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First handled 64oz PET barrier growler for craft beer introduced

Heidi Amsler

PET Blow Molding & Bottle Making Machine

 

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

PET Blow Molding & Bottle Making Machine

 

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.

 

W. Amsler to Move Operations to Expanded Facility in Bolton, Ontario

Heidi Amsler

 

Amsler Equipment Inc.

Company is Strategically Positioned to Meet Demands of Growing Blow Molding Machine Business

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, July 9, 2018 W. Amsler Equipment Inc., a leading supplier of all-electric linear PET stretch blow molders, has announced plans to relocate its headquarters and manufacturing operations to Bolton, Ontario later this summer. The new location – designed to meet the expanded demands of the company’s growing PET blow molding machine business – will be in the heart of the “Plastics Corridor,” less than 20 kilometers from the Pearson (Toronto) Airport in Rexdale. The Bolton area is also home to suppliers such as Husky Injection Molding Systems, Athena Automation, and many blow molding companies.

Amsler has signed a lease agreement for 34,000 sq ft of space which will more than double the company’s current facility. The standalone facility will provide room to grow and more space for collaboration with customers. In addition to corporate offices, the new space will house business development and project management activities, said Heidi Amsler, marketing manager for W. Amsler. “We’ve experienced rapid growth over the last five years and we’ve outgrown our current space,” said Amsler.

The expanded facility will house sales, engineering, manufacturing, and service personnel. The new location will also accommodate more room for machine development, pilot production, and classroom-style training. Greater access to air and rail transportation will make it more convenient for supply partners, customers, and vendors.

All equipment, production assets, and employees will be transferred from the existing facility in Richmond Hill to Bolton. W. Amsler will occupy the leased space starting August 1 where it is currently undertaking significant renovations and improvements. The investment includes the purchase of new air compressors, auxiliary equipment, and other infrastructure need.

Amsler was started in 1994 by founder Werner Amsler in Concord, Ontario and operations were later transferred to Richmond Hill in May 1999.

Effective August 1, the new address of W. Amsler’s headquarters will be 31 Parr Blvd., Bolton, Ontario. The company’s main phone number will be (905) 951-9559.

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.

PRESS CONTACT:
Joseph Grande
J.Grande communications Inc.
413.684.2463
joe@jgrandecommunications.com

Original Article –  https://news.thomasnet.com/companystory/w-amsler-to-move-operations-to-expanded-facility-in-bolton-ontario-40013089

 

 

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

Amsler updates stretch blow molding unit

Heidi Amsler

stretch blow molding machine

 

L42X Amsler Equipment has redesigned its four-cavity, linear stretch blow molding machine for PET. Like its predecessor, the L42, the L42X can blow bottles up to 2 liters in size using four cavities and bottles up to 5 liters in two cavities. In the new machine, the maximum neck diameter is 63mm, compared to 48mm in the prior version.

What’s new? The machine, which Amsler launched last month, and its numerous improved features, including upgraded drives, heating lamps, oven controls and control software and hardware. All machine motions now are servo-driven. The L42X individually controls the heating of the four preforms before they are moved into the molding area. The clamp is double-acting, so that both mold halves move away from the centerline upon opening; clamp compensation acts on both sides of the mold. The far right photo shows heated oven banks without preforms. The inset photo shows preforms entering an oven bank.

Benefits Performance, ease of use and robust construction. Due to the use of servo motors, the operator has better control of all motions within the machine, including rotation of preforms through the oven. The new machine improves output by more than 10 percent.

Clariant Masterbatches – On Demand Color sampling with Amsler single cavity PET SBM

Heidi Amsler

       It’s Friday and on our agenda for today is a visit to Clariant Masterbatches in West Chicago. Clariant Masterbatches is one of seven business units making up Clariant International, a company headquartered in Muttenz, Switzerland. In this division there are approximately 3,100 employees working on colour and additive concentrates and performance solutions for plastics in 50 production workshops worldwide.

We met: Mr Len Kulka,
Creative Director,
Ms Adriana Rueda,
ColorWorks North America Manager,
Ms Hsi Chen ColorWorks North America Designer and Mr Thomas Schneider,
representing Amsler Blow Molding Equipment.

