W. Amsler Unveils Convertible PET Reheat Machine For Higher-Output Production Requirements

ANAHEIM, Calif., February 18, 2010 – W. Amsler Equipment Inc., a leading Canadian manufacturer of all-electric, reheat stretch-blow molding machines based in Richmond Hill, Ont., has introduced the L515 convertible reheat stretch-blow molding machine. The five-cavity all-electric unit meets the high-output needs of custom blow molders of PET containers and is the industry’s first five-cavity PET reheat machine built in Canada. The company made the introduction at the WestPack 2010 exhibition Feb. 9-11 in Anaheim, Calif.

For custom blow molders, the new five-cavity machine reduces tooling costs and eliminates the need for two blow molding machines to serve intermediate, medium-volume markets, according to president Werner Amsler. The fully-automatic machine makes 1.5-L containers at a rate of 7000/hr. It can also be used to run one-cavity and two-cavity molds for production of 2-L to 4-L containers. Neck sizes range up to 43 mm.

The L515 convertible is hydraulic-free and features servo-driven electric stretch rods rather than pneumatic types. The machine also has a 50-ton servo-driven mold clamping system and a servo preform indexing system. The new model offers unique advantages compared to hydraulics. It delivers high output per cavity, energy savings of 50%, greater precision, smaller footprint, faster speed, reduced maintenance, and quicker mold changeovers, according to Amsler. An air-recovery system and hot-fill capability is also available.

The first commercial unit is expected to be built by June. It will be located at Amsler’s testing lab in Richmond Hill and will be available for demonstration and customer trials.

About W. Amsler Equipment Inc.

W. Amsler Equipment Inc. is a privately-held Canadian company founded in 1994 by Werner Amsler. The company manufactures state-of-the-art, highly-efficient reheat stretch-blow molding machines and auxiliary equipment for manufacturers of plastic containers for the carbonated soft drink, water, and food industries. The product line includes linear machines with output up to10,000 bottles/hr and rotary equipment for up to 24,000 bottles/hr. The company was one of the first to develop all-electric machines which provide users with highly-repeatable processing, energy savings up to 50% vs. hydraulics, and a 75% reduction in maintenance costs.

W. Amsler also supplies auxiliary equipment for complete blow bolding plants, water treatment, and filling lines. These products include bottle-inspection units, air compressors, process chillers, mold temperature-control units, blow-dome spin-off trimmers, gaylord dumpers, vacuum conveyors, and blow molds. The company has also partnered with companies to provide turnkey liquid filling equipment. More details are available at www.amslerequipment.net