Graham Engineering Corp., the York, Pa.-based maker of extrusion blow molding machines, has commercialized the HS Series of rotary wheel machines.
The machine, with two-ton clamping stations, is designed to mold lightweight bottles such as dairy, juice or yogurt containers.
The wheel machine provides advances in flexibility, commonality of components and faster job changes compared to existing wheel machines, the company said.
“For many years there was little impetus to change our ‘tried and true' spool design. This has always been the standard by which wheel machines have been compared,” said Dave Yenor, vice president of business development. “But a few years ago, we started focusing our R&D efforts on improving our approach to manufacturing our rotary systems.
“The result is that we have developed significant advancements in our approach to the wheel construction, especially in the flexibility to modify the number of machine clamping stations if a configuration change is desired in the future,” he said.
That means the number or size of molds are readily adjustable if the product mix changes over time.
Other advantages of the HS Series include a range of 12 to 16 stations; improved access inside the spool area for easier maintenance; commonality of pre-built clamp stations for each tonnage, regardless of the number of stations per machine, faster mold close time in some configurations and reduced lead times to build machines.
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