Continental Southern Industries Inc. is expanding its proprietary product line with a new, large blow molding machine from Milacron Inc.
Greenville, S.C.-based Continental can make 60-inch-wide panels on the T-2900 machine, despite its shot size of only 60 pounds. An extra-large platen, 74 by 98 inches, and special head tooling allow the firm to make parts normally molded by machines with more than three times that shot size, according to Continental molding manager Tom Osolinski.
Continental's main business is proprietary and mainly for waste and textile industries. Osolinski would not disclose what parts the new machine is molding, but said several new ones are ``on the drawing board,'' including custom parts.
Osolinksi said Continental helped spur Milacron to introduce the T-2900, the largest blow molding machine in the Milacron T series. The molder began running the machine late last year. Continental bought another blow molder, a Milacron T-1100, last year. It now runs five blow molding machines with the T-2900 being the largest.
``We wanted a lot of versatility,'' Osolinski said when explaining why Continental worked with Milacron on the new machine design. Large, flat panels and large containers are among the products it wants to mold on the T-2900.
The machine includes several new features. It has versatile, Windows-based control with Internet access and a machine camera for remote trouble-shooting and monitoring. It pairs digital transducers with fiber-optic cables to reduce noise and improve repeatability.
Osolinski did not disclose cost of the machine or annual sales of privately held Continental. The company also does a small amount of rotational molding in Greenville.