The plant here in West Chicago is also one of the production operations for masterbatches 80%, and liquid colourants 20%. It is also home to the North American ColorWorks,which is part of a global network of four such sites created to provide packaging and product designers with colour ideas and inspiration and technical guidance. Here we meet Len Kulka, Creative Director, Adriana Rueda, Manager, Hsi Chen, Designer and Thomas Schneider, a visiting representative of Amsler Equipment Inc.

We not only receive a friendly welcome but are bowled over by what we see here. We hadn’t reckoned on finding premises that could keep pace

with designer living space in the loft. Brightly-coloured bottle samples stand out impressively against a totally white environment. Separated off by window panes from where we are standing is the lab with machines for colour samples and prototyping.

Adriana Rueda team consists of eight people here on site who are tasked with noting colour trends in the marketplace so that they can advise customers appropriately. “Design and colour are important elements in packaging and play a vital part in ensuring the successful marketing of products in line with market requirements”, says Adriana Rueda, and, she continues,” it is well known what colours

can do if they are used with a specific aim in mind, this is something that branded products in particular rely on. This is what we want to achieve”.

Although it can support the development of any plastic product, ColorWorks West Chicago specialises in working with packaging designers. “Here we are in a position where we can generate colour samples and sample packaging for our customers within a very short space of time,” Adriana Rueda explains, “and also demonstrate the colour effect in bottles and closure caps. Our laboratory facilities allow us to create individual colour concentrates in the form of master batches and to produce preforms and sample bottles.”

A further possibility is offered as regards the manufacture of injection-moulded parts in the form of colour plaques or square parts that fit together to make a sort of cosmetic case.

The surfaces of the cosmetic case have different textures, thus drawing attention to their particular effect on colour perception. Samples can also be viewed in a light studio where a range of different lighting sources can demonstrate how colour perception changes under different lighting conditions, e.g. in sunlight or on a shelf in a supermarket.

Materials and applications

♦ HDPE 60%
♦ PET 35 %
♦ PP in small volumes for closures and engineering plastics

PET products have increased significantly over the last few years and are continuing to make headway. As far as the PET sector is concerned, it is cosmetics applications that dominate here in the USA.

Further potential has been identified in energy drinks and small mineral water bottles with colour intensifiers that are used as marketing tools to promote specific aspects.

Lab
The laboratory consists of five machines:

♦ Preform machine with a single cavity for preform samples
♦ Amsler Stretch blow moulding machine with one blow mould and hand in feed
♦ Extrusion blow moulding machine, triple layer with one blow mould
♦ Extruder for masterbatch manufacture
♦ Injection moulding machine for the manufacture of injection moulded colour samples such as colour plaques and square cases with variations in surface finish on the side walls

Following a tour of the plant, which included the concentrate manufacturing section, we leave Chicago and extend our thanks for an impressive meeting.

Salbro Bottle – Our customers success story

Heidi Amsler

Salbro trades in all packaging materials that have anything to do with bottling. From bottles made from HDPE, glass, a very wide range of closures and dispenser labels and, of course, PET bottles. However, these are produced by Salbro themselves.

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The three Saltz brothers came to Canada in 1989 and continued the company founded by their grandfather in South Africa as brokers for packaging in North America. More than ten years ago they decided to produce the PET bottles themselves. With the help of Werner Amsler they rapidly succeeded in building up their own production facility. Although Amsler had started as a piecework contractor producing the required number of bottles, it was not long before the first machine appeared on the floor at Salbro.

It looked a bit lonely so Paul Saltz purchased two lines. After only six weeks there was no more capacity left on the second line either. A further line followed nearly every year. Now there are seven injection moulding lines in Woodbridge, each producing on two cavities. Altogether they produce 15 million bottles each year. Backup is provided by two Nissei ASB preform lines which are capable of filling up to 24 cavities. Paul swears by the 2-stage process and particularly for the sometimes small orders amounting to only 10,000 bottles. Standard preforms may be used which means that the customer only needs to pay for the blow moulding mould and not, as in

the case of the 1-stage process, the preform moulds too. But, even where large quantities are concerned, for Paul, there is only the 2-stage process. Here he is able to achieve fast production; the cycle time is dependent on the stretch blow moulding process and not on the preform process which is clearly longer. And hence Amsler has now joined forces with an Amsler line. At the end there were operatives packing the bottles in boxes or on trays.

