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Newsgrafik #35517
 08.11.2019

For more efficient processes: KHS develops a digital control system for PET bottle production  (Company news)

-Unit Mold Control available for the KHS InnoPET Blomax series
-Automatic control and adaptation of individual stretch blow mold stations
-Improved bottle quality and stability with a high recyclate content

Photo: Unit Mold Control is available as an option for KHS InnoPET Blomax Series IV and V stretch blow molders and has already successfully proved itself on the market several times over.

Even on the most advanced machine there can be discrepancies in the distribution of PET bottle material in the stretch blow molding process. This has an impact on the bottle quality and production efficiency. In order to optimize these parameters KHS recently developed Unit Mold Control in cooperation with US company Agr International inc. (Agr). This digital, automated process control system, connected with the KHS controller, now individually regulates the respective blow stations in KHS’ InnoPET Blomax series, thus minimizing any fluctuations in quality during stretch blow molding. This results in improved bottle stability coupled with lower preform weights. This had proved something of a challenge to date, especially where containers with a high recycled PET content are used.

On a stretch blow molder the amount of wear on the individual blow valves used can vary. This means that the bottles blown with the same also change throughout the service life of the stretch blow molder depending on the station used. In the production process this can cause discrepancies in the distribution of material and thus to differing thicknesses of bottle wall. To date parameters could only be adjusted for the entire machine and not for each individual station. With the new digital Unit Mold Control system manufacturers optimize their blow molding process by making individual settings for each station. “This enables material distribution to be more precisely controlled per station, thus minimizing variations in the wall thickness from mold to mold by more than 30%,” explains Frank Haesendonckx, head of Technology at KHS Corpoplast.

Unit Mold Control adjusts settings fully automatically
To this end, Unit Mold Control inspection technology constantly measures the material distribution in each bottle and adjusts the settings for optimization fully automatically. “With this system deviations in the individual mold stations are identified. By applying an algorithm the degree of variability is reduced without operator intervention and possible incorrect settings are avoided,” states Haesendonckx. Furthermore, the data captured from the individual mold stations provides valuable information for the condition-based maintenance of valves, stretching systems or mold shells, for instance.

Unit Mold Control yields further benefits with regard to the growing percentage of recyclate used in PET bottles in particular. “Process accuracy reaches its limits with containers such as these,” Haesendonckx says. “As the material quality varies when recycled PET is used, the bottle becomes less and less stable the less the preform weighs or manufacturers have to use heavier preforms to ensure stability.” With the new system weights can be reduced while retaining bottle stability, claims Haesendonckx. “Unit Mold Control effectively compensates for discrepancies by identifying any unwanted material displacement during wall thickness inspection and automatically counteracting this.”

Partner Agr is also convinced by the joint new development. “Our commitment to the global beverage market is to provide innovative process control solutions for the factory floor,” says Robert Cowden, COO of AGR. “In doing so we’re helping to constantly optimize processes and improve production line efficiency and productivity by reducing unplanned downtime, labor content per produced container and energy costs.”

Unit Mold Control is available as an option for KHS InnoPET Blomax Series IV and V stretch blow molders and has already successfully proved itself on the market several times over. Furthermore, the new system – whose industrial property rights are held by KHS and Agr – can also be retrofitted into existing plant machinery.
(KHS Corpoplast GmbH)

Newsgrafik #33045
 20.09.2017

European customers to benefit from American Glass Research's new Testing Laboratory in ...  (Company news)

...Delft, Netherlands

Agr International has announced plans to establish a new testing laboratory in Delft, Netherlands. This lab will be part of Agr’s American Glass Research division. The laboratory is slated to open and be fully operational in October, 2017.

The creation of this facility is part of Agr International’s global expansion and commitment to its customers, and particularly intended to provide European glass manufacturers and fillers with better access to American Glass Research services. The new location will offer flexibility and reduced turnaround times on projects, lower shipping cost with relation to samples and the availability of American Glass Research expertise within the local time zones.

The new lab will provide many of the same services currently offered by American Glass Research in their Butler, PA, USA facility that are geared toward solving breakage issues, evaluating container designs and improving both the manufacturing and filling processes. Some of the services to be available initially at the Delft site include:
-Performance testing of glass packaging
-Proof-of-design testing
-Fracture diagnosis
-Dimensional evaluation
-Analysis of label, decoration and closure issues
-Evaluation of coating performance and analysis of coating issues
-Audit of glass plant operations
-Filling line audits
-Glass technical consultancy

In addition to providing European glass manufacturers and fillers with a range of testing and evaluation services, the new office will also offer a complete schedule of training seminars taught by the American Glass Research staff.

The new Delft facility will encompass 5500 square feet of laboratory and office space. Nearly 70% of the facility will be dedicated to the fracture analysis, measurement and testing laboratory. The lab will house new, modern testing equipment, microscopes and measurement equipment.

The Delft testing laboratory will be headed by Peter de Haan, AGR Senior Scientist, and a Dutch national, who is returning to the Netherlands following several years at the American Glass Research Butler, PA, USA facility. De Haan and his team of technicians have well over 40 years of experience in the glass industry, and they will have full access to American Glass Research resources worldwide.
(AGR International Inc.)

