Belvac Production Machinery Inc. has introduced a reduced-height design for its DT series of bottle-dome-trimming machines, as the company redesigns an industry standard, the double-ring dome.
Belvac said the innovation will help customers increase line speeds, improve quality and reduce material costs. The plastic bottle industry needs to reduce bottle weight, especially on wide-mouth PET containers, the company said.
The patent-pending “lite dome” design can reduce dome scrap by as much as 30 percent, according to Belvac.
The company in Lynchburg, Va., initially is targeting the wide-mouth PET sector, but the new dome also can be adapted to bottles made from polyolefin resins. It applies to the full range of DT dome trimmers, including those with speeds of up to 24,000 bottles per hour.
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