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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.

 

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

Mag-Plastic’s withdrawal creates opportunities for Amsler Equipment

Heidi Amsler

Amsler’s appointment of GMK Advisors Inc. results in increased sales…

June 28th, 2013 Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Amsler Equipment Inc., the only North American manufacturer of all-electric reheat stretch-blow molding machines, appointed GMK Advisors Inc. to manage sales in the USA & Caribbean 18 months ago following Mag-Plastic Machinery’s announcement that they were exiting the PET stretch-blow molding machinery market. During this short time, GMK has worked exclusively with Amsler to increase market awareness and sales in their markets.

GMK Advisors is owned by Tom Schneider and Bill O’Day, both of whom were executives of blow molding machinery manufacturers in the past. From 2003 to 2011, they were exclusive sales representatives for Mag-Plastic Machinery in the US. GMK’s history with Mag ties in directly with Amsler’s marketing and sales plans. Amsler offers a much larger range of machines (from 1 to 6 cavities) compared to Mag’s 2 to 4 cavities. Amsler’s all-electric design consumes less energy and requires less maintenance because it does not use a hydraulic clamping system. Amsler’s PET Stretch-blow molding machines can easily accept existing molds designed to run on competitors’ machines.

Heidi Amsler, sales & marketing manager said: “Working with GMK Advisors Inc. has helped us to promote and sell the PET stretch-blow molding machinery and leak testers into new accounts in the US & Caribbean, including a 4-cavity machine to Containers Plus in Barbados and 4 machines to Consolidated Container Corporation in the U.S.”

More information about GMK Advisors is available by email at: info@gmkadvisorsinc.com or by phone: 630-357-2008.

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 blow molders of PET containers for the beverage, personal care, household products, detergent, chemicals, and food industries. The product line includes linear machines with outputs up to 10,000 bottles per hour and rotary equipment for up to 24,000 bottles per hour. The company was one of the first in the industry to develop all-electric machines.

W. Amsler also supplies complete turnkey blow molding plants and filling lines. These systems include filling equipment, bottle-inspection units, air compressors, blown-dome spin trimmers, gaylord dumpers, vacuum conveyors and blow molds. More details can be found on our website: www.amslerequipment.com

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NPE The International Plastics Show Case

Heidi Amsler

Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

March 23th to 27th, 2015

Amsler to Make It Clear at NPE 2015 Why Their L32 Convertible is Special

Transparent door panels, just for the show, will let you quickly see for yourself.

Richmond Hill, ON – Amsler will be running their L32 Convertible machine with servo stretch rods – 3 Cavity PET Stretch Blow Molding Machine. Convertible means it can run one, two, or three cavities depending on the reed bottle size. Great design, fewer parts, quick servicing and fast mold change-overs. The three-cavity all-electric unit meets the high-output needs of custom blow molders of PET containers with small to medium size requirements.

Amsler Equipment Inc., an innovative manufacturer of all-electric, reheat stretch-blow (RHB) molding machines will demonstrate the latest in RHB machinery and auxiliary equipment for PET bottles at NPE 2015: The International Plastics Showcase, March 23 – 27, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. See them at Booth W1989 in the west hall.

Amsler will also demonstrate, a new empty bottle Leak Tester at NPE 2015. The upgraded unit, the fifth in a series, expands the company’s broad offering in quality inspection equipment. The leak tester boasts a color touch-screen interface, smaller footprint than competitive models, features a solid steel frame construction, and offers a top-load, wall-thickness, color and vacuum leak testing options.

Remember we are in booth #W1989 located in the west hall at NPE 2015 Sign up for your
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PET bottles, flasks and an HDPE cooler take top honors in blow molding

Heidi Amsler

CHICAGO — The Society of Plastics Engineers’ Blow Molding Division presented awards to packaging innovations like triangular bottles, flask containers for Jack Daniels, an industrial products line a game table and a giant ice cooler.Judges selected winners from 14 entries, at the SPE Blow Molding Conference, held Oct. 5-7 in Chicago. This was the second annual blow molded parts competition.
Here is a recap of the awards:

Packaging

First place: W. Amsler Equipment Inc. of Richmond Hill, Ontario, won for a set of four triangular-shaped PET bottles that nest together for efficient packaging. Retailers also save space. The bottles use recycled food-grade PET to replace PVC. 55oz spin trim Jar is created with the two-step PET stretch blow molding process. Two-step blow molding gives four times higher output per mold than the one-step process.

The blow molder is Salboro Bottle, using a mold from V.P. Tool & Mold.

L32 Three Cavity Convertible Upgraded to accept 63mm preforms – Video

Heidi Amsler

The L32 Convertible PET stretch blow molder was designed with custom blow molders in mind. The convertible feature means that the machine can run one,two or three cavities allowing for flexibility in production runs.  It will run in single cavity mode for bottles up to 5 liters, two cavity for bottles up to 3 and three cavity mode for bottles up to 2 liters.

The max neck finish has now been upgraded to accept 63mm preforms in three cavity mode. The preforms are still automatically loaded using the regular unscrambler and loading system. The machine frame size remains unchanged.

The video below shows the L32 machine running a 28oz peanut jar with a 63mm neck.

March 21, 2016 – Richmond Hill, ON – Amsler Equipment Inc. has refurbished, retrofitted, and delivered its first PET blow molder to Poliflex S.A. de C.V in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Poliflex S.A. de C.V. is a custom blow molder serving the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, beverage, household goods and food products industries. Founded in 1992, the company operates both injection-stretch molding and two-step blow molders to produce a wide variety of jars and bottles. Poliflex is currently updating their plant to meet ISO 22000 food safety standards.

