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Make or Buy – Should you make your own bottles?

Heidi Amsler

Captive packagers, contract packagers and filling companies often start out by purchasing stock and custom bottles from custom blow molders.  Depending on your needs this can be a great initial solution since your bottle supplier takes all the risk associated with bottle production. However, this reduced risk comes with a price attached.

When does it make sense to bring blow molding in house?

Aside from the potential large cost savings, other advantages include direct control of your bottle supply, bottle design flexibility, speed to market with new designs and control of bottle quality.

Does it make financial sense?

Blow molding your own containers requires an investment in, equipment, electrical power plus the cost to employ and train qualified direct and indirect personnel. Adding new technology to the operation can also mean more risk. These risks that previously were borne by the supplier must be evaluated, as they will tend to threaten the attainment of full output of good-quality bottles using the newly-installed machinery.

They key to running production

successfully is having trained capable

employees.

Review all related costs to purchase and run the equipment including additional operators, electricity, high pressure air, and transportation of material to make bottles.

Don’t forget the shipping cost savings!

A cash flow (cost) comparison between making and purchasing bottles is required to determine if making bottles is a good financial decision.

Important factors to consider:

  1. How steady is the company’s requirement for bottles; does it occupy full production capacity?
  2. How will sales and marketing benefit from in-house blow molding?
  3. How much will be saved from reducing warehouse space for bottles?
  4. Can bottles be sold to third parties as a source of new revenue to help occupy capacity?
  5. How great is the variety of sizes and designs? Are they proprietary or commodity bottles?
  6. Are suitable preforms readily available for purchase at good prices from reliable suppliers?
  7. Is blow molding expertise available or can it be acquired?
  8. What inputs are already available, such as manufacturing space and power?
  9. Will the machinery supplier reduce the technical risks by providing training and support during the start-up of manufacturing of each bottle?

Let Amsler Equipment complete the cost study on your behalf. Is it time for your company to start saving money by controlling your own bottle supply?

Amsler Equipment has been manufacturing equipment here in Canada since 1994. We can help you by supplying the most energy efficient PET stretch blow molding equipment available and by training your operators to a high level of competency.

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Blow Molded Bottle Leak Detection Overview For Executives

Heidi Amsler

WHERE DO LEAKS COME FROM?

The blow molding of bottles involves the stretching of plastic under air pressure to force the bottle wall material against the internal walls of a mold to give a bottle its final shape.  In the case of extrusion blow molding, the plastic is melted in the extruder barrel by mechanical working and electrical heating to achieve a viscosity that can be shaped into a cylinder (parison) that is then welded into a body with only one opening through which the compressed air is introduced to perform the final shaping.  Why do holes appear in the final product?  First, the amount of stretching can exceed the ability of the plastic to stay together and the bottle wall can thin down to nothing, causing a tear.  Second, impurities (dirt) can be introduced into the plastic through the recycling of scrap that is blended with virgin resin and it’s also possible that dirt particles can find their way into the resin storage boxes (gaylords) or silos.  In this case, the molten plastic does not adhere to the dirt particle and it causes a weak point in the bottle wall.  Third, blow-molded bottles can contain several welded areas, such as at the base of the bottle, on the sides below the neck to make a taper, and around the inside of handles formed by welding and cutting out the center of the handle so the user’s hand can pass through (milk gallons).

WHY ARE LEAKY BOTTLES A PROBLEM?

One might think that losing a few bottles because of leaks would not be a major cost to a blow molder.  That is right, when the leaker is discovered, rejected, and recycled into a new bottle by re-melting the plastic.  However, after a bottle has been labeled, filled with a liquid and capped, then packed into a box that is stored and transported stacked up eight feet high, one leaker can cause a much larger loss in a damaged product that has to be scrapped.  Another example is in the home and office water delivery business.  When a bottle is upside-down on a dispenser, it is the vacuum in the bottle that keeps the water from running out onto the floor and requiring the repair or replacement of the floor.  A small leak in the base of the 5-gallon bottle will allow this damage to occur, which the water supplier normally has to pay to repair.

WHAT MAKES BOTTLE LEAK DETECTION DIFFICULT?

