R&B Plastics Machinery LLC of Saline, Mich., has launched a line of continuous extrusion shuttle blow molding machines for bottles.
R&B is known for its wheel machines, which turn out containers at a high output.
The new continuous extrusion shuttle machines fit into the low-volume to midvolume output categories, the company said. The RB line of machines will come in five models, with clamping forces of 2½-22½ tons and the ability to run 32 cavities on an 85-millimeter center distance.
The machines are available in inclined and horizontal clamp configurations. R&B said the presses' parts can be interchanged with parts of some of the top machine brands in the market.
R&B's rapid entry into the market is a result of an agreement covering the Americas with a South African-based company, which has an installed base of 150 blow molding machines in South Africa, Australia and some Asian countries.
James Sheely, vice president of business development at R&B, said the South African company, which he would not name, will build components and subassemblies. R&B will do the final assembly in Saline.
Founded in 1980, R&B also makes extrusion blow molds, PET bottle molds and cold-end tooling at Monroe Mold in Monroe, Mich. The company bills itself as a supplier of turnkey systems.
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