The world's first triple-row, one-step injection stretch blow molding machine will produce more than 20,000 miniature liquor bottles an hour in 48 cavities that cycle every 8.6 seconds at NPE2018.
Developed by Nissei ASB Machine Co. Ltd., the ASB-150DPX, shown at Booth S19045, has an "unprecedented" 48 cavities mounted in a triple row layout for molding small bottles, the company said.
The machine will be one of five producing bottles, jars and flasks at Nissei ASB's booth, which at nearly 8,000 square feet will represent the Nagano, Japan-based company's largest presence at the exhibition.
The ASB-150DPX will make 50-milliliter bottles that are 10.5 grams in a process that the company says starts with a "very small" preform that would be impossible to handle and reheat in a two-step system. With one-step molding, the container is formed and held by its neck through the process, which Nissei ASB says reduces scuffing and provides superb visual quality.
The machine, which also triple molds in 24 and 36 cavities, made its debut at Drinktec in Munich last fall. NPE will be the first time it is shown in North America.
Nissei ASB says it is seeing strong interest for the model from the dairy industry for flavored milk and yogurt-based drinks. For these products, the containers are typically molded in 36 cavities.
The 24-cavity configuration can mold round or oval containers up to 300 ml with a 38 mm neck, which suits it for single-serving juice or water bottles, Nissei ASB says.