A three year cross-the-pond research effort is resulting in the first all-electric quick change reciprocating blow mold machine in the world, according to Velocity Equipment Solutions of New Castle, Pennsylvania.
“The reciprocating blow mold technology was introduced in the 1960s and has seen only incremental change since then,” says Tom Blaszkow, president of Velocity. “The new advances in technology we are announcing today not only provide an owner a platform with a lower operating cost, but the quick change capabilities can eliminate the need for multiple production lines to produce multiple containers lowering the owners capital outlay. Finally our unique clamping technology can increase cavitation to a point where output will rival that of much more expensive platforms such as wheel machines.”
The new machine uses electro-mechanical actuators to replace hydraulic cylinders, pumps and actuators typically used. In addition, the failure points common to reciprocating blow mold machines such as ball splines, thrust assemblies and all hydraulic components have been eliminated. All motions on this machine are precision guided, as opposed to the rails and shoes which are common on other machines. The machine was specifically designed for Nampak Plastics in the UK