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Agr International has launched a new series of lab profiler gauges to offer a non-destructive method to identify the presence and thickness of PET and barrier materials in multi-layer containers.

PlasticsToday Staff

January 30, 2012

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Agr launches new series of profiler gauges for PET container industry

Agr International has launched a new series of lab profiler gauges to offer a non-destructive method to identify the presence and thickness of PET and barrier materials in multi-layer containers.

AgrPG9810-Multi-LayerC9.jpgDesigned for use on the plant floor, or in the laboratory, these "T" series laboratory profiler gauges can help save time and reduce waste by serving as an alternative to the practice of section weight cutting for monitoring material distribution during the production of PET bottles, according to Agr.

"Unlike methods that involve bottle cutting, the profiler gauges are safe, fast and economical to operate. Measurements are performed in a less than 10 seconds without destroying the bottle and creating the associated waste or environmental implications," the company stated in a news release.

The profiler gauges uses infrared measurement technology to scan the sidewall of the bottle, producing a visual representation of wall thickness, material distribution and bottle height.

Graphs representing current measurements are superimposed over a graph of a baseline bottle, making it simple for an operator to compare ongoing production samples and instantly identify shifts in distribution, according to a news release. Information can then be captured and saved to a database for future reference or exported for use in plant-wide process management systems.

The "T" series laboratory profiler gauges are available in two versions:

  • PG9800T - for mono-layer containers, this device provides operators with the ability to perform vertical scans in up to eight sectors around the container and horizontal scans at multiple height locations.

  • PG9810T -- for multi-layer bottles and preforms, offers the same capabilities as the PG9800 but also provides the ability to identify the presence and/or the thickness of barrier materials on multi-layer containers.

These profiler gauges are part of a line of process monitoring and measurement products Agr produces to the PET container industry.  These gauges use the same measurement technology as Agr's PETWall profiler in-the-blowmolder material distribution management system that is used in plants world-wide as a tool for light weighting efforts and as a basis for automated blowmolder process and quality management.

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