K 2016: Jomar launches next-generation injection blow molding machine

K 2016: Jomar launches next-generation… Jomar Corp., a manufacturer of injection blow molding (IBM) machinery for the pharmaceutical, healthcare, personal care, beauty, food and beverage, and household products industries, has announced the launch of a next-generation injection blow molding (IBM) machine series that incorporates a unique custom-designed servo-driven hydraulic system. The new Jomar IntelliDriveTM Series delivers major improvements in energy consumption, output, and performance while also maintaining the machine's footprint. The company will showcase the new IBM technology at the K 2016 exhibition (Hall 14/A32), which runs Oct. 19-26 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The Jomar IntelliDrive series features precise servo-driven hydraulics that reduces energy consumption by 40%-50% and boasts a dry cycle time of 1.8 sec. which is significantly faster than standard hydraulic machines. Jomar engineers worked in partnership with Bosch Rexroth, Charlotte, N.C., to develop a proprietary use of servo-driven hydraulic technology to power the machine and plastifier.

"We've taken injection blow molding to a new level with the new IntelliDrive Series of injection blow molding machines," said Ron Gabriele, Sales Manager for Jomar. "We've developed a machine that reduces operating costs and increases production, thus delivering more profits for our customers."

Along with the lower energy and utility costs, the IntelliDrive series offers a reinforced main platen which reduces the possibility of deflection. The machine also features a closed-loop system for the machine's clamping system, which delivers exact control over the clamp's speed and position. This creates faster speeds for opening and closing while simultaneously reducing impact upon tooling, thus prolonging the lifespan of the molds.

Overall, the IntelliDrive series has a higher degree of control over the machine's internal functions, resulting in more efficient use of energy. As a result, in addition to the power savings, the machine requires 40% less hydraulic oil, uses less than half the cooling tower water, and emits substantially less ambient heat compared to standard hydraulic machines. These factors all dramatically reduce overall operating cost.

"Over the last couple of years, we've had numerous inquiries about our intentions in developing an all-electric machine," said Carlos Castro, President of Jomar. "The IntelliDrive Series is a preferable alternative for Jomar because we've achieved energy savings comparable to all-electric machines while also maintaining our robust and versatile hydraulic system." Energy savings is contingent upon machine model, container specification, and material process.

Jomar's development work in hybrid and all-electric machines consistently hit a roadblock due to components that did not yield optimal benefits and were plagued with high replacement cost, according to Castro. "We feel that the IntelliDrive Series makes more sense for our customers who want energy savings, but not expensive and complicated repairs."

The hydraulic system of the IntelliDrive series vastly improves the machine's energy efficiency and control, but doesn't require costly components that could amount to as much as 15% of the entire machine. In fact, the IntelliDrive line of machines will only cost 10%-15% more than the standard hydraulic machine and replacement parts will be available at costs comparable to their entirely-hydraulic counterpart.

Jomar's confidence in the hydraulic system of the IntelliDrive series has enabled the company to extend the warranty by two and a half times the duration of a standard warranty. "Not only are we lowering our customers' per-part cost with utility savings, but we're providing a solution that has a very low cost of ownership," said Castro." This is consistent with our overall effort of delivering short- and long-term value to our customers."

Other key features include a quick-change mounting system for the preform cylinder which drastically reduces the time required for cylinder maintenance, a digital displacement transducer for better clamp control and speed, and a variable-frequency drive for a secondary motor.

The new feature-enhanced IntelliDrive IBM machine has exactly the same footprint as its standard hydraulic counterpart.