PET preform molding machine gains upgrades

Dec. 28, 2015
The "Athena for Sipa" PET preform molding machines have undergone a number of changes over the last year.

XForm 150 and XForm 300 The "Athena for Sipa" PET preform molding machines have undergone a number of changes over the last year. The compact, 150- and 300-ton machines feature electric clamp and ejector movement, with hydraulics providing the clamping force buildup. The 150-ton machine can accommodate up to 48 cavities, the 300-ton machine (pictured at right) as many as 96 cavities. Through the companies' partnership, Sipa manages the sales, service and integration of the PET preform machines, with the support of Athena Automation Ltd.

What's new? Upgrades to the machines include higher-flow-capacity transfer valves; better hose routing, protection and isolation; and redesigned transfer pins and cooling tubes. The robot that works alongside the machines has also been upgraded, using stiffer steel.

Benefits Reduced lock-to-lock time, optimized post-mold transfer and cooling, improved energy efficiency and better access for operating and maintaining the machines. Other benefits include the robot's improved Z-axis motion profile and easily removable end-of-arm tooling.

Athena Automation Ltd., Vaughan, Ontario, 905-265-0277, www.athenaautomation.comSipa North America Inc., Atlanta, 404-349-3966, www.sipa.it

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