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Earlier this month, Athena Automation broke ground for a new systems center for machine assembly and integration. The 155,000 square foot (14,400 m2) plant is located next to Athena's current research and assembly facility in Vaughan, Ontario.

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Athena Automation to build a new systems center for machine assembly

Earlier this month, Athena Automation broke ground for a new systems center for machine assembly and integration. The 155,000 square foot (14,400 m2) plant is located next to Athena's current research and assembly facility in Vaughan, Ontario.

Athena_Systems_Center_Ground_Breaking.jpegThe plant will allow Athena to ship more customized machines starting in 2016, assemble higher-tonnage machines, and showcase 'lights out' plant engineering services. Building features include a dedicated area for mold trials and extended runs, a quality control lab with 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.

Currently, Athena assembles 150 and 300 metric ton injection molding machines. Its platform 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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