Nissei ASB Machine Co. of Nagano will use K 2004 to show off blow molders to make easy-grip PET bottles, and to show off its global scope by showing machines it builds in India and China.
The company will show six blow molding machines at K in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Nissei ASB will demonstrate what it calls a ``new grip bottle'' on a one-step machine called the ASB-70DPH. The flexible machine can mold everything from a small bottle with a narrow neck to a wide-mouth jar, according to Nissei.
The PET grip bottle is designed with a deep handle that is easy to grasp, but the handle does not go all the way through the bottle.
Nissei ASB said this type of bottle already exists, but because of constraints in PET processing, it was not possible to get a very deep grip that could be held comfortably in the hand.
The Nissei ASB technology has made it possible to mold the shape about one-eighth of an inch deeper than a conventional grip. The company claims the user can hold it as securely as if the bottle had a clip-on handle - stressing that the added handle increases costs for equipment and labor, and can make a bottle less recyclable.
Also at K, Nissei ASB will:
* Show one of its ASB-50BM machines, manufactured at its plant near Mumbai, India. The press will mold hotel-style PET shampoo bottles on a six-cavity mold - each with a different shape.
* Mold a mineral-water bottle on a two-step reheat stretch blow molder, NB40SC, made at its factory in Shanghai, China
* Will show the PF series of one-step injection-stretch blow molders, dubbed the ``1.5 step'' machine or the ``cool parison'' method. The company will mold a flat oval container for liquid soap.
Nissei ASB also said it will showcase heat-resistant bottles, popular in China, Taiwan and Japan.
The company's U.S. operation, Nissei ASB Co., is in Atlanta.