Breakthrough for all-electric reciprocating blow molding technology?

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  • Velocity announces business realignment to support growth strategy
  • Development project with Nampak Plastics Europe
  • Announcements regarding first commercial application expected

Velocity Equipment Solutions LLC, a supplier of equipment, parts, and tooling for blow molding of HDPE containers, is increasing its focus on the commercialization of its worldwide unique all-electric reciprocating machine technology. The company announced a realignment of its business model to support future growth of its ground-breaking blow molding technology.

“We’ve come a long way since our launch of a developmental blow molding machine and trimmer last year and we’re firmly positioned to take our technology to the next level as we pursue this growth strategy. We’re excited about the market opportunities and we expect to soon make some significant announcements regarding the first commercial application of this technology.”, said Tom Blaszkow, President of Velocity Equipment Solutions.

Development project with Nampak Plastics Europe

Reciprocating blow molding technology has seen only incremental change since its introduction in the 1960s, according to Blaszkow. In response, Velocity Equipment undertook a three-year research and development project with partner Nampak Plastics Europe Ltd., a leading producer of HDPE bottles. The collaborative effort led to the launch of a developmental machine last summer. Since then the company has made numerous modifications and adjustments to make the developmental machine production-ready for manufacture of single-layer HDPE containers for the dairy, industrial, cosmetic, and personal care markets.

velocity_All-electric reciprocating BM machine

The features of reciprocating blow molding technology

The machine uses electro-mechanical actuators to eliminate the hydraulic cylinders, pumps, and actuators common to other reciprocating blow mold platforms, thus significantly lowering energy consumption. In addition, the failure points common to reciprocating blow mold machines such as ball splines, thrust assemblies, and hydraulic components have all been eliminated to cut maintenance costs. All motions on this machine are precision guided compared to the rails and shoes that are common on other machines, leading to longer tooling, mold, and component life.

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