Milacron Inc. of Cincinnati reports the first orders for the smallest model of its new BW F shuttle blow molding machine —marking the completion of the full line of the machine sizes.
The first BW F machine, the BW F16, was launched at NPE 2003. It features fully supported clamps that shuttle horizontally on linear bearings. The second machine size, the BW F24, followed shortly after NPE.
The new, small size, called the BW F4, produces small bottles. The molding machine accepts molds up to 12.4 inches long by 10.6 inches wide
It provides a horizontal shuttle stroke of about 11 inches, with a maximum daylight opening of 5.91 inches.
The double-station model increases width of the machine from 106-126 inches, but stays the same in the other dimensions. That means it doubles output while requiring just 27 percent more floor space.
Milacron said it designed the BW F4 especially for the North American market. It supports trends such as flexible, shorter-run blow molding and easy mold changes. Center-fed Willi Muller die heads allow quick color changes and superior control of radial wall thickness, according to Milacron.
The clamp on the tie-barless machine is distributed evenly by one direct cylinder that transfers force through two deflection-free swivel joint arms onto both mold platens, into the center of the pinch-off areas.
The extruder motion, plus mold and carriage movements are operated by proportional hydraulics in a closed-loop system.
Standard features include pneumatic bottle deflashers fastened to the mold platen and bottle pick-and-place systems.
The company's Uniloy Milacron/B&W Blowmoulding Systems business, based in Berlin, Germany, developed the machine. The machines are assembled in the Uniloy Milacron plant in Polícka, the Czech Republic, where Milacron employs 40.
Applications support is available through FHG Systems Inc., Uniloy Milacron's North American partner on shuttle machines.
Tel. (734) 428-2244, fax (734) 428-1165.