A new linear stretch-blow molder with preferential heating produces flat and complex-shaped PET bottles at up to 5600 bottles/hr for household, personal-care, and pharmaceutical uses. The flexible SBO 4 Compact from Sidel Inc., Norcross, Ga., can be reconfigured in 30 min to run standard bottles as well. The first two machines were sold to Novapak Corp., Eatontown, N.J., and Container Services Inc., Hillsboro, Kan. The oven has interchangeable reflectors with dark and reflective zones for selective preform heating. The unit offers the same basic mechanics as the standard SBO 4 Compact and has a footprint of 16.7 x 6.6 x 11.2 ft. It makes bottles up to 3.3 liters with a max. diam. of 130 mm. New features slated for 2009 include an enhanced air-recovery system and optional neck orientation. (678) 221-3000 • www.sidel.com
5600 Sun Ct Norcross, GA 30092
Phone (678) 221-3187 Fax (770) 409-2208
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