Plastics processing equipment maker Milacron has made a tooling partnership with blow mold manufacturing company Big 3 Precision Molds to develop and commercialize injection blow molding technology, including turn-key systems.
According to Cincinnati, Ohio-based Milacron, the partnership features a state-of-the-art technical centre that will allow Milacron and Big 3 to work with customers to develop turn-key injection blow systems for both monolayer and co-injection applications.
The centre will be located at Big 3 Precision’s facility in Millville, N.J.
“In addition to the mold making capabilities, the partnership will provide a GMP certified, climate-controlled lab with two Uniloy injection blow molding machines, both of which will be fully supported by Uniloy technicians,” Milacron said in a statement. Uniloy – as well as Mold-Masters, Kortec, and DME – are part of the Milacron Group of Companies.
For co-injection blow molding development, there will be a smaller Uniloy injection blow molding machine with co-injection hot runner technologies from Mold-Masters and Kortec, the Milacron statement continued.
“Milacron will also be offering a turn-key systems approach to the injection blow molding market consisting of a Uniloy Machine, Big 3 Precision molds, Mold-Masters’ Axiom hot runner and TempMaster controls integrated into the machine,” Milacron said. “Uniloy and Big 3 will also provide in-plant assistance during the initial installation of the mold and tools.”
“We are employing the total systems approach that has been [used for] Uniloy’s intermittent extrusion, reciprocating screw technologies,” said Eric Hallstrom, Uniloy Milacron’s sales manager, new business development. “Essentially, we take over all of the development and engineering work on the system and concentrate of delivering to our customers a fully integrated, fully qualified system”.