Pentagon Plastics has made a lofty £35k investment in a new ZERES Hybrid 40-tonne injection moulding machine, supplied by long-term partner Premier Moulding Machinery.
Purchased in early April 2022 from valued supply partner Premier Moulding Machinery, the new addition to Pentagon’s existing 12 machine plant will add to its fully electric and hybrid offering, delivering greater efficiency. This press size fits nicely into the lower clamp forces in Pentagon’s range and will be widely utilised for the production of medical components as well as supporting other industry sectors for technical moulding production.
Selection parameters for the new moulding press included energy efficiency and Pentagon anticipates that the ZERES will provide estimated annual savings of 47,352 kWh in energy consumption, saving in excess of £6,000.00 per annum against older presses of similar size.
Delivery is set for 14th April with installation just days after. To accommodate the additional press Pentagon is revising the layout of its existing manufacturing facility in Blatchford Road, Horsham. This will include the relocation of the production offices to create valuable shop floor workspace.
Renovations of a previously disused office area in the neighbouring building (also owned by Pentagon) will create a dedicated management suite, thereby facilitating the move of the existing production offices. This is another big step in the Pentagon renovations that have spanned several years and will allow the full factory footprint to be used to facilitate the manufacturing process.
Other recent self-funded investments for the Moulding Division at Pentagon include three new conveyors from TH Plastics which are wider than the current ones in use. These were purchased to reduce the risk of wastage due to product overflowing when running multi-cavity tools. Two new water heaters (model TT181) have been purchased from Tool-Temp to improve our control of mould tool temperatures during production. A final April purchase for moulding has seen a new large-screen display monitor being installed on the shop floor to deliver live Intouch Monitoring of all the injection moulding presses to the workforce which follows the recent upgrade to their I4 cloud-based application.
The investment comes at an exciting time for Pentagon as they edge closer to celebrating their 50th year in business and this most recent investment is an additional cause for celebration.
If you are considering moving your production to a new UK supplier or have a project to consider, view Pentagon’s full plant list on the company website.