A common type of leak detector operates on the pressure-drop principle, meaning that a known pressure of air is created in the bottle and the system is sealed off.  If the drop in the pressure occurring over a set time exceeds a certain limit, it indicates that the bottle has a leak.   Leak testing takes place immediately after blow molding or, in the case of purchased bottles, immediately before filling.  In either case, the line speeds can be in the thousands of bottles per hour.  This limits the time to test each bottle to a few seconds.  Because leaks are small and the pressure that is used to test the bottles is low so that the bottles are not distorted, the detection of a pressure drop inside the bottle requires very sensitive instruments called transducers.  The evolution of automation equipment and digital computers over the years has made leak detectors more accurate and also made them a source of quality control data that documents the performance of the blow molding operation.

WHAT TYPES OF LEAK DETECTORS ARE AVAILABLE?

Several different designs have been in the market.  In one type, air at a known pressure is introduced into a tank of fixed volume and then this air is released into the bottle and the final pressure in the bottle is measured to see if it achieves the expected value.  This method relies on all bottles being of the same size.

The most common type of leak detector is the pressure drop test as described above.  The simplest have a single test head and a conveyor that indexes to bring each bottle under it.  With the bottle stationary, an air cylinder moves the test head down onto the neck of the bottle.  A soft rubber seal prevents leakage from the contact area between the test head and the neck of the bottle.  A valve opens and allows air to fill the container to set pressure and then closes.  The pressure in the bottle attains a level and settles down to a steady reading and then the test period begins.  If the pressure stays above a set level, the bottle is good.  Otherwise, the bottle is rejected from the conveyor.

In addition to detecting leaks, pressure-decay bottle inspection units can often be set up to test for the following:

  • Wall thickness variation
  • Choked / obstructed necks
  • Defective neck finish
  • Color
  • Fallen bottles

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Screenshot of Leak Tester User Interface

Another test method is the use of a vacuum pump to create a negative pressure inside the bottle when compared to the atmospheric pressure in the room outside the bottle.  This test can work better in some cases involving cracks, rather than holes in the wall of the bottle.  In this case, if the low pressure inside the bottle rises by a given amount during a set time, due to the entrance of air from the outside into the bottle, the test shows the presence of a leak.

Leak testers can have a single head or multiple heads.  These can be stationary or “flying”, meaning that the heads follow the bottles on the conveyor as they pass by without stopping the conveyor.  The flying-head leak tester can test faster than a stationary-head tester and multiple-head testers are able to test faster than a single-head leak detector.  Beyond the design of the leak detector, the speed that a leak detector can achieve is dependent on the bottle size (the smaller, the faster) and the size of the smallest hole that the operator wants to detect.  The smaller the hole (.006 inches is a reasonable lower limit), the longer it takes for the test to occur and the fewer bottles can be tested per hour.

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W. Amsler Equipment Inc. Marks 25th Anniversary as Leading Manufacturer of All-Electric Blow Molding Machinery

Heidi Amsler

Swiss-Born Founder Werner Amsler Takes Pride in Staying Ahead of the Technology Curve

BOLTON, Ontario, December 17, 2019 – W. Amsler Equipment Inc. is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a leading manufacturer of all-electric stretch blow molding (SBM) machinery for the plastics industry. The company founded by Swiss-born Werner Amsler, a 49-year veteran of the plastic industry, has grown from humble beginnings to its current position as a strategic global supplier of blow molding machinery for the production of plastic containers. The company serves a broad client list in personal care, household cleaning, pharmaceutical, beverage, and food packaging markets.

Amsler emigrated to the U.S. in the 1960s and started his plastics career in 1970 as a mold maker with the former Premier Plastics in Toronto and later worked for Bekum Plastics Machinery. He established the highly successful blow molding company Swissplas Ltd. which was sold to Monarch Plastics in 1987. W. Amsler Enterprises Inc. was started in 1990, offering technical consulting and R&D.

In 1994, Amsler started W. Amsler Equipment in Concord, Ontario, to focus on fully-electric machines instead of standard hydraulic presses. Operations were later transferred to Richmond Hill in May 1999. The company has spent the last 25 years pushing the boundaries of stretch blow molding technology. The trademarks of Amsler machinery are highly repeatable processing, energy savings up to 50% versus hydraulics, and a 75% reduction in maintenance costs. One of Amsler’s primary beliefs is that company owners should be able to sleep at night while their machines keep running efficiently.

“Our success has been built by the many great employees whose steady focus on innovation have lifted our company to new heights in terms of productivity, quality, and growth,” said Amsler. “Our simple formula has been to stay ahead of the curve in terms of technology, and meeting the needs of our customers in terms of quality, productivity, and sustainability.”