Poliflex needed a modern single-cavity PET stretch blow molding machine to replace an older machine. Small footprint, machine performance, low tooling costs and easy supplier communication were important in selecting a replacement.

 

Amsler was able to supply a used single-cavity machine that was originally installed at a U.S.-based customer. The L12 had been outgrown and was traded in on a new three-cavity L32C. The L12, which was manufactured in 2007, was retrofitted with a preferential heating oven, which was a Poliflex requirement. The machine was completely refurbished and full warranty was provided by Amsler.

Poliflex was able to start up the machine and begin production in their plant themselves and it is currently running 4 days a week. The company is In the process of acquiring new molds and converting their existing molds to run on the Amsler L12.

This small fully-automatic single-cavity machine can make bottles from 50ml up to 2 liters in capacity with neck sizes from 18mm to 63mm. The L15 version of the machine, is available to make bottle sizes up to 5 liters. The options for these machines include neck orientation, hot-fill, and preferential heating.

About W. Amsler Equipment Inc.:

W. Amsler Equipment Inc. is a privately-held Canadian company founded in 1994 by Werner Amsler. In addition to PET stretch blow molding machines, Amsler also supplies equipment for complete blow molding plants, and filling lines. These products include Bottle-Inspection Units (for leak testing, choked necks, wall-thickness control), Blow-Dome Spin-Off Trimmers, Air Compressors, Vacuum Conveyors, Blow Molds, Gaylord Dumpers, Mold Temperature-Control Units, and Process Chillers.

Amsler is the only North American manufacturer of all-electric linear PET stretch blow molders, 100% designed, built and serviced in North America.

More details are available at www.amslerequipment.net

About Poliflex S.A. de C.V.:

Poliflex is a custom blow molding company that was founded in 1992. Injection and PET stretch blow molding processes to produce a variety of PET bottle machine and Jars for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, house hold chemical and food industries.

More details are available at www.poliflexsa.com

CCC Expands PET bottle Production with Amsler Machines

Heidi Amsler

Four new PET stretch-blow machines will be online in 2013 (VIDEO BELOW)

August 22, 2013 Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Consolidated Container Company (CCC) recently placed an order for three L42 4-cavity and one L32 3-cavity PET stretch-blow machines with Amsler Equipment Inc. in Richmond Hill, ON, Canada.  These convertible series machines are being installed in two different facilities.

The new all-electric Amsler linear L32 and L42 machines are convertible because the number of cavities is adjustable.  The L42 machines can be run in 4-cavity mode to make bottles up to 2 liters or in 2-cavity mode for larger bottles up to 5 liters. The L32 machine can be run in 3-cavity mode to make bottles up to 2 liters, 2-cavity mode for bottles up to 3 liters and single-cavity mode for bottles up to 5 liters.

The Amsler machines are all-electric with servo-actuated stretch rods, clamp, and preform in-feed to the molds.  At CCC’s request, the machines were equipped with Siemens user interfaces and controls systems.  The machines will be used to produce a variety of containers, including beverage, trigger sprayer and floor cleaner, among others.

According to Werner Amsler, President, “The order placed by CCC with us is a milestone in our history as it represents the largest single order we have ever received. We are committed to working closely with CCC in supplying state-of-the-art machines to support their growth in manufacturing PET containers.”

Rob Johnson, General Manager of Consumer Business unit of CCC, said  “W. Amsler Equipment Inc. has been a critical partner to support the needs of the key customers of the CCC’s Consumer Business Unit. They have worked closely with CCC’s engineering group to deliver technology that fit the needs of our growing PET platform and our Commercial Services group, which is committed to providing CCC’s customers with the fastest possible speed to market in the packaging industry.”

  1. Amsler Equipment Inc.

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 blow molders of PET containers for the beverage, personal care, household products, detergent, chemicals, and food industries. The product line includes linear machines with output up to 10,000 bottles per hour and rotary equipment for up to 24,000 bottles per hour. The company was one of the first in the industry to develop all-electric machines.

Amsler also supplies complete turnkey blow molding plants and filling lines. These systems include filling equipment, bottle inspection units, air compressors, blown-dome spin trimmers, gaylord dumpers, vacuum conveyors and blow molds. More details can be found on our website: www.amslerequipment.com

Consolidated Container Company

Consolidated Container Company is a leading developer and manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging solutions in North America. Consolidated Container Company specializes in customized mid- and shortrun packaging solutions, serving a diverse customer base in the dairy, large-format water, beverage,  food, household chemical, automotive, and specialty chemical markets. With 60 manufacturing facilities and 2,100 employees, CCC has an integrated, nationwide network of manufacturing and service locations to deliver reliable and cost-effective packaging solutions to meet the needs of a wide range of customers and markets. CCC provides standard and custom packaging solutions to its customers. From its state-of-the art Panella Engineering and Development Center to its experienced manufacturing teams across its network, CCC delivers high performance, cost-effective design solutions to meet even the most challenging container applications. To inquire how we can support you with your rigid plastic packaging needs please visit us at http://www.cccllc.com/contact.php

L42 4 Cavity Convertible PET stretch Blow Molder

Heidi Amsler

All electric fully automatic machine that can run in 4 cavity mode producing bottles up to 2 liters or in 2 cavity mode for bottles up to 5 liters. Flexible cavitation makes this machine ideal for the custom blow molder. Neck sizes range from 20mm up to 48mm.

– 5500 bottles per hour for 500ml container
– 20 minute mold changes
– Hot Fill
– Servo stretch rods
– Small footprint

The video shows the L42 running a 500ml oval in 4 cavity mode.

 

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