NPE2018 Show Daily - Friday

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FRIDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY The Pellbow® – to optimize your conveying system Better systems for brilliant products and higher margins. Learn more: Better systems for brilliant products and higher margins. Better systems for brilliant products and higher margins. Reduced dust + No streamers = Less maintenance and production costs Learn more: Visit us at booth # W2153 NPE 2018: May 07 – 11, 2018 NPE2018 New Technology Focus PET Machines Stretch the Limits At NPE, Nissei ASB is molding (l. to r.) thick-wall PET cosmeঞc boles (two different designs in a family mold); pasteurizable beer boles; airline liquor miniatures in 48 caviঞes; sports boles of Tritan copolyester; and heat-set, hot-fill jars that can accept a metal lug cap. By Mahew H. Naitove Plascs Technology PET stretch-blow systems are the largest single category of blow molding machines at the show. New versions offer high- er outputs, increased flexibility, easier changeovers, and great- er versaঞlity to handle complex or "difficult" bo•le shapes. In one-stage injecঞon-stretch-blow (ISBM) systems, Pet All Manufacturing (Booth W6545) is exhibiঞng for the first ঞme its new ISBM-180E all-electric unit. The four-staঞon rotary machine has a 15-ton clamp and handles six to 10 caviঞes for containers from 10 to 100 mL. Kiefel Technologies (Booth W2727) is showing for the first ঞme in the U.S. the Blowliner single-stage ISBM machine from its subsidiary Mould & Maঞc Soluঞons. Major advantages of this machine are said to be its compactness and versaঞlity. It can process PET, PP, and HDPE; it can also be upgraded to mulঞlayer barrier applicaঞons. It can mold containers from 10 mL to 5 L on the same machine. In its largest NPE booth ever (Booth S19045), Nissei ASB Machine Co. is bringing five stretch-blow machines—both one-stage and two-stage—to Orlando, demonstraঞng a num- ber of upgrades and special opঞons that enhance producঞvity and allow producঞon of a wide range of specialty PET con- tainers from beer bo•les, airline liquor miniatures, and sports drinks to premium cosmeঞcs and wide-mouth jars that can accept a metal lug cap. One new model, ASB-150DPX, is said to be the "world's first triple-row, one-step injecঞon stretch- blow machine." Making its debut in the Americas, this ma- chine is molding 50-mL airline liquor miniatures in what ASB says is an "unprecedented" 48 caviঞes with a cycle ঞme of 8.6 sec, for output greater than 20,000 bph. In two-stage (reheat) machines, Pet All is showing the new CPSB-1000 LLE all-electric machine from Chum Power of Taiwan. This linear machine has conঞnuous moঞon of pre- forms. It molds large containers of 10-20 L. KHS Group (Booth S12045) has developed a new version of its high-output InnoPET Blowmax rotary RSBM system to meet rising demand for single-serve beverage bo•les in the 250- to 800-mL size range. The system is more compact, but its small mold carriers process up to 2,500 bo•les/hr per staঞon. KHS also is showing off its Factor 100 PET bo•le that debuted last fall at the Drinktec show in Germany. At 5 g, it's said to be the lightest known half-liter PET bo•le for sঞll water. W. Amsler Equipment (Booth S21067) has introduced the next generaঞon of its linear stretch-blow molder as well as a newly enhanced leak tester. The L42X all-electric reheat ma- chine offers several new features for custom PET blow mold- ers, including preferenঞal heaঞng, neck orientaঞon and hot- fill capability. It can make containers up to 2 L in four caviঞes at up to 6,500/hr. It can also run two-cavity molds for con- tainers up to 5 L. Neck finishes range from 18 to 70 mm. SIDE S.A. of Spain (Booth S16084) is presenঞng its new generaঞon of linear reheat machines. These include the model 2006e, which takes up to six caviঞes for products from 250 mL to 3 L and output up to 10,000 bph. Model 2003eG is a two-cavity unit for up to 10 L containers and outputs from 2,200 to 2,600 bph. SIDE is also featuring its T-handle technology (also shown at NPE2015), which produces PET jugs with a pinched handle up to 36 mm deep through compression molding in the tool. 1Blow of France (Booth S14089), which supplies extremely compact RSBM systems, is highlighঞng its next-generaঞon Model 4LO for custom PET bo•les. This all-electric system runs up to four caviঞes and bo•les up to 2.5 L. It can accom- modate preferenঞal and offset-neck heaঞng; neck orientaঞon for flip-top caps (without requiring a tab or notch in the pre- form neck); heat seমng; base inversion for hot filling; and Sure Grip, which imparts a deeper grip into the bo•le than can be produced in standard stretch-blow systems. Terekas UAB of Lithuania (Booth S10196) is presenঞng the newest version of its highly versaঞle FlexBlow RSBM system. The FlexBlow 2 WM is able to produce both wide-mouth (up to 110 mm) and narrow-neck (18 mm) containers. It can mold up to 73-mm necks in two caviঞes and wider in one cavity. Bo•les from 1.5 to 3 L can be molded at 700 to 750/hr. Changing the bo•le format, including molds, neck, and grip- per parts, and fine-tuning the machine seমngs a[erward, reportedly takes no longer than 30 min. Another new feature is customized preform grippers made by 3D prinঞng. They allow for very precise detailing in custom designs. PET Technologies GmbH of Austria (Booth S10057) has brought to market its fourth generaঞon of reheat machines, called APF-Max, with output range 6,000 to 14,000 bph for bo•les of 0.2–3 L. The series has 4, 6 or 8 caviঞes. A machine can be upgraded from 7,000 bph to 14,000 bph by installing extra ovens and mold caviঞes. The company says 15 minutes is enough to change the blow mold and start producঞon of another bo•le format. Only two hours are needed for change- over to another preform neck standard. 36

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