AlphaMAC : a solution provider in Fluid Packaging

This year has seen the emergence of a new player in the extrusion and blow-moulding machine manufacturing panorama. AlphaMAC enters the market as a highly innovative company, focusing on existing and emerging problems in the industry and offering solutions to a more than ever consolidated field in an era where technical evolution and development must bring a new way to view automatic machines utilization.

“AlphaMAC is a solution provider in Fluid Packaging. Our main business is to design and to produce extrusion blow-molding machines but we are also a service provider for EBM machines on a global scale, and we trade and supply all sort of engineering lines within packaging segment.”

Thanks to an experienced team of people, with an important background and know-how, and the support of a consolidated network of companies, specialized in packaging solutions of different fields of activity, the company has taken advantage of a real technological contamination of ideas developing a different way to think about process, applied on high quality standards machines.

“The valuable advantage of our business model is that we have a streamlined internal structure with a limited number of key people which bring know how and ideas and which have been in the packaging segment for many years and we use a network of satellite specialized companies for the no-core activities with two important aspects: all these companies are located within a perimeter of a few kilometers so it’s very easy for us to daily control the activities and they already know each other’s and they are used to work together.”

ALPHA series is the brand-new range of alphaMAC, designed to provide users with reliability, performance, world class service and which covers an exhaustive range of applications and users, combining two distinct but complementary aspects: the technological features of extrusion-blow moulding machines, that today create a value for customers, and the flexibility to create a machine which meets the needs of a wide variety of users. The range of applications is within fluid packaging from 100 ml up to 25L, with monolayer wall structure up to 6 layers.

Thanks to a simple and intuitive human machine interface with an icon management and a software with self-learning capability on process parametrization, using the machine is within the reach of any operator, with the possibility to set and to easily adjust key process parameters from the PLC. Machines stand out for their robustness, the quality of the materials used for their construction and the accurate interior design with a real attention to the absence of obstacles which facilitate maintenance operations.

Extrusion blow-molding machine manufacturers didn’t really innovate in the past decades, they just transformed what was a really consolidated technology from hydraulic to electric but just changing a motion system. Today technology gives us hundreds of new perspectives on how we can make the movements of the machine and how we can manage these motions through the PLC, being now all electric. Starting our project at the beginning of the current year, we do not have any existing old technology to carry on, all what we designed includes the newest solutions available on the market giving to customers the warranty to utilize the best technology.”

The company put the customer at the centre of its work, not only proposing to respond to the perceived needs, but anticipating solutions to these problems with a machine designing and a customer service philosophy based on 5 important key points:

– UTILIZATION: easy HMI, repeatability, high efficiency, process self-learning capability
– PROCESS: production flexibility, bio-material capability, PCR and co-ex capabilit
– MAINTENANCE: predictive maintenance, on-line connectivity, machine data gathering
– SERVICE: parts availability, process support, low maintenance cost
– IMPROVEMENT: energy consumption, floor space occupation, operator’s safety

The machine is the heart of the process that delivers “Zero Defects” to the container conditioning line, directly managing all the units that contribute to a sustainable production and it does so through advanced software that does not require skilled technical personnel, that has predictive maintenance control and self-learning systems.

“Our knowledge allows a holistic design, which starts from the design of the container aligned with the needs of the marketing but which respects the industrial and social needs and ends with the delivery with respect for the circular economy and with extremely competitive TCO production costs.”

Some of the innovations included in this series are the melt flow adjustment system on each individual cavity of the extrusion head and the blow-pin position and centring adjustment with the machine in operation, the type of extrusion screws that guarantees flexibility to use high percentages of regrind and post-consumer materials (PCR), the connectivity for remote troubleshooting and the predictive maintenance features.

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