LiquiForm® is a game-changing blow molding and filling manufacturing technology which uses consumable, pressurized liquid instead of compressed air to form plastic containers. The combinination of the bottle forming and filling processes into one step eliminates numerous manufacturing steps, which significantly reduces cost and waste. The result is a manufacturing process that is more environmentally efficient compared to traditional blow molding and filling operations and it offeres customers an efficient method to manufacture their products.
The LiquiForm Group is the solely licensor of over 120 patents of LiquiForm® technology. As a result of their research and development work more patents are adding to the Groups portfolio. LiquiForm Group is dedicated to support the development and licensing activities of LiquiForm®.
The LiquiForm® technology has been validated with a significant range of packaging substrates, products and conditions for cold, ambient, and hot-fill PET containers.
Made by Amcor, the first commercial container powered by LiquiForm® was on the shelf in 2017. In the future LiquiForm Group expects more equipment manufacturers and converters to join them to expand the reach of the technology.
A preform is placed in the mold and then the actual beverage or any other product which is to be bottled, is forced at high pressure into the preform, molding it into the bottle shape.
This results in a filled bottle, ready for capping and labeling.
Reduced energy use
A significant reduction in the energy required for bottling is achieved by eliminating the need for compressed air.
With standard blow molding the air compression cycle is only 35% to 40% efficient and consumes approximately 70% of the total amount of electricity used in the blow molding process.
Reduced waste, downtime and labor
The LiquiForm® process reduces waste, downtime and labor that is normally associated with operating and supporting two separate machines.
Lower capital cost and reduced factory footprint
Standard bottle making and filling operations are typically performed by two separate pieces of equipment.
The LiquiForm® process requires a footprint which compares to a traditional blow molder, dramatically reducing floor space requirements.
Optimised bottle lightweighting and definition
Better pressure control and material distribution is possible with liquid instead of air which allows for minimum wall thicknesses, reducing the weight of the bottle.
Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
The lightweight bottles that are possible with LiquiForm® also reduces the weight of filled bottles, which in turn reduces the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation.
Reduced risk of bottle damage or contamination
For supply chains using converter suppliers, the transportation of unfilled containers between converting suppliers and customers’ warehouses is eliminated.