PET Technologies (pet-eu.com) has launched the 4th generation of PET stretch blow molding machines APF-Max with output range 6,000–14,000 bph for bottles volume of 0.2–3.0l. The product range consists of three models: APF-Max 4, APF-Max 6, APF-Max 8 and its modifications.
APF-Max is totally different from the PET Technologies product range. Streamline form and corporate coloring, electric cabinet backside and communications connected via the top of the machine are only a few features.
The new series has 4-,6- and 8-cavity configurations that match APF- Max 4, APF-Max 6 and APF-Max 8 models. With the 7,000 bph modification and after certain period of operation increase the output up to 14,000 bph. You just need to install extra mold cavities and several ovens on the heater. All the mold cavities are separated, so you can easily install and remove one. Only 15 minutes are enough to change the blow mold and start to produce another PET bottle format. The customers say that only two hours are needed for APF-Max changeover for another preform neck standard. The neck diameter range applicable is from 18 mm to 48 mm.
Automatic blow molding machine APF-Max has six servo drives to guarantee stable PET bottle manufacturing and high output. They are embedded in the mold closing unit, preform stretching, heater, preform transfer to the blowing part and bottle outfeed system. Automatic temperature regulation and preblow are also controlled via PLC form B&R.
The APF-Max blow molder is equipped with the special short-wave near infrared heating system (NIR). It is not a common method for PET blow molding machines market, but has its evident benefits. Preform heating is more efficient and in the same time less kilowatts are consumed. The heater itself is significantly shorter. Thus, APF-Max output is higher and its dimensions are more compact.
Sopro Machinery is the exclusive distributor for PET Technologies products for the U.S. and Canada. Contact Paul Birkelbach at 630-391-2394 for more info.