Wheeling, Ill. — German extrusion blow mold maker fhw-moulds GmbH is changing the way containers pour.
The Bottrop, Germany-based blow mold tooling company has developed the AGD2.0, an anti-glug device that supports faster pouring — up to 50 percent faster.
"With anti-glug you can empty the container with half the time compared to a normal container," Andreas Lichtenauer, business development director, said at the Society of Plastics Engineers' Annual Blow Molding Conference, held Oct. 23-25 in Wheeling.
"Because with a normal container, air comes in and liquid comes out, but we have redefined the opening of the container to have a continuous flow," Lichtenauer said
The firm formerly was known as Friedrich H. Weischede Formenbau GmbH.
Lichtenauer added that the company has come up with alternate top options. With the one mold, customers can alter the volume area, the corners, neck variations, rear vents, the container's shoulder and the engravings on the container. In all, one mold can offer 2,880 different possibilities.
"It is so important when we are talking about highly efficient blow morning that you have a perfect design," Lichtenauer said. "You have to alter a lot of in the design points to make the article easy to produce and to save resources."
The company is also engraving QR codes into all the parts of the blow mold, so someone with a smartphone can easily look up the information about mold components.
This helps support the ordering process, he said.