Quality Assurance Starts Here
Agr International, Inc. offers a broad line of products and services specifically designed to help bottle manufacturers around the world produce high-quality containers while improving efficiencies, reducing costs and contributing to the responsible management of resources.
Whether you need specialized testing equipment to support the quality of production efforts; a certified, independent laboratory to supplement your testing program or the assistance of expert consultants to better manage container filling and packaging related problems, Agr offers products and services that are right for you!
Process Pilot® Family of Products
Total process control and quality management for PET containers
The Agr Process Pilot family of products offers a total process and quality control program for PET containers. This powerful combination of thickness distribution management, automated blowmolder control, material orientation optimization and random defect detection provides an un-matched set of tools that can significantly improve operational efficiencies on a 24/7 basis, while improving product quality and increasing profitability.
Unlike any other blowmolder management method, the Process Pilot system controls the blowmolder based on direct feedback from bottle measurements rather than just blowmolder performance indicators. Measurement feedback through continuous monitoring is used to automatically adjust blowmolder settings, maintaining the blowmolding process at optimum levels. The Process Pilot management method is designed to ensure that all final production bottles have the desired quality and performance attributes in spite of environmental, blowmolder or material variations that occur during the production process.
Process Pilot® Automated Blowmolder Control System
Automated blowmolder control system for PET container production
The Process Pilot® automated blowmolder control system is a combination of software and hardware interface components that work in conjunction with the Pilot Profiler™ measurement system to provide a hands-free means to maintain the blowmolding process. The Process Pilot control system utilizes feedback from the Pilot Profiler™ system to continually monitor material distribution and automatically adjust blowmolder settings to maintain optimal bottle distribution characteristics, without operator intervention. The Process Pilot system eliminates time-consuming manual steps in the blowmolding management process, resulting in reduced process variability and improved bottle performance and quality.
Pilot Profiler® Material Distribution Management System
Comprehensive in-the-blowmolder thickness distribution measurement for PET containers
The Pilot Profiler® in-the-blowmolder material distribution measurement system offers real-time measurement feedback for PET containers, at the point of production, on every container produced. This system provides the high accuracy material distribution data that is essential for the light weighting, quality management and process control functions in today’s high speed blowmolding operations. It is compatible with all major brands of rotary blowmolders.
The Pilot Profiler system features a compact non-contact measurement unit that is positioned within the blowmolder to measure bottles as they exit the mold. This system can be fitted with up to 32 sensors to produce a comprehensive thickness profile over the entire sidewall of a container.
Designed to detect randomly occurring defects and is configured to meet the quality management requirements for high-speed PET bottle production, with a special focus on containers with high percentages of rPET. The Pilot Vision+ system is designed to work in conjunction with today’s high speed reheat stretch blowmolding equipment. As part of Agr’s Process Pilot family of products, it can be used along with the Process Pilot® automated blowmolder management system. The combination of Pilot Vision+ and Process Pilot provides bottle producers with the ability to not only detect random occurring defects, but also manage the process to maintain precise material distribution, even with the lightest and/or most difficult-to-process bottle design.
The Pilot Vision+ system is a modular vision-based inspection system that mounts inside today’s high-speed reheat stretch-blowmolding equipment. The compact design of cameras and lighting components and an operating speed of up to 100,000 bottles/hour make it compatible with most blowmolder models and brands.
Volume expansion, pressure testing and shelf-life prediction for plastic and related containers
The PPT3000 offers high-resolution, servo-controlled pressure and volume expansion testing for plastic and related containers. The system can be used to verify that containers meet minimum pressure capabilities and to monitor the rate of volume expansion. This critical process management tool can be used in the laboratory or along side manufacturing lines to ensure that containers meet industry specifications.
