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NPE2018 Show Daily - Tuesday

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TUESDAY NPE2018 M AY 8 TH See Online Vision Systems at Work in New Bole Zone Pressco Technology Inc. is showcasing its newest vision inspecঞon soluঞons for companies that manufacture and fill containers for the food and beverage and related industries. Press- co's booth (S10097) in the Bole Zone (South Hall) has live demonstraঞons of "up-and-down- the-line" inspecঞon capabiliঞes. In the blow molder, Pressco offers a combinaঞon of camera modules that detect defects on the preform and/or the empty bole, including virtual secঞon-weight measurement, which is vital to process control. On the filling side, Pressco's soluঞons include a mulঞ-camera system for filled bole inspecঞon to detect misapplied closures, tamper-band defects and under/ over-filled boles. Addiঞonal inspecঞon opঞons may be deployed at the cap feeder, labeler, date coder and case-packer. These inspecঞon capabiliঞes are controlled via a single centralized processor with one or more operator interfaces, which eliminates the inefficiency of mulঞple plaorms from different suppliers. Pressco's integrated system of distributed inspecঞon means that one vendor can provide sales and service, training, technical support, spare parts, etc. on the enঞre vision system. Full bole inspecঞon includes a mulঞ-camera system to detect misapplied closures, tamper-band defects and under/over-filled boles. U.S. Debut of Versaঞle Injecঞon Stretch-Blow Machine Mould & Maঞc's Blowliner M stretch-blow molds PET or PP boles from 10 ml to 5 L. At NPE2018, Kiefel Technologies (Booth W2727) is showing for the first ঞme in the U.S. the Blowliner single-stage ISBM machine from its daughter company Mould & Maঞc Soluঞons. Major advantages of this machine are said to be its compactness and its versaঞl- ity. It can process PET, PP, and HDPE; it can also be upgraded to mulঞlayer barrier applica- ঞons at any ঞme. It also provides the flexibili- ty to mold containers from 10 ml to 5 L on the same machine. In this linear machine layout, the preform injecঞon molding unit is based on a servo- hydraulic Engel press with a verঞcal clamp. Preforms can be molded in eight to 64 cavi- ঞes using a hot-runner tool with valve gates. The blowing staঞon accepts one to four rows of preforms in 10 to 150 mm diam. Each row of caviঞes has its own pre-blow and main- blow valve so that the pressures can be set individually. The stretch-blow unit has servo- motor drives for exact repeatability, preci- sion, and energy efficiency. The integrated linear robot has a vacuum gripper to unload finished boles and place them on a convey- or or into boxes. The machine at the show is a Blowliner M (Medium), which permits cycle ঞmes of 10 sec. The smaller Blowliner S can achieve 8 sec. At NPE, the machine is making 250-ml PET pill boles weighing 30 g in a two-row tool with 12 caviঞes. Maximum throughput of the "M" model is 286 lb/hr of PET. 87

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