In 2015, Athena has improved its PET machinery through reduced lock-to-lock time, optimised post-mould transfer and cooling, improved energy efficiency, and better access for operation and maintenance.
In detail, this means features like a post-mould cooling operation via flow-balanced air and water circuits for optimised thermal distribution and increased flow capacity transfer valves with independent pressure control. The robot has a stiffer design, increased bearing capacity and improved Z-axis motion profile. Athena claims a faster preform transfer and more energy efficient ejection, an easily removable end-of-arm tooling with a dry mounting face, improved hose routing, protection and isolation plus redesigned transfer pins and cooling tubes. The injection process features an optimised heat transfer and temperature control.