WILMINGTON, N.C. (Oct. 4, 1:40 p.m. EDT) — Wilmington Machinery Inc. will show its high-volume SB machine for blow molding small bottles, plus its large-platen Lumina structural foam molding press.
Last year, the company shifted its marketing focus to very high-output blow molders, able to produce at least 250,000 bottles a day, or 75 million a year.
Wilmington said it has developed the technique to blow 100 percent of the entire parison, so bottles and flash never stick together. The 24-station SB wheel can mold as many as 240 bottles per minute.
The SB molds single-serve dairy, food, juice and yogurt packaging. Wilmington Machinery created the SB series after working with makers of small-bottle packaging, who told the equipment maker they were looking for the best, simplest and most economical machinery to handle very high production rates.
Wilmington concentrated on applications that require 50 million to 200 million containers per year, in either monolayer or multilayer configurations.
The Lumina structural foam press has larger platens, so it molds pallets, collapsible storage bins, underground drainage and material-handling applications.
Improvements on the Lumina line include a simplified nozzle/manifold system, streamlined independent sequence nozzle control and electric extruder drives, Wilmington said.
The Versa-FillT sequential injection system gives fully independent nozzle control.