Fremont, Ohio-based Epco Machinery LLC is remanufacturing a SIG Kautex KB-250 accumulator blow molding machine.
Epco is adding one of its E-6500 programmable controllers for blow molding. It has expandable capabilities, including the ability to control up to four parisons. Epco also had complete responsibility for electrical engineering on this project.
Epco President Steve Schroeder said the typical turnaround for this type of remanufacturing job is 12 weeks.
SIG Kautex, a unit of SIG Plastics International GmbH, makes large accumulator-head machines in Bonn, Germany, including specialized multilayer machines for automotive gas tanks. In 2002, the company closed its U.S. assembly operation at SIG Plastics Technologies (USA) Inc. in North Branch, N.J.
Visteon Corp. had used the KB-250 to blow mold gas tanks. Wolfgang Meyer, president of the SIG Kautex business unit, said SIG purchased the blow molding machine back from Visteon Corp. After the remanufacturing is completed, the machine will go to a custom molder, he said.
Epco has worked on blow molding machines before, but this is the first time the company has completely remanufactured one up to the level of a new machine, Schroeder said.
Epco has experience building big plastics machines, including large-tonnage injection presses for Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. Epco currently is building large thermoforming machines for its sister company, Brown Machine LLC.
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