Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. began commercial production with a Persico SpA automated Leonardo rotational molding system in La Mirada, Calif., in August after two weeks of tests.
The first product is a 72S, a new [bulk] laundry cart that is an update of our 72P [model], said Robert Dunne, president of Ashtabula, Ohio-based MOD. He said the improvements would not have been possible to manufacture on other rotomolding machines. The redesign has smooth rounded corners, internal ribs, high strength and light weight.
There is some consolidation in the laundry industry, but [this kind of cart is] still the way laundries move product from hotels to cleaning facilities, Dunne said.
MOD started using its first Leonardo system at its Madison, Ind., plant in March 2008.
MOD claims to be the only company in North America operating two of the systems in different geographic locations.
We want to custom-design products for customers, Dunne said in a telephone interview. We do not want to fill 24-7 with proprietary work.
MOD, which had 2008 sales of $32 million, is a division of Meese Inc., part of family-owned Tingue, Brown & Co. of Saddle Brook, N.J.
Persico launched the Leonardo system in 2003 and continues deliveries. At this moment, we have installed 36 machines, including 15 in Italy, seven in France, six in the United Kingdom, four in the U.S., two in Australia and one each in Spain and the United Arab Emirates, said Gaetano Donizetti, sales manager for the rotational division of Persico in Nembro, Italy. We don't have orders in progress, Donizetti said in an e-mail.
Pneumatic cylinders on a compact Leonardo machine handle mold opening and closing. The energy-efficient system directly controls curing and heating cycles on the basis of internal part temperatures and can rotomold without an on-site operator.
In September 2008, Persico and rotomolding equipment maker Ferry Industries Inc. of Stow, Ohio, announced a partnership to market each other's machines.
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