Please visit: Graham Engineering Corporation
1203 Eden Rd.
PO Box 12003
York, PA 17402-0673 US
Machine Type: Reciprocating-screw extrusion
Configuration: single and double die head
Clamp force: 33 tons
Max. shot capacity: 7.25 lb
Max. parison tool diam: 8 in.
Plasticating capacity: Up to 520 lb/hr
Features: Cantilevered clamp, adjustable parison-drop rate, see-through guarding.
Machine type: Continuous-extrusion wheel
No. of parisons: 1 to 6
Bottle size range: 200 cc to 20L
Clamp force range: 7 to 15 tons
Extruder capacity: Up to 7200 lb/hr
Max. no. of stations: 24 with 96 cavities
Features: Continuous operation to 8 rpm, single or dual parisons, 100-point parison programming, 7-layer capability, aseptic capability.
Options: IML, remote wireless diagnostics, remote parison adjustment, turnkey systems.
Machine type: Continuous-extrusion shuttle
Clamp type: Hydraulic C-clamp
Bottle size range: 100 cc to 10 L
Max. container length: 15.6 in.
Output capacity: Up to 15,000 containers/hr
Clamp force range: 2.7 to 22 tons
Cavities: Up to 16
Applications: Food packaging, HIC and personal-care bottles, light industrial packaging, technical parts.
Features: Linear shuttles have stepper-motor control with 0.01-mm reproducibility. Six-layer coex capability.
Of the six machine builders who were willing to pull back the curtain even a little, five of them said they’d be showcasing all-electric presses. That remarkable fact suggests that all-electric technology, which has been a much harder sell in blow molding than in injection molding, is at last starting to find traction.
Machine building to move to York, Pa.
The Graham Group, York, Pa., last month announced it had bought controlling interest in American Kuhne (AK), the Ashaway, R.I.-based manufacturer of extruders, screws, and integrated extrusion systems.
New models of blow molding machines at the show were dominated by wheel machines and stretch-blow systems.
Wheel machines in particular will be on display.
More output, bigger parts, more complex shapes, and more automation are the themes to look for in blow molding equipment at NPE.
For a century, the Hedstrom companies have produced millions of play balls and components for gym and swing sets, riding toys, and other juvenile products. Today, faced with intensifying competitive pressures, the group is hard at work putting the right bounce into its survival strategy for one of the toughest molding sectors.
Several new developments include a brand-new compression blow process, the first foamed PET bottles, and a preform decontamination approach for aseptically filled products sold at ambient temperature. Attendees also saw a new stack-mold Multi-Parting Line concept that doubles bottle output within the same machine footprint. (Additional NPE blow molding news appeared in May and June—see Learn More box.)
Extrusion machinery at the June NPE show in Chicago showed inventive ways to get more out of your floorspace and materials.
While occupying a relatively small category of exhibits, blow molding will present no lack of innovation at NPE.
Injection MoldingHybrid Press Has Electric ClampNew injection presses that combine servo-electric and hydraulic movements to achieve high performance with energy efficiency will be discussed by Arburg Inc., Newington, Conn.
Development of all-electric and hybrid-electric blow molding machines may be gaining momentum, as evidenced by several new models introduced in Dusseldorf.
There will be a strong emphasis on energy savings in blow molding machinery at K 2007.
A new "shot-pot" extrusion blow molding machine from Graham Engineering Corp., York, Pa., is being used to make industrial containers.
Extrusion blow molding a container with a handle may sound easy.
Show-goers will see a range of new blow molding equipment that offers higher speeds, more cavitation, and faster changeovers.
Improving productivity while minimizing capital cost and floorspace will be central themes of blow molding exhibits at NPE 2006.
A rotary wheel machine that sets a new standard for high-volume blow molding of motor-oil bottles was one of the major announcements at the recent SPE Blow Molding Conference in Toledo.
Among the more unusual blow molding developments at K 2004 was a closed-loop control system that monitors and corrects material distribution in PET containers as they are produced.
One of the most interesting innovations in blow molding at K 2004 will be a top-and-bottom blowing system that is said to double bottle output.