The company has machines in 18 countries and the product line includes machines with one to six cavities between 50ml and 23 liters. The product line also includes linear machines with output to 10,000 bottles/hr and rotary equipment for up to 40,000 bottles/hr. W. Amsler’s first all-electric L22 model machine, built in 1996, is still running today. Other technology achievements included the 2002 launch of the L16 single-cavity with 6L capacity and the 2010 introduction of the L32 convertible machine with adjustable cavitation for different bottle sizes. At NPE 2018, the company launched its next-generation L42X all-electric reheat machine with preferential heating, neck orientation, and hot-fill capabilities.

In August 2018, W. Amsler relocated its operations from Richmond Hill to an expanded site in Bolton. The company’s new 34,000 sq ft of space more than doubled the company’s previous facility and came in response to rapid growth over the last five years. The new location provides more room for machine development, pilot production, and classroom-style training.

Amsler was honored for it technology achievements with the 2010 Plastics Innovator Award from the Canadian Plastics Industry Association. Today at 74, Amsler plays an active role as President while directing application work and machine development projects. He is joined by four other family members in running the company. His wife Eunice is special projects manager and his daughter Heidi is sales and marketing manager. Son Jason serves as service manager and son-in-law Greg Doeler is buyer and purchasing manager.

About W. Amsler Equipment Inc.

Amsler Equipment Inc. is the only North American manufacturer of all-electric linear PET stretch blow molders, 100% designed, built and serviced in North America. W. Amsler is a Canadian company founded in 1994 by Werner Amsler. In addition to PET stretch blow molding machines, Amsler supplies equipment for complete blow molding plants and filling lines. These products include bottle inspection units, blow-dome spin-off trimmers, air compressors, vacuum conveyors, blow molds, gaylord dumpers, mold temperature control units, process chillers, and liquid filling lines. For more information, visit https://www.amslerequipment.com/.

W. Amsler marks 25th anniversary

Heidi Amsler

W. Amsler Equipment Inc. is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a leading manufacturer of all-electric stretch blow moulding machinery for the plastics industry.

The company, founded by Swiss-born Werner Amsler, a veteran of the plastic industry, has grown from humble beginnings to its current position as a strategic global supplier of blow molding machinery for the production of plastic containers.

Amsler emigrated to the US in the 1960s and started his plastics career in 1970 as a mold maker, later working for Bekum. He established the highly successful blow molding company Swissplas Ltd. which was sold to Monarch Plastics in 1987. W. Amsler Enterprises Inc. was founded in 1990, offering technical consulting and R&D.

In 1994, Amsler started W. Amsler Equipment in Concord, Ontario, to focus on fully electric machines.

Pushing the boundaries

The trademarks of Amsler machinery are highly repeatable processing, energy savings, and a 75 percent reduction in maintenance costs. One of Amsler’s primary beliefs is that company owners should be able to sleep at night while their machines keep running efficiently. Amsler said: “Our success has been built by the many great employees whose steady focus on innovation have lifted our company to new heights … Our simple formula has been to stay ahead of the curve in terms of technology, and meeting the needs of our customers in terms of quality, productivity, and sustainability.”

The company has machines in 18 countries and its first all-electric L22 model machine, built-in 1996, is still running today. Other technology achievements include the 2002 launch of the L16 single-cavity with 6L capacity and the 2010 introduction of the L32 convertible machine with adjustable cavitation for different bottle sizes. At NPE 2018, the company launched its next-generation L42X all-electric reheat machine with preferential heating, neck orientation, and hot-fill capabilities.

W. Amsler received the 2010 Plastics Innovator Award from the Canadian Plastics Industry Association. Today at 74, Amsler plays an active role as President while directing application work and machine development projects. He is joined by four other family members in running the company, including his wife, daughter, and son.

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W. Amsler Announces First Commercial Application for 64oz PET Barrier Growler for Craft Beer Market

Heidi Amsler

BOLTON, Ontario, June 14, 2019 – W. Amsler Equipment Inc., a leading supplier of all-electric linear PET stretch blow molders, has announced the first commercial sale of 64-oz polyethylene terephthalate (PET) growler jugs to Arch Brewing Co., an independently owned craft brewery in Newmarket, Ontario. The beer container mimics the competitive glass design and provides barrier protection for extended shelf life. Arch Brewing will offer the PET growler as an event-safe alternative to its glass growler.

