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AUG 2018

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Complete Blown Film THE X -DIE & High Performance V -RING ALPINE AMERICAN T H E B L O W N F I L M E X P E R T S www.halpine.com T: (508) 655-1123 F: (508) 655-9337 As reported previously, W. Amsler Equipment Inc. (amslerequipment.net) introduced its L42X linear two-stage (reheat) machine at the show. It also showed 12-oz, long-neck craft-beer bottles produced for visitors to the NPE Bottle Zone. These mono- layer, amber-colored PET bottles contained a barrier additive and were capped by a standard metal crown closure. Another interesting bottle displayed by Amsler was a 1.5 L screw-top wine bottle for the Magnotta winery of Toronto (photo on p. 8). Like the beer bottles, they use a barrier additive, and also a colorant from Repi S.p.A. to eliminate the resin's blue tint. Kiefel's Mould & Matic subsidiary (mouldandmatic.com) showed off one of its Blowliner one-stage ISBM machines based on an Engel injec- tion unit and a linear stretch- blowing system with integrated take-out robot. The Blowliner M (medium-size) machine at the show has been sent to Kiefel's U.S. office in Portsmouth, N.H., for customer trials and demonstrations. OTHER BLOW MOLDING NEWS Our pre-show reporting include new machinery from Uniloy Milacron (milacron. com), Rocheleau, Hesta, Graham Engineering, PET Technologies of Austria, and S.T. Blowmoulding of Italy. In addition, we reported in last month's NPE Close-Up that Jomar Corp. (jomarcorp.com) may have changed some perceptions of what the injection-blow process can achieve with production of polycarbonate LED light bulbs with very low-visibility gate marks and parting lines. This demonstration of the company's new-generation servo-hydraulic IntelliDrive 85S machine also showed off its Industry 4.0 capabilities in the form of remote process monitoring on an easy-to- read "dashboard" of variables such as accu- mulator pressure, preform and blowing clamp positions, servomotor rpm, screw rpm, zone temperatures, and power consumption. Future enhancements reportedly will include remote preventive-maintenance monitoring of factors such as screw hydraulic pressure to detect hydraulic leaks. In keeping with the Industry 4.0 theme, Kautex (kautex-group.com) presented Kautex Remote Service, allowing remote diagnostics and troubleshooting by Kautex technicians, saving the time and expense of an on-site visit. Two other exhibitors of shuttle blow molding equipment, Bekum America (bekumamerica.com) and Hesta of Germany (hesta.de), represented here by Jackson Machinery (jacksonmachinery.com), both talked about a market shift from PETG copolyester (recycling Quicker mold and material changes accommodate shorter runs. @plastechmag 43 Plastics Technology Primar y Processing

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