FITCHBURG, MASS - The U.S. plastics industry has employed robots for about 10 years, and Kenneth Heyse thinks the time is right to sell used robots. Heyse has founded Plastics Automation Exchange Inc., based at the Wallingford, Conn., facilities of Plastics One Inc., a company that refurbishes and sells used plastics machinery.
Heyse is majority shareholder of Plastics Automation Exchange. Plastics One President Robert Risbridger is part owner.
Robot demographics is driving demand for used equipment, Heyse said.
Processors are looking to upgrade. At the same time, another group of molders just now is getting into automation, often at the request of customers.
``The supply and demand has just come to the point where there's a market waiting to emerge,'' Heyse said during an interview at the Plastics One booth during MassPlastics, held March 27-28 in Fitchburg.
Plastics Automation Exchange buys and sells sprue-picker robots, more complex robots, end-of-arm tooling, conveyors and hot stamping, pad printing and silk screening machinery. Heyse said the company has turnaround of three to four weeks on end-of-arm tooling.