New IBM model designed to produce small PET containers

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Jomar Corp. manufacturer of injection blow moulding (IBM) machinery for the pharmaceutical, healthcare, and household products industries will launch the TechnoDrive 65 PET machine at the K show. The newly designed IBM machine is specifically designed to run PET resins but can easily switch back to other materials for injection blow moulding such as polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE). The TechnoDrive 65 PET machine is a high-speed IBM production machine first unveiled in 2017. It has a dry cycle time of only 1.7 s. At K it will run 50 ml perfume bottles in clear PET on a six-cavity mould.

Using the original TechnoDrive platform as the base, Jomar engineers expanded its capabilities by adding a more robust plastifier motor, high-pressure valves, as well as built-in nozzle heaters to aid in the processing of PET. Some IBM machines require a fourth station to process PET. This “extra” station is used to condition the core rods and ensure the correct temperature before enveloping the rod in PET. The Jomar TechnoDrive 65 PET accomplishes this task in the ejection station, thereby merging the third and fourth stations. This gives Jomar the ability to manipulate the core rod temperature and create the optimal processing conditions within a super-fast cycle time.

The TechnoDrive 65 PET can mould a variety of shapes and sizes in PET. The average wall thickness for a TechnoDrive 65 PET bottle in PET is about 1 mm, so it is more suitable to mould jars, vials, and bottles for the pharmaceutical or cosmetic industries rather than the beverage industry.

All PET projects for the TechnoDrive 65 PET would be accepted as a turnkey project where Jomar would build both the machine and mould. This allows Jomar to tailor the equipment to provide the widest processing window and ensure the project’s overall success. At the K show, Jomar will continue to demonstrate its ability to work with different materials in projects that are considered unusual for IBM. Such was the case at NPE 2018 when the company moulded polycarbonate lamp covers for LED bulbs.

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