STRETCH BLOW MOLDING

Sidel Merges Two PET Tooling Subsidiaries

Sidel joins together PET Engineering in Italy and COMEP in France.

#MeetMeInChicago

Join us September 21-23 for a first-of-its-kind event that brings under one roof our annual Molding and Extrusion Conferences, together with the Amerimold Expo. 

PET Base Tooling for Oval Bottles Boosts Stability, Trims Weight

Sidel’s new StarLITE HPC base design boosts bottle stability by up to 25%, cuts weight, and enables faster blowing and lower blowing pressure.

Shrink Packers Now Can Use 100% Recycled Shrink Film

KHS shrink packers for bottles now can handle shrink film with up to 100% recycle.

Fresh Milk in Clear PET with 20% PCR

Use of clear PET bottles for fresh milk is a growing trend, and Amcor offers up to 100% PCR content, as well as a UV barrier additive that doesn’t affect clarity.

KNOW HOW: EXPERT ADVICE

What Blow Molders Say About All-Electric Machines

They are well established in Europe, but molders in North America are just beginning to come around to all-electrics’ improved performance, maintenance, cleanliness, and—yes— energy efficiency. Here’s first-hand testimony, from the U.S. and abroad.

BLOW MOLDING: Single- or Two-Stage PET Bottle Making: Get to Know Your Options

The decision which process to use can be quite complex. Here are pointers that will help you to choose the right one for your application

How to Address Uneven Wall Thickness in Stretch-Blow Molding

Many conditions must be met to get the best wall distribution in a PET bottle. Skilled operators are, as always, indispensable.

Automa Acquired Out of Liquidation By Fellow Italian Firm

The Italian manufacturer of blow molding machinery has been acquired by a fellow Italian company, which services, rebuilds and sells used blow molding machines.

Your Pre-Installation Checklist-Part 1

The work really begins after you've ordered your new machine.

The Importance of Air Valves In Accumulator-Head Blow Molding

Proper air usage is an important part of making good blow molded parts.

Spring-Water Bottler to Expand In-House PET Recycling

Two California bottling plants are producing Crystal Geyser spring water bottles with at least 50% rPET now. Soon, the company plans to be using 100% rPET in all seven of its U.S. plants.
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Pretium Packaging Expands PET Blow Molding

Based in Chesterfield, Mo., Pretium Packaging has invested $5 million in PET stretch-blow molding equipment and infrastructure at six of its 19 manufacturing locations in the U.S. and Canada.
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Honeywell Debuts Aclar Edge Barrier Bottles for Pharmaceuticals

Honeywell has expanded beyond Aclar barrier films into Aclar Edge barrier bottles for pharmaceuticals and other moisture- and oxygen-sensitive products.

R&D/Leverage in Stretch-Blow Tooling Alliance with Aoki

A domestic source for tool design, build and repair for Aoki injection stretch-blow molding machines.

Coronavirus Doubles Demand for Used Blow Molding Machines

Demand for hand sanitizer, alcohol, cleaning products and beverages is reportedly straining capacity in blow molding.

How Graham Packaging Counters PCR Supply/Demand Squeeze

Customers want more PCR—including food grade—than recyclers can supply. Solutions involve efforts to educate customers, employees, and the community at large. New technologies also offer hope.

100% Recyclable PET Vies to Replace Composite Cans

Ring Container Technologies, Oakland, Tenn., a blow molder of HDPE and PET packaging, announced the first customer for its new SmartCAN, a PET can designed to replace the common composite can with a much more easily recyclable alternative at comparable cost.
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Plasma “Glass” Barrier Coating Developed for Reusable PET Bottles

IKV and KHS Corpoplast in Germany collaborate on SiOx barrier coating that can withstand caustic washing for multi-trip PET bottles.

Injection Molding Gains an Edge in Motorcycle Gas Tanks

Complex shapes required for the latest motorcycle gas tanks favor injection over blow molding. Lanxess and BMW have a monolayer nylon solution.

320 L Hydrogen Tank Liner Blow Molded in Nylon

Large liners for hydrogen composite pressure vessels are a challenge to blow mold. Kautex found a material and a technique to achieve a world “first.” 

How One Machine Builder Helps Fight the Coronavirus

Sidel converted its main stretch-blow molding development center to a production of PET hand-sanitizer bottles.

New Concepts in PET Wine & Vitamin Bottles

Amcor’s two new looks for PET wine bottles—one with PCR---and a first all-PCR PET multivitamin bottle.