Wide-neck containers for mayonnaise by Gateway plastics
Highest-performance rotary machine for wideneck PET bottles from KHS
Gateway Plastics revolutionizes production, thanks to KHS development
While the blow molded PET bottle is very much part and parcel of the beveragesector today, for some time it has also been growing in significance in the foodindustry, too. The challenge here is that food is usually packaged in wide-neckcontainers which have to be manufactured on special equipment provided by thesystems supplier. For converter Gateway Plastics, Inc., from Wisconsin (USA) KHShas now made it possible to process preform necks of up to 70 mm in diameter onits rotary Blomax 10 SW. This is the first machine of its kind.
Wide-neck PET containers are suitable for packagingmayonnaise and peanut butter, tomato sauce or gratedParmesan cheese. On the one hand they have all the classicadvantages of PET, such as non-breakability and a lowweight, yet they are also slightly more expensive to producethan normal PET beverage bottles due to their larger andheavier neck. It is thus all the more important to reduce thesecosts. Converter Gateway Plastics, Inc., from Mequon in thesoutheast of the US state of Wisconsin has now taken a largestep towards doing so. The company was founded in 1970 andsoon specialized in the plastic injection molding of customizedplastic packaging. As a converter Gateway Plastics designsand produces packaging at facilities covering over 26,000m2, also managing the logistics to the bottler. Its products arecurrently used in the food, pet food, dietary supplement andchemicals sectors. The company also makes its own preformsfor the stretch blow molded PET bottles.When looking for ways to improve its operations, GatewayPlastics also contacted KHS to talk about using the stretchblow molders established in the beverage industry in theproduction of wide-neck containers. Until just recentlytwo linear machines from a KHS competitor stood in theproduction shops; they are now no longer there. Kyle Kopp,engineering manager at Gateway Plastics, explains to KHS:“The machine we needed simply didn’t exist. KHS rose to thechallenge, however, and supplied us with a quality machine.”In August 2016 the first rotary stretch blow molding machinefor wide-neck PET bottles was installed at the factory and hasbeen running without unplanned stops ever since. Its capacityof up to 15,000 containers per hour is one of the highestoutputs for this type of machine worldwide. The manufactureof the machine itself proved something of a challenge for thesystems manufacturer from Dortmund, Germany, however.