W. Amsler has focused new resources and expanded its participation in the beer and spirits packaging market. It has provided market-entry assistance to customers like JMS International Packaging, a leading packaging solutions provider, in the areas of design, development, and pre-production runs. “This is a major milestone for us in terms of cracking the craft beer industry,” said Marc Leblanc, owner of JMS International Packaging. Heidi Amsler, sales and marketing manager for W. Amsler, said: “We’re excited about the future prospects of converting glass to PET and creating environmentally-friendly barrier packaging for the beer and spirits markets.”

The idea of using PET growlers was appealing right from the outset, according to Sue King, owner of Arch Brewing. She noted that the shape, color, and look of the bottle were a close match to the traditional 1.9L glass growler bottle that is common in the industry. “Growlers are a really big seller for us and we see an opportunity for growth with the people who love the 1.9L format, but shy away from it because glass isn’t welcome in all environments,” said King. “The craft brewing industry is about innovation and about trying new things so we’re proud to be on the cutting edge by offering PET growlers.”

W. Amsler sees strong opportunities in glass conversion applications where barrier PET bottles have a strong fit due to their light weight and portability. The amber PET container is manufactured by W. Amsler at its Bolton, Ontario, facility on behalf of JMS International Packaging on a W. Amsler all-electric, single-cavity linear series stretch blow molder. The PET barrier container weighs 106 grams versus 1.2 kg for the glass version, thus resulting in reduced shipping costs. It is also event-friendly, unbreakable, and 100% recyclable, according to the company.

A growler is a jug commonly sold at breweries and brewpubs as a means to sell take-out craft beer. The significant growth of craft breweries and the growing popularity of home brewing have also led to an emerging market for the sale of growlers.

“We’ve set a new benchmark in terms of shelf life and provided craft brewers a highly viable alternative to the standard glass container,” said Amsler. Unbreakable and portable PET growlers provide an entry into venues that do not allow glass because of the potential for breakage and other security requirements.

The 64-oz, 106-gram container was designed by W. Amsler with standard preforms supplied by Preform Solutions Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D. It incorporates a barrier with a monolayer structure which includes a Sherwin Williams’ barrier additive. The barrier prevents oxygen ingress and egress and loss of CO2, thus providing up to a 12-month shelf life versus 48 hrs for standard PET growlers. This monolayer barrier solution is compatible with existing recycling streams. The high-density polypropylene (PP) handle, designed by JMS International Packaging, is produced separately and attached to the container via a secondary process. The PET container can accept the same steel or plastic recloseable caps that are found on the glass growlers today.

The PET growlers are also available in clear color with or without barrier protection for ciders, craft sodas, craft cocktails, and liquor. Custom growlers can be produced in different shapes, colors, and engraving. Pressure-sensitive labels can be applied and a screen printing process can also be used. W. Amsler offers PET growlers in small batch (pallet or less) availability to meet craft brewer needs.

About Arch Brewing

Arch Brewing, a craft brewery based in Newmarket, Ontario, specializes in small-batch, high- quality beers. The company offers a cozy space for its customers and challenges itself to find ways to keep getting better. The brewery is in a constant state of innovation, delivering the latest in terms of products and services for its clientele. Arch Brewing serves beer directly to the public through their brewery storefront as well as the LCBO and Beer Store. Arch Brewing is a unique space to come visit, have a pint, and be present where it is brewed. For more information, visit www.archbrewing.ca.

About JMS International Packaging Inc.

JMS International Packaging, based in Sherbrooke, Quebec, specializes in design, manufacturing and delivery of complete packaging solutions. Through a combination of 30 years of plastic knowledge, JMS International Packaging specializes in the production of high-quality packaging materials. Through the years, the company has evolved into a multi-product and multi-service business which provides customers with an endless variety of packaging possibilities.

The company’s product line is diversified and responsive to the needs of the entire food market. JMS International creates innovative products through established and proven technology and advanced R&D. The new patented plastic PETB1 offers the best performing air index on the market. It’s a unique material that protects a product from UV rays and offers transparent or opaque options. The product resists impact and ensures a certain economy compared to glass. The formula has enabled JMS to obtain a recycle code 1. It has strong resistance to hot filling and is much lighter than glass. For more information, visit www.jmsintpackaging.com.

