CLEVELAND -- Persico SpA, the Italian company that makes fully automated rotational molding machines -- causing waves in the labor-intensive rotomolding sector -- has introduced a new machine aimed at custom molders.
The company also announced the creation of a U.S. operation, and expanded in China.
The announcements came on Sept. 30.
The Nembro, Italy-based company bought a company in Rochester Hills, Mich., called Autoplas Systems Ltd. and is moving into the building in the Detroit suburb, creating Persico USA.
Persico officials also unveiled the new Smart machine at the Association of Rotational Molders' annual meeting in Cleveland. They billed Smart as a much more flexible, but still automatic, rotomolder.
The first Persico rotomolding machine, called Leonardo, uses electricity for heating molds directly, avoiding the need to cycle the molds through a large oven and cooling station, as in a traditional carousel-type machine. (The first generation of Leonardos used oil).
The machines are highly automated, opening and closing the mold, loading the resin, and depositing finished parts on a conveyor.
Leonardo caught the industry's attention when Persico introduced it 10 years ago. But in the United States, only a handful of the expensive machines, with highly engineered molds, have been sold, and those to very long-running parts. You can turn the machine on and it cranks out parts all day.
At the Cleveland conference, Alberto Carrara said the Smart is designed to give a molder an entry-level knowledge of the benefits of direct heating and cooling. The Smart costs about half as much as Leonardo, said Cararra, sales manager of Persico's Rotomoulding division.
In China, Persico purchased the mold making division of a company in Ningbo.
Persico will exhibit at the K 2013 trade fair in Germany (Hall 15, Stand A38).