machine it ever built back in its possession and on display.

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审阅1968年8月7日发给辛辛那提·米尔宁的印刷机原始采购订单& Grinding 机s Inc., 米拉克龙’汤姆·布朗(Tom Brown)指出他的公司’的不寻常的邮寄地址。“必须在邮政编码之前,” Brown said, reading aloud 米拉克龙’s then postal code—美国俄亥俄州辛辛那提第9号—来自45岁的文件。 
 

Brown,西部北美地区销售副总裁 Milacron 有限责任公司说,这台重达375吨的辛辛那提机器距公司西北方向600英里’s former Oakley, Ohio factory outside Cincinnati to West Des Moines, Iowa and Mid Central Plastics. Mid Central Plastics is known today as Innovative Injection Technologies (i2tech) and it remains a very good 米拉克龙 customer (taking delivery of a 3,300-ton Maxima G Servo machine last November), while 米拉克龙’塑料机械公司的业务现在位于俄亥俄州的巴达维亚市,曾经占地74英亩的Oakley生产基地被夷为平地,并将其制造为3号压力机,并将其重新开发为“multiuse space”,包括公寓,购物区和电影院。
 

大客户,长久的联系
布朗本人不是’t new to 米拉克龙 or plastics, starting with the company 26 years ago, although his first 23 years came on its extrusion side. When he moved over to the injection business three years ago, a meeting with i2tech, given its long history as a customer, came shortly thereafter.
 

“i2tech是被介绍给我的第一批客户之一,”布朗回忆。在最初的会议中,i2tech的历史意义’s oldest machine became understood, and Brown said 米拉克龙 took an interest in its future. At one point, there had been some talk 重建i2tech的印刷机并在NPE 2012上展出。
 

“由于各种原因,我们决定不这样做,” Brown explained, “但是我们知道机器在那里,所以我们开始与公司所有权紧密合作。”
 

While selling i2tech some new machines in October of 2011, a pump on the aging press failed, and rather than replace the component, i2tech opted for a new 330-ton Roboshot that 米拉克龙 had in stock.
 

“停用机器很有意义,” Brown said, “并用在技术方面更现代的东西代替它。” Over its 43 years of continuous service, the 375-ton 32-ounce shot machine, bearing serial No. 3, is believed to have been rebuilt twice, not counting when it was retooled for a 米拉克龙 open house in 2013. Prior to that gig, however, the then 45-year-old machine’的未来暂时令人怀疑。
 

“当新的Roboshot交付给i2tech时,” Brown remembered, “我们就旧机器的处理方式进行了一些交谈—它上的所有东西都被完全用光了。 I2tech表示注塑成型寿命长  machine, ‘Don’您出于历史原因想要这个吗?’ [Cincinnati 米拉克龙] does have an original machine tool from 1880s on display in a conference room, so the thought process was to do something like that, but this machine is a lot bigger.”
 

最终,将新的Roboshot交付到西得梅因的卡车返回俄亥俄州,拖着辛辛那提3号,尽管反应混合。
 

“很多人说‘你疯了吗?我们应该怎么做?, ’”布朗回忆说,并指出这是公司历史上使用得很好的一段“坐在植物的后面”在找到新用途之前的一段时间。
 

永久展示
“去年四月我们准备迎接开放日时,” Brown said, “我们认为这将是一台很棒的机器,然后我们对其进行了重建。今天,一切都在移动,它’s functional, but we’我从来没有挂过模具。我们打算将其保留为展示品。”(下图所示的3号翻新车)。
 

Originally building machines in threes, 米拉克龙 has a picture (above) of its newest display piece as it appeared freshly assembled and sitting alongside Nos. 1 and 2, newly painted army green.
 

1968年8月,有几则大新闻,尤其是22日那周在芝加哥发生的动荡,这是该市在举行民主党全国代表大会期间爆发暴力事件的标志。休伯特·汉弗莱(Hubert Humphrey)接受他的政党’s nomination, the new 米拉克龙 press made its way west to Iowa, presumably by back roads (I-74’辛辛那提总站距离竣工6年。
 

然而,关于1968年的另一件事引起了布朗的认可’是在密歇根州长大的。“That’老虎击败红衣主教的那一年,”布朗说,回忆起底特律’十月4-3世锦赛击败卫冕冠军圣路易斯红雀队—a fact that’s perhaps fitting given that 米拉克龙’s成立于1884年,距1869年在辛辛那提成立第一支职业棒球队仅15年。  (The ’68名红军以83-79的战绩排名全国联盟第四。

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