Agr’s Automated Laboratory System provides an automated solution that tightly integrates thickness and dimensional testing operations with a precision pick and place industrial robot. Photo: Agr

NPE 2018

Agr International, Inc. to feature its Process Pilot, 3-step approach for PET bottle manufacturing process, and Automated Laboratory at NPE 2018

| Blow Moulding & Coating | Agr International | Butler, PA | United States

Agr International offers a number of products that are designed to aid bottle manufacturers achieve their most aggressive light weighting and sustainability goals while maintaining the highest quality.  Agr products are designed to assist container producers, converters and fillers stay competitive while meeting the increased quality demands of today’s changing world. Agr will display their latest developments in quality management and process control equipment for plastic containers at NPE 2018, Stand S16045.   Products featured at NPE will include the following:

Process Pilot® automated blowmolder management system – now with Individual Mold Control™, is designed to help PET bottle manufacturers measure, control and optimize their bottle blowing process in order to produce the highest quality, best performing bottles possible while maximizing production efficiency.  The Process Pilot system interfaces with the blowmolder to provide precise material thickness distribution on a per bottle basis while managing the blowmolder to eliminate the effect of process and environmental variables that impact bottle material distribution throughout the production cycle. The Process Pilot system offers a simple three-step approach towards PET blowmolder management:

  • Step 1 – Measure material distribution and pearlescence on every bottle
  • Step 2 – Control the blowmolder to overcome process variation and maintain on-target material distribution
  • Step 3 – Optimize the process to suit the product, application or business objective of the production facility

Not only does this system simplify and stabilize the production of PET bottles, but it also provides the versatility to manage bottle production in a manner most suitable to the product and application.  Whether the goal is to make the lightest bottle possible, process preforms of mixed lineage or material quality, improve bottle shelf-life and performance characteristics, save energy or just run a stable process 24/7, the Process Pilot product group offers a means to realize this goal profitably and with confidence.

Automated laboratory system -- solution that offers a precision pick and place industrial robot to select, handle and transfer PET container and preform samples through multiple thickness and dimensional tests.  Integrated with Agr’s Gawis® container measurement system, comprehensive measurements, including thickness and critical dimensional measurements can be performed without operator intervention.  The tests are fully optimized and performed quickly and efficiently through the handling of the multi-axis robot and the fast throughput of the Gawis® measurement device.  Test results are compiled with data correlated by sample and consolidated in a single test report. The system offers a number of benefits including hands-free, walk-away operation, efficient management of samples, testing operations and documentation of results, and, most significantly, an improvement in testing throughput.  In addition to the Gawis measurement system, the automated laboratory system can be configured to incorporate Agr devices for top load, volume and pressure measurements, providing a complete laboratory automation solution to meet the challenges of over-worked testing labs and the ever increasing demand for testing to manage quality and support ongoing production.  

Agr staff members will be available to discuss these products and the rest of their complete line of process monitoring and quality control equipment for the plastic container industry.  As an industry leader for over 90years, Agr is committed to provide the plastic container industry with the most technologically advanced products available for quality control and productivity improvement.





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