May 30, 2014
On May 26, 2014, Athena Automation broke ground for a new Systems Center for machine assembly and integration. The 155,000 square foot (14,400 square meter) plant is located next to Athena’s current research and assembly facility in Vaughan, Ontario.
The plant will allow Athena to ship more customized machines starting in 2016, assemble higher-tonnage machines, and showcase ‘lightsout’ plant engineering services.
Southeast view of Systems Center
Building features include a dedicated area for mold trials and extended runs, a quality control lab with state-of-the-art inspection equipment, an office area, a cafeteria, and a fitness center.
The Systems Center is expected to be 41% more energy efficient than new industrial buildings, using geothermal cooling and heating, rooftop solar panels, and generous skylights, as well as high efficiency water chilling, resin conveying and drying systems.
Athena is currently streamlining its existing facility for the assembly of up to six machines per month. Upon completion of the Systems Center, it will continue to host research and development, engineering, and prototype testing.
Representatives of Athena and builder ZZEN Group breaking ground for the Systems Center
From left to right: Harold Luttmann (COO Athena), Joseph Sgro (General Manager and Partner, ZZEN), Robert Schad (CEO Athena), Victor de Zen (Owner, ZZEN)
Currently Athena assembles 150 and 300 metric ton injection molding machines. The simple and flexible platform features energy efficiency, process repeatability, and reduced space requirements. It is built for customization with options such as integrated hot runner controller, stack mold carrier, multi-material injection, in-mold assembly, rotary table, cube, and integrated robot.
The 150 and 300 ton preform systems are sold and serviced worldwide by Italian company SIPA under the XFORM brand.
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