Testing modes of the PPT3000
- Fill-Ramp Mode – simulates the conditions for filling operations
- Burst Pressure Mode – pressured quickly to a predefined pressure level
- Custom Test Mode – provides the capability to create unique profiles
- Programmable Volume Expansion Mode (optional) – enables operators to configure the duration of time for capturing the volume expansion during testing
- M-RULE® Shelf-Life Mode (optional) – provides material utilization and predicted shelf-life data
An optional mode is also available for testing aluminum bottle domes. This test mode applies controlled internal pressure to a container to the point of base failure.
Agr’s Gawis 4D™ laboratory test system is designed to provide a new level of process and quality management for plastic containers and preforms. This system affords operators with the ability to perform multiple measurements, on a wide range of plastic containers and preforms, with unmatched accuracy, repeatability and operational throughput. This all-in-one measurement system incorporates the latest optical gauging and thickness measurement technology, in combination with automation, to simplify container measurement operations while maximizing testing throughput.
The Gawis 4D is two systems in one; a thickness measurement system, and a dimensional gauging device. This system incorporates the latest optical gauging and thickness measurement technology, in combination with automation, to simplify container measurement operations while maximizing testing throughput. It is designed to provide broad measurement capabilities on a wide range of plastic containers and preforms with unmatched accuracy, repeatability and operational throughput.
Built upon a completely new measurement platform, the Gawis 4D incorporates a number of features and capabilities that include:
- Comprehensive thickness measurement over the container body with:
- Single and multiple point measurements
- Vertical and horizontal scans
- Precise finish gauging and body measurements, including base clearance and height featuring:
- AutoJob™ – automated job setup
o High resolution, USB 3 camera technology
o Optimized lensing and telecentric optics
- 360º imaging, with frames captured up to 1º
- Performance to ISBT, ASTM and equivalent international standards
- Industry 4.0 communication protocols
Automatic volume and vertical load testing in a single unit
The Combi tester provides automatic volume and topload measurements in the same operation.
Multiple Test Modes
- Fill height volume
- Brimful volume
- Fill height and brimful volume
- Standard max load vs. deflection
- First peak
- All peak
- Process control
- Integrated volume and topload testing
- Fill-height and brimful volume tests in the same operation
- Easy, programmable operation
- Robust “at-the-line” design
- Compact footprint
- Excellent repeatability and reproducibility
- Selectable volume fill height
- Adjustable topload compression speed and range
- Auto-compensation for ambient water temperature and density
Portable, high-precision thickness measurement for non-ferrous materials
The MBT 7200xt and MBT 7400xt portable thickness measuring devices offer the capability to precisely measure materials up to 24mm thick. The small size and portability of the device enables it to be operated in production areas and quality laboratories. The MBT provides easy, non-destructive and highly accurate thickness measurement of all types of non-ferrous products, regardless of their size, shape, or material. It is ideal for applications where accurate measurements of sharp corners, small radii, and/or complex shapes are required.
The MBT is designed to permit optimal flexibility for testing a wide range of material of different thickness. Two sensor probes and a series of precision engineered target ball sizes facilitate accurate and repeatable measurements for material thickness ranging from 0-24mm. The all-digital design offers superior performance and eliminates the issue of noise interference with other equipment.
Operating principal – the MBT utilizes the “Hall Effect” principal to precisely determine the distance between the magnetic probe and precision target balls.
Hand Held Thickness Probe
Portable thickness measurement of glass, plastic or other non-conductive materials
The Hand Held Thickness Probe (HHTP2000) is a portable thickness measurement and evaluation device designed for measuring non-conductive materials. The unique touch and measure design is well suited for containers and hollow molded products. The HHTP2000 is ideal for plant operations where quick and effortless measurement of material distribution is needed. The HHTP2000 does not require target balls or coupling fluids, eliminating the risk of product contamination.
Operating principal – the HHTP2000 utilizes Agr’s proven “touch and measure” capacitive thickness technology. The effective capacitance of the HHTP2000 probe tip changes in proportion to the average thickness of the material. The change in capacitance is converted and then read as thickness on the digital display.