Newsgrafik #32940
 12.09.2017

At Pack Expo 2017, Agr will feature its 3-step approach to simplified blowmolder managment ...  (Company news)

...for PET bottles

At the 2017 Pack Expo show, Agr International, Inc. will be in booth 6727 featuring its Process Pilot blowmolder management system for managing the production and quality of PET beverage containers as well as its latest developments for shelf-life control and container testing.

Innovative blowmolder management
The Process Pilot® automated blowmolder management system was designed to simplify the production of PET bottles is ideal for PET bottle converters and beverage producers that self-manufacture PET bottles yet have limited manpower to oversee blowmolder operations on a continuous basis. The Process Pilot product group offers precise material thickness distribution management on PET bottles, while offering hands-off blowmolder control. With the trend towards ever lighter bottles, the Process Pilot system offers producers the ability to aggressively light weight bottles to the absolute minimum while providing the confidence that material is distributed, with the proper thickness in all critical areas, on every bottle produced.

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 product 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.

Agr International offers a number of products designed to assist container producers, converters and fillers stay competitive while meeting the increased quality demands of today’s changing world. Agr staff will be on hand at Pack Expo 2017, Booth 6727, to discuss their latest developments in the line of blowmolder management products as well as the complete line quality management products that include pressure testing, shelf-life, thickness measurement and dimensional gauging systems for plastic and glass containers.
(AGR International Inc.)

Newsgrafik #32927
 23.08.2017

Agr International Inc. to feature the latest container quality management products at drinktec 2017  (drinktec 2017)

At the 2017 drinktec show, Agr International, Inc. will be exhibiting an array of products for managing the production and quality of beverage containers. Featured at this year’s show will be Agr’s latest developments for advanced blowmolder management, shelf-life control, and pressurized container testing.

Photo: The Agr PPT3000 offers a versatile solution for measuring volume expansion and pressure performance of containers manufactured from PET

Blowmolder management
The Process Pilot® with CrystalView® automated blowmolder management system is ideal for beverage producers that self-manufacture PET bottles. The Process Pilot product group offers precise material thickness distribution management on PET bottles, while offering hands-off blowmolder control. With the trend towards ever lighter bottles, the Process Pilot system offers producers the ability to aggressively light weight bottles to the absolute minimum while providing the confidence that material is distributed appropriately, with proper thickness in all critical areas, on every bottle produced. Not only does this product 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, 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.

Shelf-life
Shelf-life management is an important but tedious measurement. Agr will feature several products that provide immediate determination of the permeability and shelf-life performance of newly produced PET bottles. These products make it possible to effectively manage (in real-time) a bottle’s shelf-life performance for oxygen ingress, CO2 or water loss.

Pressure and volume
Whether your final product is packaged in a PET bottle, PET keg, aluminum bottle or glass bottle, accurate volume and proper pressure performance is paramount to the efficacy of the finished beverage container. Agr offers several testing products designed to aid bottle makers and beverage producers manage pressure and volume. The Agr PPT3000 offers a versatile solution for measuring volume expansion and pressure performance of containers manufactured from PET. Unlike other pressure testers, The PPT3000 actually simulates the rapid rise pressure profile that a container experiences during the filling cycle, providing valuable data that can be used to prevent filling line downtime due to premature pressure breaks. The SPT2, Agr’s latest addition to its product group, is an automated glass bottle testing system that performs precision volume measurement as well as pressure testing up to 1000 psi. Configurations are available for automated laboratory applications or along the production line as part of an automated sampling station.

Visit Agr in Hall A4, stand 336.
(AGR International Inc.)

27.06.2013

Agr to demonstrate latest equipment at drinktec  (Company news)

Agr International, Inc. will exhibit a wide range of products designed for the measurement and quality management of beverage containers at the 2013 drinktec show. Of particular interest at this year’s show will be two key featured products:

The Process Pilot® automated blowmolder management system is a unique product that interfaces with the blowmolder to provide precise material thickness distribution management on PET bottles while offering hands-off blowmolder control. With the trend towards ever lighter bottles, the Process Pilot system offers bottle producers the ability to aggressively light weight bottles to the absolute minimum while providing the confidence that material is distributed appropriately, with proper thickness in all critical areas, on every bottle produced. The Process Pilot system operates very similar to the auto-Pilot in an aircraft. Once set to the defined recipe, it continually adjusts the blowmolder to maintain precise thickness distribution as the process changes throughout the day due to environmental and preform variations. The Process Pilot system makes it possible to produce consistent high-quality bottles on a 24/7 basis. Some of the benefits this product offers in addition to improved light weighting capabilities include: elimination of the need for section weights, reduced scrap, improved overall bottle performance and quality, and lower incidences of downtime in the blowing operation and the filling line. The Process Pilot system is particularly suited for blow-fill operations where bottle quality is critical and downtime is costly.

The Dimensional Sampling Gauge is a vision-based dimensional measuring system specifically designed for the precision measurement of glass, plastic or aluminum bottles. The Dimensional Sampling Gauge provides repeatable and comprehensive measurement of critical bottle dimensions including weight, push up and ID, and is compatible with a wide range of container shapes and sizes. The DSG system can work unattended to perform a number of critical measurements, offering a cost-effective alternative to the tedious hand measurement of bottles. Configurations are available for automated laboratory applications or along the production line as part of an automated sampling station.
(AGR International Inc.)

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