May 10, 2018

The new machine will replace the military supply expert’s decades-old Improved B30 machine

LC Industries’ operations team came to NPE 2018 on a mission to replace its aging 8-lb Improved B30 blow molding machine. It produces 5-gallon cans for the military at the company’s plastics division in Hazlehurst, Mississippi.

They found their replacement in Graham Engineering’s 8-lb single-head Mini Hercules on display this week at the show.

“Our B30 has served a long life and it was time to upgrade,” said Patrick Lindsey, LCI ’s COO. “We have enjoyed excellent service and support with Graham, so they were at the top of the list when it was time to consider the latest technology.”

“Available in 2.5-lb, 5-lb, or 8-lb shot sizes in single or dual head configuration, Mini Hercules has many features in a compact size for small industrial applications. It is an ideal replacement for aging B30s,” said Graham strategic account manager Scott Howland. The proprietary spiral diverter offers continuous internal cleaning during production and a 1-hour color change for most materials. The system includes an XBM Navigator® control system with a 15” touchscreen operator panel. 

“The market has been very receptive to our Mini Hercules since its launch in 2015,” said Graham president and CEO Dave Schroeder. “Our first shipped in mid-2015, a few months after that year’s NPE, so we are excited to exhibit one for the first time on a trade show floor at NPE 2018. It is an added thrill to receive an for it at the show.”

About LC Industries
Founded in 1936, L.C. Industries, Inc’s. mission is to provide gainful employment for people who are blind and visually impaired. Since its founding, the company has grown to manufacture more than 2,500 different products and supply more than 4,500 products to military bases from its 36 Base Supply Stores and two distribution centers in Durham, North Carolina and , Nevada. It is the largest employer of people who are blind and visually impaired in the United States.

About Graham Engineering Corporation
With more than 400 solutions installed in customer locations in 20 countries, Graham Engineering is the global standard in wheel and industrial extrusion blow molding solutions. Graham Engineering technology is known worldwide for quality, reliability, and productivity. Graham Engineering offers package design, development, and plastic processing expertise along with monolayer, multilayer, and barrier extrusion blow molding equipment and technology upgrades. With the flagship Graham wheel, leading accumulator head technology, and bottle machinery, Graham Engineering systems produce billions of plastic containers of all shapes and sizes, industrial and automotive parts each year.

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