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AGR INTERNATIONAL - Drinktec Preview

Drinktec 2022 - Agr International: Achieving maximum blowmolder productivity while meeting rPET goals to be a focus

Agr is committed to helping the industry efficiently produce high-quality, light weight and sustainable plastic and glass packaging.  At drinktec 2022, Stand C5.121, Agr will display several new product developments as well as its portfolio of quality management and process control equipment for beverage containers.

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Processing PET bottles using virgin material is challenging on its own.  However, introducing the variability associated with rPET makes production even more difficult.  Agr’s Process Pilot blowmolder management system and Pilot Vision+ systems are relied on by bottle producers and brand owners around the world to overcome the many challenges associated with producing bottles with increased rPET content.

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.

The Gawis 4D is the latest and most advanced measurement system for beverage and other types of bottles.  This all-in-one laboratory measurement system, streamlines laboratory measurement operations by performing a multitude of critical dimensional and thickness measurements in one simple operation with unmatched accuracy, repeatability and operational throughput.  Mated with a robotic handling system, the Gawis 4D can measure up to 128 bottles or preforms in one hands-free operation.  The Gawis 4D features Agr’s patent pending AutoJob™ that provides the ability to create complicated job setups in a matter of seconds.

Agr measurement and PET bottle 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 beverage 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 for over 95 years, Agr is committed to provide the beverage container industry with the most technologically advanced products available for quality control and productivity improvement.

Agr at drinktec: hall C5, 121

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