Jomar Italia's latest extrusion blow molding machines have a hybrid drive configuration that the company claims uses half the electricity of hydraulic versions.
The EBM 6.0D L/S long-stroke machine, shown at K 2004 in Dusseldorf, was making 300-milliliter Boston round toiletry bottles at a rate of about 5,300 per hour.
The firm, based in Bologna, Italy, is owned by Jomar Corp. in Pleasantville, N.J., best-known for its injection blow molding machines. Jomar Corp. President Bill Petrino said the company chose a hybrid configuration over all-electric to keep customers' costs down.
``Electric drives add around 30 percent to the price, and every two to three years users get a healthy maintenance bill,'' he said in an interview at the show, held Oct. 20-27.
He claims ball screws on the clamp last no more than that and cost $25,000-$30,000 to replace.
Petrino says Jomar is heavily dependent on sales outside of North America - which accounts for around 10 percent of annual sales, compared with 50 percent five years ago.
About 30 percent of company sales are currently in Asia, despite the strong price advantage of local suppliers. Petrino credits sales to multinational toiletry companies and their bottle suppliers.
He said Jomar is considering sourcing parts from China.
``But we will never sacrifice quality for price. We have customers that have our machines running for 35 years,'' he said.