ASHTABULA, Ohio — Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. (MOD) has contracted to purchase the futuristic Leonardo automated rotational molding system from Italy’s Persico SpA, becoming the first North American company to buy the advanced system.
The Leonardo system is scheduled for installation in MOD’s Madison, Ind., facility and to be in production by January. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed.
MOD is investing in the state-of-the-art equipment — named after Leonardo da Vinci, the famed Renaissance-period artist, scientist and inventor — to accommodate its immediate need for efficient production capacity and its longer-term needs based on anticipated growth and on trends affecting the industry, according to MOD President Robert Dunne.
“We took a broad look at our competitive environment today and in the near future and recognized that we’re competing with a variety of other processes and other materials, both here in America and all over the world,” says Dunne. “If we’re going to continue to be valuable partners for our customers, then we have to be able to design and manufacture nearly anything better and faster, yet still offer competitive pricing. Leonardo is a key part of this strategy.”
The fully automated, robotic Leonardo operates faster than traditional rotational molding machines, strengthens product quality and reduces material waste while saving energy, MOD says.
Once Leonardo is online, MOD plans to expand its range of material offerings and target markets where rotational molding has had little exposure.
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