Automa SpA of Bologna, Italy, has renewed its activities in North America, by opening Automa North America with its Canadian representative, Moldpro Inc.
Automa has offices in Burlington, Ontario, and Buffalo, N.Y. The company has a staff of service people, and a sales agent network across the United States.
In technology news, Automa introduced its double-station, continuous extrusion blow molding machine, the PLUS AT 15D, to the U.S. market.
The AT 15D works well for multicavity applications, making bottles in 6, 8, 10 and 12 cavities. With an extended shuttle, it can produce gallon-size containers in six cavities at a center distance of 200 millimeters.
A bottle take-out mechanism rotates by 90 degrees, bringing the bottles toward the back of the machine onto a merge conveyor. That allows machine-width reduction by about 6 feet, thinner than comparable machines that have bottles exiting from both sides.
Automa also introduced the PLUS AT 10D for multilayer bottles such as six-layer bottles for mayonnaise, ketchup and fruit juice. The clamping mechanism, operated by a hydraulic cylinder and proportional valve, shuttles along a linear bearing unit, generating a low level of friction. A four-parison extrusion head has a center distance of 125mm.
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