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Isotonic beverage pre-form runs 23% faster on new 128-cavity system

Husky Injection Molding Systems : 26 April, 2004  (New Product)
Plastipak, a leader in plastic packaging solutions, has seen dramatic cycle-time improvements with a challenging hot fill beverage application since switching to Husky
Plastipak, a leader in plastic packaging solutions, has seen dramatic cycle-time improvements with a challenging hot fill beverage application since switching to Husky’s new Index 600 pre-form system.

“Plastipak previously ran this application on a 96-cavity Husky G-PET system and found that the new 128-cavity Index 600 is the more cost-effective solution for isotonic pre-forms,” Mike Urquhart, Husky’s Vice President of PET, said.

The Index 600 started production at Plastipak’s Garland, Tex., location in January and produces a 38-gram, 20 oz. isotonic beverage pre-form at a 16-second cycle. With 30% more cavities than the previous system and the fastest cycles in the industry, the Index 600 delivers more than 28,500 pre-forms an hour.

“The Index provides a huge benefit for making pre-forms with heavy thread finishes like this 43 mm application,” Urquhart added. “On single-face systems, the cycle is limited by the thread cooling time. Index systems cool the pre-forms on the cores and in the neck rings for an extra cycle before de-moulding, resulting in higher quality threads and a much faster cycle.”

The Index 600 is part of Husky’s new line of Index and HyPET pre-form systems first introduced at NPE 2003. The new systems, available from 2 to 144 cavities, offer higher uptime, prolonged mould life, reduced energy use and Husky’s PC-based Polaris control system. Improved cooling technologies on the new systems also reduce cycle times and improve pre-form quality.
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