A new linear reheat stretch-blow machine from Siapi S.r.l, San Vendemiano, Italy, produces 6000 to 20,000 PET bottles/hr. That output is claimed to be 15% to 20% above current rates for linear stretch-blow machines. Siapi's new servo-controlled EA series, now available to U.S. processors, features a novel preform heating system that significantly reduces energy use and lowers machine footprint, Siapi says. The new infrared heating system, developed in conjunction with Germany's Adphos, boasts 0.8- to 1.5-micron wavelength range, which is lower than typical infrared systems and better matches PET's heating requirements, says North American sales manager Marco Bottecchia. A specially designed frame also optimizes lamp performance. The new machine can run four to 14 cavities for bottles up to 2.5L with neck finishes up to 38 mm.
Via Ferrovia Nord, 45 San Vendemiano (TV) 31020, Italy