Ensinger Putnam adding three turnkey work cells
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Roger Renstrom, Plastics News
May 05, 2015
Ensinger Putnam Precision Molding ordered three turnkey work cells from Wittmann Kunststoffgeräte
and anticipates having them operational by mid-summer.
Ensinger Putnam signed purchase orders at NPE 2015 in Orlando, Florida, in March and projects
expending about $600,000 (€541,754) for three all-electric Battenfeld injection moulding machines of
61,121 and 198 tons and a plethora of auxiliary equipment.
“We assembled a team starting almost 10 months ago, and that culminated with the purchase of the three
work cells,” said Matt McKenney, general manager of Ensinger Putnam.
“We looked at a number of manufacturers from around the globe and found that the best solution was in
our own back yard,” he said.
Slightly more than 70 miles separate the Ensinger Putnam site in Putnam, Connecticut, and the
equipment supplier’s US location, Wittmann Battenfeld, in Torrington, Connecticut.
The auxiliary equipment includes six Tempro basic C200 temperature control units, three DryMax
E30/70 dryers, six FeedMax S3 integral loaders, three MAS2 conventional granulators, two W818 servo
robots and one W808 servo robot.
“This customer takes advantage of us being a full-line supplier,” said Markus Klaus, manager of the US
injection moulding machine division for Wittmann Battenfeld.
Wittmann is manufacturing most of the equipment in Austria and will ship the components to the
12,000-square-foot Torrington facility for assembly of the complete work cells, testing to the customer’s
specifications and conducting trials using Ensinger Putnam-supplied moulds.
Wittmann is building the automation components in the United States, Klaus said.
“We will train the customer on running the equipment in our technical centre,” Klaus said. “After one
week of production and customer acceptance, we will disassemble the equipment and relocate it to
The project excites McKenney.
“The training facilities are state of the art, and the spare parts inventory is quite impressive,” McKenney
said. “What swayed the team most of all, beyond the quality of the product, was the ability to have all
the equipment related to an injection moulding cell manufactured by one company. This makes the line
of communication very clear and will lead, we believe, to a great long-term partnership.”
Ensinger Putnam employs 66, occupies 66,000 square feet and operates 20 injection moulding machines
of 40-500 tons.
“We will immediately be taking two machines off line and eventually a third so that our total number of
machines will remain at 20,” McKenney said.
The processor will configure its floor use and incorporate lean manufacturing techniques to maximize
productivity and workflow.
Of existing equipment, “the average age is currently 18 years,” he said. “With the retirement of two
older machines and the addition of these three [Battenfelds], we will have an average machine age of 14
McKenney noted Ensinger Putnam’s newer equipment including six of 12 Nisseis and an Engel are of a
similar technology to the Wittmann Battenfeld presses “except that these are the first all-electric
machines in the fleet.”
For Ensinger Putnam, “injection moulding is around 80% of our business with the balance being spin
casting and plastic part machining,” McKenney said. End markets include aerospace, automotive,
business equipment, industrial and medical.
The business has existed under various identities for 81 years, was one of the first companies to mould
nylon in the 1940s and was the original and, initially, the sole US distributor and service centre for
Battenfeld presses in the 1950s. The company moved to Putnam in 1966, and ultimate parent Ensinger
acquired Putnam Precision Molding in 1996.
Nufringen, Germany-based Ensinger employs about 2,100, has annual sales of about $437m (€395m)
and operates 28 production and sales locations globally. The firm’s first foreign subsidiary, Ensinger,
has its headquarters in Washington, Pennsylvania.
In addition to the Connecticut operation, other Ensinger US divisions extrude and cast stock shapes and
make sheet, rod and tube in Washington, Pennsylvania; extrude thin-gauge sheet, coil, strip and punched
parts in Bensalem, Pennsylvania; compression mould shapes and parts in Houston; and custom cast
nylon parts and near-net shapes in Grenloch, New Jersey.
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