About W. Amsler Equipment Inc.

W. Amsler Equipment Inc. is the only North American manufacturer of all-electric linear PET stretch blow molders, 100% designed and built in North America. W. Amsler is a privately-held Canadian company founded in 1994 by Werner Amsler. In addition to PET stretch blow molding machines, Amsler provides bottle design, preform sourcing, preform design and pilot production run services. Amsler Equipment can also supply equipment for complete blow molding plants and filling lines. These products include bottle inspection units, blow-dome spin-off trimmers, air compressors, vacuum conveyors, blow molds, gaylord dumpers, mold temperature control units, and process chillers. For more information, visit www.amslerequipment.net.

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First handled 64oz PET barrier growler for craft beer introduced

Heidi Amsler

The “glass” for beer sales is half empty: according to National Beer Sales & Production Data, overall U.S. beer volume sales were down 1% in 2017. Yet the glass is half full for craft beer, where sales continued to grow at a rate of 5% by volume and reaching 12.7% of the U.S. beer market, growing the most for microbreweries.

It’s into the rising craft market that a new 64-oz polyethylene terephthalate (PET) growler jug is rolling out. The jug mimics the competitive glass design and provides high-barrier protection for extended shelf life. W. Amsler Equipment Inc. (Bolton, Ontario), a supplier of all-electric linear PET stretch blow molders, made the announcement during the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America in Denver held this week.

Sized as a standard growler, the amber PET container is manufactured by W. Amsler at the company’s Bolton facility on behalf of packaging supplier JMS International Packaging (Sherbrooke, Quebec) on a W. Amsler all-electric linear series stretch blow molder. The PET barrier container weighs 106 grams versus 1.2 kg for the glass version, thus resulting in reduced shipping costs.

PlasticsToday learned that there is already one customer for the jug, in Ontario, Canada. A spokesman says the new growler is creating a buzz at this week’s show.

Craft breweries and home brewers

It is also event-friendly, unbreakable, and 100% recyclable, according to Heidi Growler PQ1Amsler, sales and marketing manager for W. Amsler. A growler is a jug, typically 64-oz in volume, commonly sold at breweries and brew pubs as a means to sell take-out craft beer. The significant growth of craft breweries and the growing popularity of home brewing have also led to an emerging market for the sale of growlers.

“We’re proud to be part of this highly collaborative effort that has resulted in a breakthrough in PET barrier containers for the craft beer market,” said Amsler. “We’ve set a new benchmark in terms of shelf life and provided craft brewers a highly viable alternative to the standard glass container.”

Unbreakable and portable PET growlers provide an entry into venues that do not allow glass because of the potential for breakage and other security requirements.

The 64-oz, 106-gram container was designed by W. Amsler with standard preforms supplied by Preform Solutions Inc. (Sioux Falls, SD). The PET growlers have a flat champagne base rather than a carbonated-base design and withstand 15 psi of pressure.

Sherwin-Williams’ barrier

For the Craft Brewers Conference, W. Amsler selected a barrier with a monolayer structure which includes a Sherwin-Williams’ barrier additive, which PlasticsToday confirmed is valOR barrier resin.

The website states that “valOR barrier resins used in PET food and beverage containers provide superior gas barrier and oxygen scavenging performance, improved processability, delamination resistance and compatibility with PET.” It’s appropriate for monolayer and multilayer bottles, films and trays for juice, beer, condiments, meat/cheese and other foods.

The monolayer barrier prevents oxygen ingress/egress and loss of carbon dioxide in providing a 120-day shelf life versus 48 hours for standard PET growlers. The bottle is compatible with existing recycling streams. The HDPE handle, designed by JMS International Packaging, is produced separately and affixed to the container via a secondary process. The amber color for the 64oz barrier bottle is supplied by Penn Color (Doylestown, PA). The bottle has a 38-mm finish.

 

In the future, the JMS production bottles will be manufactured with a new patented PET plastic (PETB1) that has been developed by JMS International Packaging Inc.  The new patented PETB1 plastic offers the best barrier to CO2 plus oxygen egress and ingress on the market. This unique material also protects the product from UV rays and is available in transparent or opaque versions. The product resists impact and enabled JMS to obtain a recycle code #1 PET. It also has strong resistance to hot filling.

