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World’s fastest bottle format change by FlexBlow at NPE 2018

| Bottle developments | UAB "Terekas" | Kretinga | Lithuania

In the highly saturated market of PET SBM machines you need to possess a competitive advantage against other manufacturers to gain customers’ attention and trust. Having worked in the industry since 1994 FlexBlow team discovered that with increasing variety of PET containers the bottle production batches were shrinking and the need for niche PET containers was increasing. Although started with simpler blowers in 1996, FlexBlow built their first fully electric machine in 2007. It was aimed for higher flexibility when it comes to bottle format change and the possibility to produce a range of different containers on one machine.

FlexBlow claims that the latest 2018 two cavity FlexBlow2 model is by far the most universal 2-stage PET SBM machine on the market. It enables the production of wide range of PET containers possible on 1 piece of equipment with necks ranging from 18 mm up to 110 mm and bottle volumes from 50 ml up to 6000 ml. Changing the bottle format including moulds, neck and gripper parts, and fine-tune the machine afterwards takes no longer than 30 minutes, according to FlexBlow Marketing Manager G. Sirvinskas.

There is a number of new developments that FlexBlow has added to their new machine in 2018 to stretch the ease of use and flexibility even further. To begin with, their dedicated Siemens control panel now has several new functions to make the experience of operating the machine intuitive. There is an integrated operator’s manual that guides the user along every step of operation to make it repeatable and minimize the impact of human factor. There is also an integrated catalogue to achieving top PET bottle quality with pictured troubleshooting guide, not to mention the machine production and efficiency statistics for performance tracking.

The challenge of automatically loading a range preforms with significant differences in neck diameter from narrow neck to wide mouth has been tackled by the use of dual preform loading system. When it comes to minimizing the support ring, FlexBlow uses the precision adjustable feeding slides that allow loading preforms with support ring starting from 0.8 mm – suitable for cosmetic application containers. Inversed preforms with body wider than support ring is also compatible with FlexBlow universal feeding system due to innovative gate-like structure that opens slightly at the end of preform slide to allow the thicker preform body to come out.

FlexBlow will be exhibiting at NPE 2018 in Orlando, FL on May 7-11. The company plans to bring equipment for wide-mouth jar production, SBM machine for cosmetic bottles and a PET blower for large size bottles – all in one machine. Live changeover shows will take place daily to demonstrate the process of switching between wide mouth jar and cosmetic bottle production. You can view the demonstrations at FlexBlow stand S10196.


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