Century Die Co. of Fremont, Ohio, opened a blow molding test center July 1.
Company officials would not reveal the amount invested in the center.
Century Die designs and manufactures plastic blow molds and tooling. Its 5,500-square-foot center features a Jomar EBM-6.0, the latest extrusion model from Jomar.
Bruce Bille, sales manager for Century Die, said the machine, shown at NPE 1997, held June 16-20 in Chicago, was shipped directly from the show.
``This is the first of several machines to be installed in the next year,'' Bille added.
The test center has been planned for four to six months and the facility is in a converted building on Century Die's property.
About three to five people will work in the test center. Auxiliary equipment such as chillers and dryers also will be installed in the center.
The Jomar machine will test bottle blow molds and materials. The machine initially will run polyethylene, with testing of additional plastic resins to be done when required.
The new lab will expand the company's prototyping, quality assurance and troubleshooting abilities, Gary Bewley, general manager, said in a news release.
``For instance, changes can be made based on the blown product, eliminating the need to ship molds back and forth. Century Die is also well-equipped now to do turnkey work and to get involved in more projects right from the start,'' he said.
Century Die employs 70 and makes molds and tooling to produce packaging for market segments including food, beverage, household chemical, detergent, lawn and garden, medical, pharmaceutical and automotive products.
The firm was founded in 1946 and operates several computer numerically controlled machining centers.