The PET plastic growlers are also available in a clear color with or without barrier protection for ciders, craft sodas, craft cocktails, and liquor. Decoration options include pressure-sensitive labels or screen-printing.

W. Amsler has focused new resources and expanded its participation in the beer packaging market. The company sees strong opportunities in glass conversion applications where barrier PET bottles have a strong fit due to their light weight and portability. The company introduced 12oz barrier PET bottles in a long-neck style with a crown cap at NPE 2018. Later, a second 12oz format with a slightly different design and label panel was launched.

Read More – https://www.plasticstoday.com/packaging/first-handled-64oz-pet-barrier-growler-craft-beer-introduced/49411183260605

W. Amsler Introduces New 64oz PET Barrier Container with Handle for the Craft Beer Market

Heidi Amsler

BOLTON, Ontario, April 8, 2019 W. Amsler Equipment Inc., a leading supplier of all-electric linear PET stretch blow molders, has announced the launch of a new 64-oz polyethylene terephthalate (PET) growler jug that mimics the competitive glass design and provides barrier protection for extended shelf life. The PET container is believed to be the first in the industry to include a handle and provide barrier protection. W. Amsler made the announcement April 8-11 at the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America in Denver.

The amber PET container is manufactured by W. Amsler at its Bolton, Ontario, facility on behalf of JMS International Packaging, a leading packaging solutions provider, on aW. Amsler all-electric linear series stretch blow molder. The PET barrier container weighs 106 grams versus 1.2 kg for the glass version, thus resulting in reduced shipping costs. It is also event-friendly, unbreakable, and 100% recyclable, according to Heidi Amsler, sales and marketing manager for W. Amsler. A growler is a jug commonly sold at breweries and brew pubs as a means to sell take-out craft beer. The significant growth of craft breweries and the growing popularity of home brewing have also led to an emerging market for the sale of growlers.

“We’re proud to be part of this highly collaborative effort that has resulted in a breakthrough in PET barrier containers for the craft beer market,” said Amsler. “We’ve set a new benchmark in terms of shelf life and provided craft brewers a highly viable alternative to the standard glass container.” Unbreakable and portable PET growlers provide an entry into such venues that do not allow glass because of the potential for breakage and other security requirements.

The 64-oz, 106-gram container was designed by W. Amsler with standard preforms supplied by Preform Solutions Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D. The PET growlers have a flat champagne base rather than a carbonated base design and withstand 15 psi of pressure.

For the Craft Brewers Conference, W. Amsler selected a barrier with a monolayer structure which includes a Sherwin Williams’ barrier additive. The barrier prevents oxygen ingress and egress and loss of CO2,  thus providing a 120-day shelf life versus 48 hrs for standard PET growlers. This monolayer barrier solution is compatible with existing recycling streams. The high-density polyethylene (HDPE) handle, designed by JMS International Packaging, is produced separately and attached to the container via a secondary process. The PET container comes with a 38-mm finish. The amber color for the 64oz barrier bottle is supplied by Penn Color.

In the future, the JMS production bottles will be manufactured with a new patented PET plastic (PETB1) that has been developed by JMS International Packaging Inc.  The new patented plastic (PETB1)offers the best barrier to CO2 plus oxygen egress and ingress on the market. This unique material also protects the product from UV rays and is available intransparent or opaque versions. The product resists impact and ensures a certain economy compared to glass. The formula has enabled JMS to obtain a recycle code 1. It has strong resistance to hot filling and is much lighter than glass.

The PET plastic growlers are also available in a clear color with or without barrier protection for ciders, craft sodas, craft cocktails, and liquor. Pressure-sensitive labels can be applied and a screen printing process can also be used.

Amsler has focused new resources and expanded its participation in the beer packaging market. The company sees strong opportunities in glass conversion applications where barrier PET bottles have a strong fit due to their light weight and portability. The company introduced 12oz barrier PET bottles in a long-neck style with a crown cap at NPE 2018. Later, a second 12oz format with a slightly different design and label panel was launched.

 

About JMS International Packaging Inc.                                                               

JMS International Packaging, based in Sherbrooke, Quebec, specializes in design, manufacturing and delivery of complete packaging solutions. Through a combination of 30 years of plastic knowledge, JMS International Packaging specializes in the production of high-quality packaging materials. Through the years, the company has evolved into a multi-product and multi-service business which provides customers with an endless variety of packaging possibilities.

