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Agr to focus on expertise and proven technology at NPE 2024

2:14 min NPEQuality control, service
Agr International, Inc. Butler, PA, United States

Laboratory automation, precision bottle measurement and innovations in automated blowmolder control to be a focus for Agr International at NPE 2024.


Agr will display several new product developments as well as an array of quality management and process control equipment for plastic containers at NPE 2024.

Featured the Gawis 4D®, Agr’s all-in-one automated laboratory measurement system, which streamlines laboratory measurement operations by performing a multitude of critical dimensional and thickness measurements in one simple operation. The Gawis 4D features Agr’s patented AutoJob® that provides the ability to create complicated job setups in a matter of seconds. When paired with the robotic handling system, up to 128 bottles or preforms can be measured, hands-free, with unmatched accuracy, repeatability, and operational throughput.

Process Pilot®+ – reflects the latest advancements in automated blowmolder control for PET bottles and will be the focal point of Agr’s display. Built upon Agr’s iconic Process Pilot automated blowmolder management system, the Process Pilot+ incorporates a patented technology that significantly improves blowmolder efficiency and profitability by enabling operators to optimize the blowmolder based on performance, energy efficiency or operating costs. The Process Pilot system works in conjunction with the blowmolder to continuously measure material distribution on every bottle, and proactively manage the blowmolder to maintain optimal material distribution. With its ability to manage the blowmolder to maintain quality and performance attributes in spite of environmental, blowmolder and, especially, material variations due to rPET that occur during the production process, the Process Pilot+ system is an essential tool for PET bottle manufacturers that are committed to incorporating rPET into their product mix.

Pilot Vision+™ – Agr’s latest and most powerful in-the-blowmolder vision system. This system is uniquely positioned for the quality management of bottles with high percentages of rPET. Designed to work in conjunction with today’s high-speed reheat stretch blowmolding equipment, the Pilot Vision+ system offers a modular approach to defect detection that works within the blowmolder. The open architecture of this system allows for simultaneous management of up to six cameras, in multiple locations. As part of Agr’s Process Pilot family of products, Pilot Vision+ can be combined with Process Pilot+ for a total bottle management solution, providing the ability to detect random occurring defects as well as manage the process to maintain precise material distribution, even with the lightest and/or most difficult-to-process bottle design.

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In addition, Agr will have the newly released ThicknessPen™ handheld thickness measurement device available to try out on a variety of samples and materials. The ThicknessPen offers an innovative approach to portable thickness measurement with its patent pending dual mode design. Developed to address the multiple and diverse thickness measurement applications of the production environment, the ThicknessPen can be used anywhere, from the laboratory, the plant floor or even in a wet environment at a job site in the field. Used with or without a target ball, the ThicknessPen provides a unique advantage and offers versatility not found in any product in this marketplace while still providing the precision necessary for the laboratory and the portability, ruggedness and safety for use on the production floor.

Agr measurement and processing experts will be available to discuss these products as well as the complete line of process monitoring and quality control equipment available from Agr for the plastic industry.

Agr products are designed to assist container producers, converters and fillers stay competitive while meeting the increased quality demands of today’s changing world.  As an industry leader, Agr is committed to providing the plastic container industry with the most technologically advanced products available for quality control and productivity improvement.

Agr at NPE: booth 12048 in the South Hall 

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