They are well established in Europe, but molders in North America are just beginning to come around to all-electrics’ improved performance, maintenance, cleanliness, and—yes— energy efficiency. Here’s first-hand testimony, from the U.S. and abroad. Currier Plastics is one of the few North American users of all-electric blow molding machines. After 18 months, Currier finds its Kautex KBB 60 electric shuttle is clean, quiet, “incredibly consistent,” and low-maintenance. Currier’s staff responsible for implementing all-electric blow molding are, from left, Dustin Dreese, blow molding plant manager; John Ciampi, manager of maintenance and facilities; Steve Crawford, blow molding engineering manager; and Ron Ringleben, v.p. of business development. Machine builders are hoping to expand and energize the market for all-electric blow molders with new models such as Bekum’s EBlow 37. Machine builders are hoping to expand and energize the market for all-electric blow molders with new models such as Kautex’s KBB 400. North American bottle blow molders are sometimes described by machinery vendors as a fairly conservative lot, content to stick with their familiar hydraulic shuttles and inje...