Blow Molded Specialties Inc. expands its ability to handle complex fuel and hydraulic tank assemblies and cabin components with the purchase of a new Hercules accumulator head blow molding machine from Graham Engineering.

The machine has a shot size of 50 pounds and is expected to be ready for use in January 2017.

“We’re growing – that’s the # 1 reason. # 2 is because we get more business and work more efficiently by adding new equipment,” said Michael Thompson, vice president of sales, in a telephone interview.

This is the second year in a row that BMS has added key machinery. Last year it bought a 10-pound Graham Engineering Hercules cordless blow molding machine along with two new Fanuc portable robotic trim stations.

BMS President Doug von Arb said the new presses have a spiral turn design that improves throughput. Overall, the goal is to help customers reduce their overall costs.

Thompson said the Foley, Minnesota-based blow molder also moved an entire section of its mold warehouse to a heated warehouse. He said the company added warehouse space in 2014 when it expanded its current facility by 25,000 square feet, which now covers 85,000 square feet. BMS has around 100 employees and is on duty 24 hours a day, five days a week.

Thompson said the additional BMS machines will offer a wide range of shot sizes.

“We’re going from two pounds to 60 pounds and everything in between so we can shape everything,” he said.

Thompson said BMS has found a niche as a custom moulder, especially for parts that used to be rotationally molded.

He added that the Fanuc robots give the company a lot of flexibility as they can be easily moved from machine to machine. BMS has eight of the robots.

The company was founded in 1992. BMS was ranked 66th in the latest Plastics News poll of North American blow molders with mold sales of $ 16 million.

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