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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.

 

Q&A: Innovation that serves customers

Heidi Amsler

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Werner Amsler Equipment Inc. is known in Canada as an innovator for his work in all-electric blow molding machines and was honored with the 2010 Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) Plastics Innovator Award, which he identifies as the most significant award that he has received in his career. Given to those whose technological advancements have contributed to the expansion of the Canadian plastics industry, the award recognized Amsler’s 2009 “innovative technologies including a fully automatic loading system for wide mouth preforms up to 89mm, a new flexible PET machine series that allows for adjustable cavitations on PET blow machines, and a modular semi-automatic palletizer that provides fully automatic operation through the purchase of additional modules.” Amsler constantly uses customer feedback to make improvements to the company’s equipment. More recent innovations include options such as preferential heating, hot fill and a neck orientation system that uses standard preforms. The company recently also developed and delivered a customized single-cavity lab machine. When the company was founded, Amsler was the first to introduce a fully electric reheat stretch-blow molding machine. He has a penchant for simplicity, reliability and customer service. Amsler recently spoke with PMM correspondent Lisa Jo Lupo.

How and why did you get into the plastics industry?

Amsler :  I was trained as a toolmaker in Switzerland, among other things, and my first job in the plastics industry was in 1970 as a toolmaker in a company which still exists — Plastipak in Richmond Hill. I worked as a toolmaker for a few years, then progressed up to plant manager in the blow molding division. Then I was recruited by a German company, Bekum, back home to head their Canadian service department for the machinery that is sold over here.

In 1980, my brother and I started a company called Swissplas in the molding industry. We made plastic bottles, and ended up with 15 lines when I sold the company to Monarch Plastics in 1988. So that was a successful venture.

Why did you sell this company, then decide to found Amsler?

Amsler : The company was doing very well, so I wanted to take the profits out of it and start a consulting company in the plastics industry. During our consulting phase, the question was always asked by customers, “Where do I find a good reheat stretch-blow molding machine?” There wasn’t really anything around other than equipment that wasn’t suitable for this market or machines that were really substandard. So in 1994, I decided to start the business we’re in now.

We started immediately with fully electric machinery because, even at that time, we were thinking forward to energy conservation and, of course, low maintenance, so hydraulic systems automatically were out of the picture. That’s why we did fully electric machines right from the beginning.

It sounds like you were a pioneer from the start. What other innovations did you introduce?

Amsler : We were the first to be fully electric and the first to introduce central cooling systems for the ovens. The fully electric was a big step. We also had significantly fewer parts than anyone else. We just wanted to be simple, reliable, quick — all the qualities that are needed in custom blow molding. We also built the machines for very quick changeover. For the plastic blow molding industry, changeovers of a few minutes would be great, but we wanted to get away from the half-day changeovers everybody else had, and we were very successful with that. Our approach is to make sure we’re always ahead of everybody else.

The trend of using all-electric machines for blow molding really only has taken hold over the last year or so. What were you seeing in the industry that made you want to take this step in 1994?

Amsler : I wanted to provide a machine that was energy efficient and simpler to maintain. At the time, hydraulic systems had a bad reputation for wasting energy. Fifty percent of the supplied energy was wasted into heat, which then had to be removed with a chiller. The chiller itself was also inefficient in operation. In addition to the energy lost, the hydraulic systems will leak sooner or later and will thus require a lot of maintenance. Furthermore, the Amsler equipment would be producing bottles for food applications, so oil is not welcome in this environment. There also is an environmental hazard. Hydraulic oil is toxic and needs to be disposed of properly, which is expensive. The Amsler machine design was based on 40 percent less energy consumption and 50 percent less maintenance. [It also allowed for] almost total removal of oil contamination sources on the machinery when compared to hydraulic systems that were available at the time.

Knowing the challenges of entrepreneurship, what have you done to help new and small businesses in the plastics industry?

Amsler : We started a model that we run molds; that is, we let our customers run their molds on our machines in our place. That gets the small guys into the business. When they get started, they have enough money to get into the business and to buy molds which are relatively inexpensive, and they have connections in the industry to sell their bottles, but they don’t often have enough funds or knowledge to start their own operation. So we help them get started that way. It works well for us and for many of our present-day customers. We still use the model. It allows us to have a production showroom so our customers can come into our plant and our manufacturing center where we are building the machines, and they can see the machines running production or testing different materials or molds — they get a live demo of the equipment that they are going to purchase. Also, our machines are fully proven before we ship them; they have already run many days of production, not just test runs, which allows for a faster start-up on the other end.

Also, all the parts for our machines are standard off-the-shelf parts, available from any supplier. We don’t do custom parts, other than change parts for production, so that way, our customers aren’t tied to us for service and parts. They can go to other suppliers that are local to them. The availability of local parts anywhere in the world is really important. And, of course, the parts that are special to our machines we stock here. So we can respond quickly because we have everything in-house.

Why do you believe you succeeded in this business when others have failed?

Amsler : We are the only manufacturer of this type of equipment in North America. We did have competitors, big ones, that finally went by the wayside. We were successful, mainly, I believe, because we don’t just have one leg to stand on, we also have the blow-molding division. This is downplayed a lot by us because we don’t want to compete with our machinery customers. We don’t go out and quote blow molding business, we use the model I discussed earlier — running a blow molding operation with our customers’ molds. So that helps with cash flow, and it helps with improving the quality of the machinery.

We also have ancillary equipment. On our bottle-inspection unit, we can test for color; we can, of course, test for leaks; we can test for bottle dimension, wall thickness, metal contamination and correct neck finish. Some people just sell leak detection, but ours is really an inspection unit. We go even further downstream through another division, Amsler Packaging Technology, which focuses on liquid filling, labeling, packaging, all the way to palletizing. So we can provide everything from blow molding to palletizing — and that gives us another leg to stand on, so we have three legs.

When you are not working, what do you do for fun?

Amsler : I have a U.S. pilot’s license based on my Canadian pilot’s license. That’s one of my hobbies — I fly as much as I can, and I ski. I also have a model railroad — called a garden railroad — outside. It’s not big enough to sit on — not like the ones at the mall that people ride on; it’s 1-to-22 scale; a locomotive might be 3 feet long. The train goes through gardens and railway bridges.

What would you like to see as your industry epitaph? How do you want to be remembered?

Amsler : The motto right now is that Amsler provides quality equipment. I think that’s good and I just want to build on that.

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