The company’s product line is diversified and responsive to the needs of the entire food market. JMS International creates innovative products through established and proven technology and advanced R&D. The new patented plastic PETB1 offers the best performing air index on the market. It’s a unique material that protects a product from UV rays and offers transparent or opaque options. The product resists impact and ensures a certain economy compared to glass. The formula has enabled JMS to obtain a recycle code 1. It has strong resistance to hot filling and is much lighter than glass.For more information, visit www.jmsintpackaging.com.

 

About W. Amsler Equipment Inc.

Amsler Equipment Inc. is the only North American manufacturer of all-electric linear PET stretch blow molders, 100% designed, built and serviced in North America. W. Amsler is a privately-held Canadian company founded in 1994 by Werner Amsler. In addition to PET stretch blow molding machines, Amsler supplies equipment for complete blow molding plants and filling lines. These products include bottle inspection units, blow-dome spin-off trimmers, air compressors, vacuum conveyors, blow molds, gaylord dumpers, mold temperature control units, and process chillers. For more information, visit www.amslerequipment.com.

 

PET Bottles for Craft Beer in NPE2018’s Bottle Zone Beer Garden: W. Amsler

Heidi Amsler

 

Craft beer in barrier PET bottles is to be sold throughout the week of NPE2018 in Orlando, Fla. due to the efforts of exhibitor W. Amsler Equipment Inc. (Booth #S21067). The company oversaw all design, technical, and manufacturing work for production of 12oz long-neck containers which were filled off-site in Orlando, according to Heidi Amsler, marketing manager for Amsler. The beer will be sold in the Beer Garden, which is part of NPE’s Bottle Zone – an area consisting of 40 exhibitors who work in PET packaging.

Interesting Feature to Draw Attendees

W. Amsler said:
“It was a stiff challenge but we were up to the task so that the Bottle Zone had another interesting feature to draw attendees. We can’t thank enough all our key suppliers who helped make this happen.”

PET Bottles for Beer at NPE2018

PET bottle manufacturing machine
W. Amsler’s General Manager Bruce Coxhead and Sales & Marketing Manager Heidi Amsler worked with numerous suppliers and vendors including Bill Droste, a partner with Orlando Brewing in Orlando who had a pre-existing arrangement to supply beer in glass containers with the Orange County Convention Center.

  • Droste worked closely with Amsler and among his requirements were a 12oz long-neck bottle with a panel diameter similar to glass.
  • Amsler had to maintain the bottle height for filling but shortened the shoulder to compensate for the wall thickness in a glass bottle.
  • Amsler reached out to its mold partner Mold Spec in Stoney Creek, Ontario, who utilized their own patented base for the bottle.
  • The bottle design was approved by Orlando Brewing and was reviewed by other brewers in Canada and the U.S. In a collaborative effort, the 12oz, 36-gram preform was designed by Amsler with assistance from Athena Automation and Yudo Valuepro.
  • The preform was designed to accept a standard metal crown closure and was optimized for the required axial and diametrical stretch ratios as well as core and cavity draft for preform molding.
  • Preforms were designed by Amsler to run on Athena equipment at its Ontario location.

For the barrier material, Amsler selected a monolayer structure with barrier additive which would allow the molding of PET preforms generally on any injection molding machine equipped for PET. W. Amsler used its single-cavity PET stretch blow molder to produce bottles for the NPE2018 show. The 12oz barrier bottles are amber, with color from REPI S.p.A. W. Amsler also created barrier clear bottles to target the growing cider market.

Source – https://omnexus.specialchem.com/news/industry-news/w-amsler-pet-bottles-for-beer-npe2018-000214458

W. Amsler Equipment to Introduce Four-cavity Reheat Stretch Blow Molder at NPE2018

Heidi Amsler

W. Amsler Equipment Inc. will introduce its next-generation four-cavity all-electric reheat stretch blow molder at the upcoming NPE2018 May 7-11 at the Orlando Country Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. (Booth #S21067). The company will also exhibit its newly-enhanced leak tester that inspects bottles from 10ml to 23 liters and its standalone spin trimmer for both stretch- and extrusion-blown containers.

 

W. Amsler Equipment Inc. will display its four-cavity stretch blow molding machine with a larger touch screen control.

W. Amsler Equipment Inc. will display its four-cavity stretch blow molding machine with a larger touch screen control.

New L42X All-Electric Reheat Machine

The L42X all-electric reheat machine offers several new features including preferential heating, neck orientation, and hot-fill capabilities.

