Serac to Present New Bottle-Thermoforming Process at Interpack Show

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As part of a world exclusive, Serac will unveil French start-up Agami’s Roll N Blow thermoforming machine at interpack 2011 from May 12 to 18 in Dusseldorf, Germany, in Hall 13 at booths C63/D64

As part of a world exclusive, Serac will unveil French start-up Agami’s Roll N Blow thermoforming machine at interpack 2011 from May 12 to 18 in Dusseldorf, Germany, in Hall 13 at booths C63/D64. Serac is a shareholder in Agami and both companies are working in tight partnership. The machine is designed to produce bottles much more inexpensively than traditional methods, and that are much lighter. It uses innovative tubular thermoforming technology, with reels of plastic sheeting that are extruded flat at high speed. It can produce tall, round bottles with capacities of between 100 and 500 mL that are well-suited for producers of fresh dairy products - yogurt drinks in particular - as well as fruit juice manufacturers.

rolls.jpgThe process
The raw materials come as rolls of plastic sheeting. The sheeting is cut into strips. Each strip is shaped into a tube around a blow pipe. Each strip is then welded longitudinally. The resulting plastic tube is then heated and blown into a mold in order to create a bottle. Many types of plastic can be used for thermoforming (PS, PP, PLA, PET, etc.). There are also economic benefits in using multilayer materials, since the films are extruded flat.

Real cost savings
Producing very wide plastic films that are extruded flat at high speed is very economical. On the machine, the plastic is converted from sheet form straight into bottle form. This generates purchase savings of 30 to 50%.

Using reels of plastic sheeting as the base material reduces transport and storage costs, as well as the costs of handling the bottles or empty preforms before they are blown. Whereas previously 25 trucks were needed for supplying actual bottles or 5 trucks for supplying preforms, now only one is needed for supplying the reels of plastic sheeting.

In terms of the accessories required for production, consumption is reduced right across the board compared with traditional technologies: the blowing is carried out at low pressure (less than 6 bar) and at low temperature (under 150°C). There is no need for a high-pressure compressor and 2 to 3 times less electricity is needed than with traditional preform blowing.

The Roll N Blow thermoforming machine that will be on display at the show can produce up to 7,000 bottles/hour. Come and view this innovation at Serac’s booth at interpack 2011: Hall 13, C63/D64.

For more information, please contact:

SERAC
Dominique Ledru
Press Contact
Tel.: +33 2 43 60 27 83
E-mail: doledru@serac.fr
Web: www.serac-group.com
www.serac-group.com/interpack2011 (functional from March 31)


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