Side SA, the Spanish maker of linear stretch reheat blow molding machines, has developed a way of molding an integrated handle on a PET bottle — the T-Handle bottle.
The T-Handle works in just one step, said Scott Thompson, general manager of Stretch Blow systems LLC in Fort Myers, Fla., its U.S. agent. The system preblows the handle at the same stage.
“We do not need to blow first, reheat the bottle and shape the handle after that,” he said.
Side's T-Handle reduces production costs, cuts cycle time and reduces power consumption because the machine reheats the preform in a standard process.
Thompson said there are five of the machines molding bottles in Europe, South America and Africa.
The T-Handle bottle can be blow molded on the following Side machines: the Maxi-blow (one cavity machine) up to 900 bottles per hour, the 2002e-G (two cavity press) up to 1,800 bottles per hour, and the three-cavity 20033-G at a rate up to 2,700 bottles per hour.
Side is based in Barcelona, Spain.
Tel. 732-567-2519, email [email protected].