Pallet production Lowest cost dual mould machine introduced

Editor: Alexander Stark

Wilmington Machinery announces its newest low pressure plastic pallet injection molding machine, the Lumina Model PM-3C. The new machine is said to be the lowest cost dual mould machine produced worldwide.

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The new PM-3C machine is believed to be the lowest cost dual mold machine produced worldwide.
The new PM-3C machine is believed to be the lowest cost dual mold machine produced worldwide.
(Source: Wilmington Machinery)

Like its predecessors, the Lumina Model PM-3C processes 100 percent plastics even in flake form. Compared to single mould machines, the conversion cost on a dual mould machine is approximately 40 percent less per pallet. Low cost raw material and low conversion cost are essential to producing the lowest-cost plastic pallets.

The PM-3C comes standard with a 675 ton press capable of molding pallets up to 48” x 52” size weighing up to 40 pounds each. It has a HDPE melting capacity of 2400 lbs/hr., sufficient to produce up to 80 pallet per hour and over 600,000 pallets per year. It is available for hot runner molds or the classic external multi-nozzle structural foam injection methods. Either method is capable of gas assist or gas counter pressure molding techniques.

The new machine boasts a small footprint, low-energy consumption, and high quality construction. It has a two-stage injection unit (extruder/accumulator standard with bimetallic barrels and long-life feed screws. It is controlled by either and Allen Bradley or a Beckhoff PLC and actuated by Rexroth hydraulic components and an electric driven extruder making it a hybrid machine.

The machine is available as a moulding machine with moulds only or as a totally integrated pallet production system complete with robotics, resin blending/loading, mould cooling and other accessories.

Wilmington Machinery has built pallet molding machinery and integrated molding systems for nearly 50 years. The new PM-3C joins the Wilmington lineup of both horizontal and vertical low pressure injection molding machinery with press capacities up to 2500 tons and injection capacities up to 300 pounds with melting capacities up to 6000 lbs./hr. The company is located in a modern 65,000SF plant in the Atlantic port city of Wilmington, North Carolina.

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