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Mercury Marine Installs New High-Pressure Diecasting Machine Mercury Marine (Fond du Lac,


Wisconsin), a manufacturer of recre- ational marine engines, announced the commissioning of a new high-pressure die casting machine, said to be the larg- est in North America. Tis investment is a 4,500-ton Buhler-Prince machine. Installation began late in 2016 and was completed in March 2017. According to a news release,


Mercury Marine has now invested more than $800 million in R&D and manufacturing expansion at its Fond du Lac campus since 2009. “Tis new machine positions us to


make castings that no one else in the in- dustry can do,” said Mike Meyer, general manager, Mercury Castings. “With this new machine, Mercury can make larger, lightweight structural components and reduce the overall weight of our engine by producing more efficient castings.” Te new machine has 4,500 tons of closing force with three industrial ro-


bots integrated into the cell. Te total weight of machine with tools and oil is more than one million lbs. Te new machine can produce large, structural components for the high horse power marine segment, and other segments such as automotive. “Tis new state-of-the-art casting


machine on our campus as it gives us the opportunity to continue to drive growth for the business,” said John Pfeifer, president, Mercury Marine. “Tis investment is one of many milestones on Mercury’s investment journey to support our customers now and into the future.”


Mercury Marine announced the commissioning of a new high-pressure diecasting machine, said to be the largest in North America.


10 | MODERN CASTING May 2017


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