Titomic Limited, headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, has developed a system for the coating of glass moulds in collaboration with glass research organisation International Partners in Glass Research (IPGR). The system scans the moulds, and, using AI software, produces a robotic program to automatically coat and repair the mould, which is expected to enhance the performance of moulds for the glass industry. Subsequent generations of this system are planned to introduce automated loading & unloading and polishing of the moulds.
The final step before shipment – Factory Acceptance Testing – has been completed. This testing is said to ensure that the machine is performing as designed and is accepted by the customer for delivery. The system is expected to be received in the coming days by glass manufacturer Vetropack Austria.
This sale represents Titomic’s first commercial sale into the IPGR network, which represents numerous partner companies comprising 12% of the glass packaging market. Titomic expects the installation of its cold spray system to provide further opportunity for systems sales within the global IPGR network. Each comparable machine sale is said to have the potential to generate a revenue of AUD $1.7 million over a three-year period.
Herbert Koeck, Managing Director, Titomic, stated, “This entry into the glass packaging and components market represents a new income stream for Titomic. The industry needs this type of mould enhancement to prolong life of production lines and mould machinery. As such, we will be providing machine sales – the first of which we’re about to ship to Vetropack – as well as ongoing consumables and servicing enabled by our expanded global footprint. Titomic Europe, together with its collaborators, have made a significant step forward in the development of automated systems, improving conditions for operators as well as adding to the bottom line of our customers.”