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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.net.

 

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

 

Next-generation Stretch Blow Moulding at NPE2018

Heidi Amsler
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.

W. Amsler Equipment Inc. to launch next-generation 4-cavity all-electric reheat stretch blow moulder at NPE 2018 on May 7-11 at the Orlando County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

W. Amsler Equipment Inc., a leading supplier of all-electric linear PET stretch blow moulders, will introduce its next-generation four-cavity all-electric reheat stretch blow molder at the upcoming NPE2018 May 7-11 at the Orlando County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. (Booth #S21067). The company will also exhibit its newly-enhanced leak tester that inspects bottles from 10ml to 23L and its standalone spin trimmer for both stretch- and extrusion-blown containers.
W. Amsler also announced that General Manager Bruce Coxhead will give a presentation entitled “Linear Blow Moulding of Non-Conventional Barrier Containers” at NPE’s Bottle Zone Technical Forum on Wednesday, May 9, at 10:45 a.m.
The L42X all-electric reheat machine offers several new features including preferential heating, neck orientation, and hot-fill capabilities. “For custom blow moulders, the next-generation four-cavity machine provides versatility to enable PET bottle production in a range of configurations and sizes,” said Heidi Amsler, sales and marketing manager for W. Amsler.
The new machine makes up to 2L 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 5L. Neck finishes range from 18mm to 70mm.
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 mould 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 moulding station and clamp opening, closing, and bottle unloading.
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 moulder.
 Original Article –  http://www.industrysourcing.com/article/next-generation-stretch-blow-moulding-npe2018

L42X All-Electric Reheat Machine Preferential Heating, Neck Orientation, and Hot-Fill Capability

Heidi Amsler

W. Amsler Equipment Inc., Canadian supplier of all-electric linear PET stretch blow molders, will introduce its next-generation four-cavity all-electric reheat stretch blow molder at the upcoming NPE 2018.

The L42X all-electric reheat machine offers several new features including preferential heating, neck orientation, and hot-fill capabilities. For custom blow molders, the next-generation four-cavity machine provides versatility to enable PET bottle production in a range of configurations and sizes, according to the manufacturer.

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 18 mm to 70 mm. 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.

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.

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.

 

Original Article – http://www.kunststoffe.de/en/products/overview/article/l42x-all-electric-reheat-machine-preferential-heating-neck-orientation-and-hot-fill-capability-5768124.html

W. Amsler to Supply Npe2018’s Bottle Zone Beer Garden with Pet Beer Containers

Heidi Amsler

W. Amsler Equipment, the supplier of all-electric linear PET stretch blow moulders will use its single-cavity PET stretch blow moulder to produce bottles for NPE2018’s bottle zone beer garden.

The company will supply Craft beer in barrier PET bottles to be sold throughout the week at

in the Beer Garden, which is part of NPE’s Bottle Zone, an area consisting of 40 exhibitors who work in PET packaging.

The company 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 Centre.

The 12oz, 36-gram preform was designed by Amsler with assistance from Athena Automation and Yudo Valuepro.

Amsler had to maintain the bottle height for filling but shortened the shoulder to compensate for the wall thickness in a glass bottle.

 

Amsler beer bottles

 

The preform was designed to accept a standard metal crown closure and optimised for the required axial and diametrical stretch ratios as well as core and cavity draft for preform moulding.

Amsler selected a monolayer structure with barrier additive for the barrier material which would allow the moulding of PET preforms on any injection moulding machine equipped for PET.

The company says it has also created barrier clear bottles to target the growing cider market.

Heidi Amsler, Marketing Manager for 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.”

W. Amsler will be at NPE2018 7th-11th May at Booth #S21067.

Original Article https://www.britishplastics.co.uk/industry-events/npe2018/w-amsler-to-supply-npe2018%E2%80%99s-bottle-zone-beer-garden-with-pe/

Blow molding machine makers strive for quality, speed

Heidi Amsler
Graham will have six processing systems on display, including its Mini Hercules accumulator head blow molder

Graham will have six processing systems on display, including its Mini Hercules accumulator head blow molder

The quest to produce quality bottles with greater precision and speed is being met with investment and innovation by blow molding machine manufacturers.

New products and next-generation models on exhibit at NPE2018 will show advances in repeatability and flexibility for primary equipment buyers in the automotive, beverage, cosmetic, health care and other markets.

