Blow Molding: New All-Electric Blow Molders at Plast 2018 Show

Two electric shuttles and an electric one-step stretch-blow machine debuted in Milan in May.

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At the recent Plast 2018 show in Milan, Italy, two suppliers introduced additional all-electric blow molding machines.

Meccanoplastica brought out the HE-480/D (photo), a mid-size double-sided shuttle machine with 13-ton clamp, carriage stroke of 480 mm, and 90-mm extruder. It’s designed for containers up to 5 L. At the show, it produced 3 L containers with two heads at 580/hr. This model fits between HE units for up to 2 L and up to 10 L.

Meanwhile, Magic MP introduced an all-electric shuttle with very long stroke—up to 1600 mm. Model ME-L50/D-1600-T50 has twin 55-ton clamps and up to six heads with 230-mm center distances. With a double head, it can produce 2 + 2 jerrycans of 15-30 L on 400-mm center distance.

Magic also showed off a new all-electric, one-step injection-stretch-blow machine for PET. The MTM 170 completes the MTM series that was launched three years ago with the MTM 152. The new, larger model handles up to 14 cavities for small 10-ml bottles.

The other news from Magic is the forthcoming opening next month of Magic North America’s new headquarters in Canton, Mich. The firm’s current office is in New Castle, Del. The new facility It will stock spare parts and have a showroom with machines for customer demonstrations and trials. The new phone number is 313-209-9107; email