Mercury Marine announced the commissioning of a new high-pressure die-casting machine at its campus in Fond du Lac, Wis., on Monday.
The company said the 4,500-ton Buhler-Prince machine is the largest high-pressure die-casting machine in North America.
Mercury said it has invested more than $800 million in research and development and manufacturing expansion at the Fond du Lac campus since 2009. Installation of the Buhler-Prince machine began late in 2016 and was completed in late March.
“This new machine positions us to make castings that no one else in the industry can do,” Mercury Castings general manager Mike Meyer said in a statement. “With this new machine, Mercury can make larger, lightweight structural components and reduce the overall weight of our engine by producing more efficient castings.”
The company said the new machine has 4,500 tons of closing force with three industrial robots integrated into the cell. The total weight of the machine with tools and oil is more than a million pounds. It can produce large structural components for the high-horsepower marine segment, and even other segments, such as automotive.
“This new, state-of-the-art casting machine on our campus gives us the opportunity to continue to drive growth for the business,” Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer said. “This investment is one of many milestones on Mercury’s investment journey to support our customers now and into the future.”