Fenton, Mich. — Soph Inc., part of a German company that also has an operation in China, has started U.S. manufacturing of the company’s Magbo magnetic mold clamping system for making quick mold changes. Soph began running a machining center at its facility in Fenton in mid-August, President Paul Van Every said. The machining center has a surface area of 62-by-80 inches. It machines the magnet frame. The so-called electropermanent magnets are bolted to the platens on an injection molding press. After a short pulse of electrical power, the system is magnetized and will hold the mold fast. The magnetic mold clamp does not rely on power to remain magnetized. That means a power outage does not change the magnetic force. Hamburg, Germany-based Soph GmbH has been selling Magbo mold clamping systems in the United States, first through offices in Brighton, Mich. Van Every, a 21-year veteran of the magnetic mold clamping industry, said Soph Inc. moved into its current 18,000-square-foot building in Fenton at the end of 2016. The company already has been doing some assembly of smaller magnets, but the new machining capability is a major move forward, Van Every said in an interview a...