Blow molding is a process that can be used to produce a wide array of plastic products that can be small, large, or even custom-shaped. Besides bottles, jerry cans, and drums, plastic floats are also a very popular application for this kind of process. Float blow molding machines are accumulator type, and they can produce floats that are later on used for different purposes. 3 types of plastic float moulds commonly produced by float blow molding machines include the following:
- Plastic solar floats for PV systems
- Plastic floats for docks
- Plastic floats for aquaculture fish farming
1. Blow molding of plastic floats for PV systems
A common application made by float blow molding machines is HDPE floats for photovoltaic (PV) systems. These systems are power generation systems that consist of PV modules mounted on water surfaces by using plastic floating platforms that are lightweight, cost-effective, and which may also vary in size and shape in order to fit the requirements of the manufacturer.
In the case of PV systems, several solar floats are combined to form a giant pontoon. These solar floats are usually made of HDPE, a plastic that is known due to its tensile strength, UV, and corrosion resistance.
2. Blow molding of plastic floats for floating docks
Floating docks are incredibly useful because they are adaptable, durable, and easy to maintain compared to other docking types. This kind of dock floats on top of the water instead of being attached to the surface beneath it, meaning that as the water moves and levels fluctuate, so does it. These structures are commonly made of polyethylene, so they will not warp, rust, or dent, and can withstand severe weather conditions with the right anchoring hardware. Another benefit of plastic floats made with polyethylene is that this material allows docks to stay cool and burn-free even during hot summers. Moreover, by manufacturing floats with a textured surface which makes them slip-resistant and easy to maintain a grip, they become an incredibly safe option for everyone.
Float blow molding can produce plastic floats that vary in size and shape and can also be customized to create unique layouts. The resulting plastic floating docks are made for residential, commercial, or industrial purposes and are often preferred because they can be relocated, altered, or even extended. Moreover, they are safe and stable for anyone walking or making use of them.
3. Blow molding of plastic floats for aquaculture fish farming
Another very popular application of blow molding for large products is the molding of Paddle Wheel Aerator Floats and Gear Box Covers for aquaculture. These floats are used in fish farming for giving the fish the oxygen they need from the environment for breathing. With a paddlewheel aerator, water currents are created, which is an environment that attracts fish and shrimps.