Krauss-Maffei Kunststofftechnik GmbH of Munich, Germany, and Mold & Hotrunner Technology AG of Hochheim am Main, Germany, have developed a 56-cavity mold for PET soft drink preforms.
KM upped the cavity count from 48 to 56, while still using the same space, by reducing the pitch and modifying the control system and preform-removal robot.
Krauss-Maffei installed the new Petform 56 with an unidentified customer in March.
The company's U.S. unit is based in Florence, Ky.
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