Jomar Corp. is launching a new injection blow molding machine that it said is better equipped to run specialty materials.
At NPE in Chicago, the Pleasantville, N.J., firm introduced a new version of its popular blow molding machine that is configured with a horizontal extruder.
The horizontal reciprocating-screw machine is suited for blow molding polycarbonate and polystyrene, said domestic sales manager Lou Maiero. The machine, with a 2-inch injection unit, is used to make medical, personal-care and other packaging products.
The new unit will be offered along with Jomar's signature injection blow molding machines built with vertical plastifier units, Maiero said. Of about 1,100 injection blow molding machines built worldwide by Jomar, all but 30 use vertical plastifiers, Maiero said. The units save floor space and can fill a mold and manifold at lower injection pressure than horizontal units, he said.
``But historically, some materials are processed easier with horizontal reciprocating-screw machines. Certain customers have expected that from us,'' he said.
The company also is launching upgraded injection blow molding machines designed to make smaller PET bottles.