Heidi Amsler, sales and marketing manager for W. Amsler, said:
“For custom blow molders, the next-generation four-cavity machine provides versatility to enable PET bottle production in a range of configurations and sizes.”

The new machine makes up to 2-liter containers at a rate of 6500/hour in four cavities. It can also be used to run two-cavity molds for production of larger containers up to 5 liters. Neck finishes range from 18mm to 70mm.

Key Features of L42X Reheat Machine

  • The L42X reheat machine has four parallel heating ovens, one for each cavity.
  • It comes equipped with 12 Bosch-Rexroth servo motors, compared to three servos for the previous model.
  • The extra servos provide more repeatability, lower energy consumption, and require less wiring, resulting in easier troubleshooting, according to W. Amsler.
  • The machine also has a 40-ton servo-driven mold clamping system.
  • Servo systems are used to control preform loading, preform transportation through the machine, rotation through the ovens, stretch rod actuation, motion towards the molding station and clamp opening, closing, and bottle unloading.

Other Key Features

Other key features include agitated preform infeed to prevent bridging, preform temperature sensing prior to blow, pre-blow flow control for each cavity, water-cooled neck shields, and a large touchscreen operator interface. Servo-driven stretch rods are 14mm with 10mm and 12mm options.

The L42X comes equipped with a large touchscreen operator panel from Wonderware. It has a Windows-based human machine interface (HMI) with full access to assembly drawings, bills of materials (BOMs), set-up guides, troubleshooting, and training videos.

The four-cavity system is commercial and W. Amsler has already sold a machine to a custom blow molder.

Original Article – https://omnexus.specialchem.com/news/industry-news/w-amsler-new-reheat-stretch-blow-molder-npe2018-000213874

Amsler Leak Tester Detects Neck Ovality Issues

Heidi Amsler

Press Release Summary:

Amsler Leak Tester used for inspecting bottle sizes from 10ml to 20 liters at a rate up to 18,000 bottles/hr and hole sizes as small as 0.006 in. Tester is equipped with locking castor wheels, dual guide rails, and powder-coated frame. Tester comes with graphical display, automated self-test feature and optional color deviation, batch counting and fallen bottle detection. Unit is operated on either continuous motion or indexing conveyor.

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Original Press Release:

W. Amsler to Introduce New Leak Tester with Enhanced Functionality at NPE2018

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, March 27, 2018 – W. Amsler Equipment Inc., a leading supplier of all-electric linear PET stretch blow molders, will demonstrates a new leak tester with added functionality and performance at the upcoming NPE2018 May 7-11 at the Orlando  Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. (Booth #S21067). Amsler will also highlight its standalone spin trimmer for stretch and extrusion blow molding.

The enhanced leak tester is equipped with a new camera system that can detect neck ovality issues, says Heidi Amsler, marketing manager for W. Amsler. The bottle inspection unit operates on either a continuous motion or indexing conveyor. The leak tester comes with one or two cameras and a lighting system which is installed over the top of the conveyor.

The Amsler leak tester inspects bottle sizes from 10ml to 20 liters at a rate up to 18,000 bottles/hr. The unit provides high-speed detection of holes as small as 0.006-in and can check for obstructions in the bottle neck and variations in wall thickness. Other key optional features include color deviation, batch counting, fallen bottle detection, can inspection and larger size container inspection systems.

The leak tester’s B&R color touchscreen operator interface features a graphical display of test results, easy-to-use icon-based menu system, recipe storage, password protection, and automated self-test feature.

The unit’s is equipped with locking castor wheels, dual guide rails, and powder-coated frame. The standard conveyor is 6.5 feet long and extended lengths and widths are available.

Custom solutions can be designed to suit specific application and plant layout needs.

W. Amsler will also showcase its spin trimmers for trimming PETG, PET, HDPE, PVC, PE, and PP containers in either two-step stretch blow molding or extrusion blow molded plants. The compact, standalone unit is built with powder-coated steel for extended life and castor wheels enable easy transport throughout the plant. The spin trimmer handles container diameters up to 200mm at a rate of up to 6000 jars/hr.

Original Article – https://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/w-amsler-to-introduce-new-leak-tester-with-enhanced-functionality-at-npe2018-40010521

 

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