MODRoto’s Second Automated Leonardo System Fully Operational
Ashtabula, OH: Plastics design and manufacturing company Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. (MOD), Ashtabula, Ohio (www.Rotomolding.com), recently celebrated the start of production on its second Leonardo automated rotational molding system. Installed in the company’s La Mirada, Calif. facility one year after the first rotomolding system was installed in the company’s Madison, Ind. facility, the addition positions MOD as the only company on the continent operating two of the systems in different facilities to serve customers nationwide. Purchased from Persico SpA, Nembro, Italy, the automated system operates faster than traditional rotomolding machines and yields more consistent product quality yet it requires less energy and reduces material waste, offering faster lead times with substantial reductions in overhead.
The first product to be manufactured on the system was the company’s 72S bulk laundry truck, a new design with smooth, rounded corners, internal ribs and high strength at a light tare weight that enables customers to save on fuel by transporting their standard volume of goods at less weight, according to MOD President Robert Dunne. “The improvements we made to this laundry cart design would not have been possible to manufacture on other rotomolding machines,” says Dunne, whose team recently earned the “Product of the Year” and “Best Large Part” awards in the Association of Rotational Molders International 2008 Rotomolded Products Competition. “We intend to use this new rotomolding technology to supply higher quality custom parts for our customers at reduced costs.”