A Lightweight option has been added to Agr’s Process Pilot blow-moulder management system to help producers get closer to meeting sustainability goals.
According to Agr, the Process Pilot system, with the Lightweight option, provides assurance that the limited material available for producing a lightweight PET bottle is distributed exactly where it needs to be, and at the appropriate thickness, to ensure proper performance.
Most avenues to sustainability are not under the direct control of the bottle manufacturer or brand owner, but the reduction and optimisation of the amount of resin used to make the bottles certainly is. Resin (or weight) reduction per bottle does not need to be excessive to have an impact with regards to sustainability and financial benefits, particularly when factoring in the quantity of bottles produced over a given period of time.
The Process Pilot system, with Agr Pilot Profiler measurement technology installed inside the blow-moulder, provides a means for manufacturers to measure material distribution on every bottle (to 0.05mm), in real time, and proactively adjust the blow-moulder to maintain proper distribution, countering the effect of process variation. The new Lightweight option extends the measurement range to 0.025mm, with an accuracy of +0.01mm for PET bottle sidewall material. This added functionality is said to deliver greater distribution control on bottles with very thin sidewalls, or at specific locations on other types of bottle where precise material management is critical to meet performance and quality requirements.