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ASB to demonstrate world’s first ‘triple-row, one-step’ ISBM machine at Drinktec

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PHOTO: Fascinating presentation by ASB – The ASB-150DPX machine will be conducting daily moulding demonstrations of a 100ml, 5.3-gram yoghurt drink container.  This lightweight container requires a very short preform that would be impossible to handle and re-heat in a two-step system, so the one-step moulding process, where the container is formed directly from resin within one machine and held securely by its neck throughout, is the only practical choice.  The smaller the container is, generally the more advantageous it is for production using a one-step machine. With its triple row moulding layout allowing 36 blow cavities, and at a cycle time of 6.4 seconds, the machine run at a rate in excess of 20,000 bph.  Even if a container design such as this could be moulded by re-heat blow moulding, the required floor area for a similar capacity two-step production unit would typically be three or four times greater

 

NISSEI ASB Machine Co, a world leading manufacture of machines for injection stretch blow moulding of PET and other plastics, will exhibit at the Drinktec in Munich from 11-15 September. Live moulding will be demonstrated on ASB’s 215m² booth together with a display of some of the most interesting recent updates in ISBM technology.

Held every every four years in Munich, Drinktec provides the role of ‘world economic summit’ for the beverage and liquid-food industry.  As such, in its role as a world leader in one-step moulding technology. Nissei ASB takes great interest in not only monitoring but also in contributing to the industry trends on show at the exhibition.

In 2013, the exhibition saw a 14% growth in attendance over the 2009 event with 66,880 visitors from 183 countries visiting to view exhibits from 1433 companies representing 76 countries.

Nissei ASB will be debuting its ASB-150DPX model with daily live moulding demonstration of a complete moulding system. The newly developed system expands the company’s flagship ASB-150 based models to three variants, with its

  • ASB-150DP single row moulding up to 16 cavities, for very large bottles and jars;
  • ASB-50DPW double-row moulding of medium-sized bottles and jars up to 32 cavities; and
  • ASB-150DPX triple-row moulding of small bottles in 36 or 48 cavities

All models are built on a common architecture so factory layout, key functions, spare parts, maintenance and operator training are common to all.  However, the newly added DPX model has specific design features to maximize efficiency in small container moulding, including the fact that the injection clamping stroke is optimized for short-cycle small containers.

Besides that, upgraded hydraulic components provide faster cycle of injection clamping while maintaining smooth machine movement. Servo hydraulic pumps offer up to 30% reduction in energy consumption and the blow air circuit is optimized for small container production, offering up to 50% reduced air consumption over standard systems.

Although these features were introduced for the ASB-150DPX, the upgraded hydraulics, servo pumps and blow circuit developments are planned to be available in future updates of its ‘stable mates,’ ensuring that the entire model range maintains its lead over the competition.

This introduction of triple-row one-step ISBM production is another in a long line of global firsts that Nissei ASB has achieved throughout nearly 40 years at the forefront of the PET container industry, with several areas of the machine design having patents pending or already approved.

At Drinktec, the ASB-150DPX will be conducting daily moulding demonstrations of a 100ml, 5.3-gram yoghurt drink container.  This lightweight container design requires a very short preform that would be impossible to handle and re-heat in a two-step system so the one-step moulding process, where the container is formed directly from resin within one machine and held securely by its neck throughout, is the only practical choice.  The smaller the container is, generally the more advantageous it is for production using a large one-step machine with high. With its triple row moulding layout allowing 36 blow cavities, and at a cycle time of 6.4 seconds, the ASB-150DPX will achieve a production rate in excess of 20,000 bph.  Even if a container design such as this could be moulded by re-heat blow moulding, the required floor area for a similar capacity two-step production unit is typically 3-4 times greater, so this one-step solution provides not only technical superiority and enhanced quality, but manages to achieve it in a significantly reduced production space.