For Salbro there is no point in automating this stage. It takes less than half an hour to carry out a mould change without a preform carrier change. Setting up a robot would take a huge amount of time. Paul is thinking about deploying automation in 2016 but only for continuous operation. Salbro basic role model is characterised by flexibility and speed. Their own bottle production operation creates samples within 48h that can be guaranteed to impress customers’ customers. Salbro is able to ensure that a warehouse with more than 500 octabins incorporating a wide range of performs can be dealt with so as handle stretch blow molding orders practically overnight.

Amsler Equipment Appoints GMK Advisors Inc. to Manage Sales & Marketing in U.S. and Caribbean

Heidi Amsler

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RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, November 29, 2011 – Amsler Equipment Inc., a leading Canadian manufacturer of all-electric, reheat stretch blow molding machines based in Richmond Hill, Ont., has appointed Tom Schneider and Bill O’Day of GMK Advisors Inc., Chicago, to manage the company’s sales and marketing efforts in the U.S. and the Caribbean, it was announced today by Heidi Amsler, sales and marketing manager of Amsler Equipment.

GMK Advisors Inc. was formerly the sales representative for Mag-Plastic Machinery, based in Vouvry, Switzerland, a manufacturer of stretch-blow molding machinery. In September, Mag-Plastic announced that it will no longer manufacture stretch-blow molding machinery.

President Werner Amsler said the appointment is a key part of the company’s aggressive growth strategy in the U.S. “We’re excited about joining forces with one of the industry’s leading machine sales representatives to help position us for future growth,” said Amsler. “Teaming up with GMK will also provide continuity for existing Mag-Plastic equipment customers.” He noted that Amsler blow molders are designed to be compatible with molds currently running on Mag-Plastic machines.

GMK Advisors Inc. will support the sales of Amsler’s broad range of highly-efficient reheat stretch-blow molding machines and auxiliary equipment for production of PET plastic containers for the beverage, personal care, household products, detergent, chemicals, and food industries. The product line includes one- to six-cavity linear machines producing up to 10,000 bottles/hr and 10- and 16-cavity rotary blow molders with output up to 24,000 bottles/hr.

More information on GMK Advisors is available by e-mail at info@gmkadvisorsinc.com or by phone at (630) 357-2008.

About W. Amsler Equipment Inc.

W. Amsler Equipment Inc. is a privately-held Canadian company founded in 1994 by Werner Amsler. The company manufactures state-of-the-art, highly-efficient reheat stretch-blow molding machines and auxiliary equipment for manufacturers of PET containers for the beverage, personal care, household products, detergent, chemicals, and food industries. The product line includes linear machines with output up to10,000 bottles/hr and rotary equipment for up to 24,000 bottles/hr. The company was one of the first to develop all-electric machines which provide users with highly-repeatable processing, energy savings up to 50% vs. hydraulics, and a 75% reduction in maintenance costs.

W. Amsler also supplies complete turnkey blow molding plants, filtration, and filling lines. These products include bottle-inspection units, air compressors, process chillers, mold temperature-control units, blown-dome spin-off trimmers, gaylord dumpers, vacuum conveyors, and blow molds. More details are available at www.amslerequipment.com

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PRESS CONTACT:

Joseph Grande

413.684.2463

joe.grande@verizon.net

Photo Caption: Pictured left to right are Bill O’Day of GMK Advisors, Eunice Liu of Amsler Equipment, Werner Amsler and Heidi Amsler (both of Amsler Equipment), and Tom Schneider of GMK Advisors.

L32 Convertible – 3 Cavity PET Stretch Blow Molding Machine

Heidi Amsler

**Video** for the 3 Cavity Convertible L32 Machine – This heavy walled 8oz bottle runs at a 3.75 Cycle time

Adjustable Cavitation & Container Sizes
Run 3 Cavity up to 2 Liters (500ml will run at 4800 per hour)
2 Cavity – containers from 50ml to 3 liters
1 Cavity – containers from 50ml to 5 liters

For custom blow molders, this new three-cavity convertible machine, with adjustable cavitation, reduces tooling costs and eliminates the need for two blow molding machines to serve intermediate to, medium-volume markets. Build up the volume one cavity and add new molds as needed. Space savings and energy savings with the same footprint and energy consumption as the two cavity Amsler machine series.

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