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.
New aluminum mold blocks from ThermaForm LLC, Troy, Mich., incorporate conformal cooling technology to reduce cycle times for blow molded bottles.
New monolayer and multilayer designs for hot-fill barrier packaging have been developed for oxygen-sensitive foods such as pasta sauces, salsas, and fruit.
WEB EXCLUSIVE A new transparent color masterbatch is said to offer an exciting fluorescent appearance to PET bottles energy drinks and personal-care products.
Pepsi-Cola North America, Purchase, N.Y., has lightweighted its flavored non-carbonated 500-cc PET bottles by more than 20%. The weight of iced-tea and fruit-drink bottles was cut from 23.5 g to 18.6 g through structural bottle design, according to ...
Sidel Inc., Norcross, Ga., has introduced the FlexLine system for high-speed form/fill/seal production of ultralight PET bottles.
WEB EXCLUSIVE Ball Corp., Broomfield, Colo., is the first PET bottle maker in North America to use the Plasmax 12D barrier coating for wine and beer bottles.
Royal Philips Electronics, Somerset, N.J., and Sidel Inc., Norcross, Ga., have jointly developed infrared lamps that reportedly cut electricity use by 15% in PET bottle molding.
New all-electric stretch-blow molding machines from W.
The first PET liquor bottle with a built-in handle has been developed by Amcor PET Packaging, Manchester, Mich., for McCormick Distilling Co., Weston, Mo.