For custom blow molders, W. Amsler Equipment Inc. has amped up the second version of its four-cavity stretch blow molding machine and will display it at Booth S21067. The L42X has gone from 3 to 12 Bosch-Rexroth servo motors and now has four parallel heating ovens — one for each cavity — to allow for more precise adjustments compared to a single continuous oven.

“We’ve been talking about this machine for a couple years. Nothing else like this is manufactured in North America,” Amsler Sales and Marketing Manager Heidi Amsler said in a phone interview.

She pointed to the new oven system, saying, “There’s a lot more control over the process. When you’re running four bottles, you don’t want a variance from the first cavity to the second or last.”

The extra servos improve repeatability and reduce energy use yet have fewer cables, according to the company. But Amsler expects another feature to impress businesses that run smaller loads with fast changeovers, maybe making trigger spray bottles one day and bear-shaped honey bottles the next. She said the L42X shines in operations that run a wide variety of containers.

“The range of bottles that can be made sets us apart,” Amsler said. “We can run bottles from 50 milliliters up to 5 liters with neck sizes from 18 mm to 70 mm.”

In addition, the machine is equipped with a larger touchscreen control for the operator and a Windows-based human machine interface with access to assembly drawings, bills of materials, set-up guides, trouble-shooting tips and training videos.

Founded in 1994, Amsler, a privately held Richmond Hill, Ontario-based company, is the only North American manufacturer of all-electric linear PET stretch blow molders. General Manager Bruce Coxhead will give a presentation on linear blow molding of non-conventional barrier containers at 10:45 a.m. May 9 at NPE’s Bottle Zone.

Bekum America Corp. (Booth W2127) says it will introduce the U.S.-made 407DL machine in response to the growing need for a high-speed bottle maker. The machine offers the benefits of a double-shuttle long stroke machine platen as well as cost-efficient production of smaller bottles, especially for personal care products, according to the company.

Molds can be changed in 15 minutes without the use of tools, Bekum says, and the machine provides “a very attractive” cost-output ratio. Bekum will demonstrate features of the electric version by producing 1-liter round, 3-layer personal care bottles made from HDPE.

The 407DL machines also come in hydraulic and hybrid versions and include Bekum’s patented C-Frame clamp design.

 

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.

Kautex Machines Inc. (Booth W1543) will show how it expanded the range of its small-size KBB all-electric machines. The company added capacity for the machine line as well as its KSB suction blow molding machines to meet growing demand.

In December, Kautex opened a new assembly hall at its manufacturing facility in Bonn, Germany, where it increased capacity for more than 60 machines a year.

Kautex also will demonstrate a virtual training machine for its KCC range of hydraulically driven machines at NPE.

Pet All Manufacturing Inc. (Booth W6545) will put three new all-electric technologies on display. The Markham, Ontario-based company will exhibit a blow molding machine (IBM 300/700) suited for clean rooms, an injection stretch blow molding machine (ISBM-180E), and a PET stretch blow molding machine (CPSB-1000 LLE) for 15 liter containers.

Show manager Zoe Webster says the machines provide energy savings and have faster cycle times than their hydraulic counterparts.

Barcelona, Spain-based Side SA (Booth S16084), which manufactures PET blow molding machines, will focus on an engineering solution for containers that need a handle molded from a preform.

“The T-handle system is the simplest system that can be found for producing containers with handles,” Side Sales Director Josep Jimenez said.

Graham Engineering Corp. (Booth 2743), which is based in York, Pa., has expanded its proprietary control system called Navigator to all company’s brands, which includes Welex and American Kuhne from earlier acquisitions.

The control technology uses an industrial PC with a Windows platform to improve extrusion process control. Navigator’s hardware is designed to withstand environments considered harsh because of vibrations, temperature and humidity.

“The ease and ability to integrate is boundless,” Justin Kilgore, Graham’s vice president of engineering, said in a news release, noting synchronized supervisory control of a line is possible as well connectivity for data collection systems and remote support and trouble-shooting.

“Navigator offers integration without limits,” Kilgore added.

Graham also will have six processing systems on display, including its Mini Hercules accumulator head blow molder, a modular clamp station for its Revolution MVP rotary wheel blow molder; the Welex Evolution sheet extrusion system; American Kuhne’s Ultra extruders with expanded features; American Kuhne’s tri-layer medical tubing line; and American Kuhne’s AKcent co-extruder.

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