News Release from Gloucester Engineering
GLOUCESTER, MA (April 24, 2013) – Gloucester Engineering Co., Inc. (GEC), now in its 52nd year, announces the expansion of its blown film machinery die rebuilding offerings. With increased demands for the this specialized service along with calls for shorter lead times and increased performance for dies, GEC offers rebuilds and upgrades on both their own dies as well as dies originally manufactured by other companies.
“We are experiencing a virtual near capacity situation in our die rebuilding program,” notes VP Laurent Cros, who heads up operations for GEC aftermarket products and service operations. “In response to this and to accommodate a record of new die rebuild orders coming in, we have taken a fresh look at these operations. As an OEM with 5+ decades of experience in this field, we most likely have the original drawings and specifications to rebuild our own equipment in the field, but competitor units as well.
We stand apart from smaller shops in many ways, one of them, plus making our own seals to any original equipment specifications.” These include:
- Allocating additional resources to the firm’s Gloucester, MA headquarters and production facilities including setting up to rebuild large dies including geomembranes.
- Bolstering the firm’s in-house and out-of-house formal training. Most of the technicians at GED have been formally trained at UMass/Lowell in the Plastics Engineering programs.
- Increasing its dedicated staff of technicians to work on die rebuilds
- Offering, with the ability to add, new features and options to rebuilding dies.
- Putting into effect increasing efficiencies to enable GEC to trim die rebuild costs for customers where possible.
The GEC spokesman notes that the larger operation now offers:
- Stripping and re-plating of complete dies or components.
- Hand polishing of die components that eliminate minor surface imperfections.
- A full range of plating options, including electroless nickel, chrome and thin dense chrome.
- Machining for pin inserts to accommodate frequent die gap changes.
- Machining of both sizing rings and pin for inserts
- Better cosmetic look adding new guarding and cabinets.
- Inspection report services of each component which includes comprehensive recommendations on how to achieve even better performance.
Since the company’s founding in New England in 1961, this wholly American-owned designer and manufacturer of advanced extrusion equipment and specialized services for the plastics industry, has become a worldwide leader to help customers produce sophisticated film, sheet and foam for a multitude of applications. Recent acquisitions of Future Design and Pearl Technologies have broadened the company’s line of offerings to include innovative products for the flexible packaging and blown film bubble management and consumable parts for converting and extrusion capital equipment.
For further information: www.gloucesterengineering.com.