New capability for smaller quantity, injection-molded PET preforms to support filling line, shipping and other validation and market tests has been announced by Plastic Technologies Inc. (Holland, OH). PTI’s new operations for prototyping and sampling of preforms reduces cost and lead time and improves speed-to-market for customers.
“As an independent development resource, PTI works with both brand owners and converters to support launch efforts,” says Chris White, supervisor, injection molding services. “Frequently, when the brand owner wants to conduct validation testing or test a PET packaging concept in limited distribution, there is difficulty in finding a supply source that can deliver small quantities. Additionally, bottle makers sometimes need to off load injection-molded preform production due to scheduling or capacity. PTI’s new capability can provide assistance in both of these situations.”
PTI has added Adapt tooling capability from Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. (Bolton, ON, Canada) to its new all-electric injection molding machine from Arburg (Lossburg, Germany). The mold base features a valve-gated hot runner which allows one to four cavities to be molded per cycle. If desired a single cavity can be built for the initial development, and then scaled up to four cavities for larger sampling requirements.
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“This multicavity preform approach is ideal for supporting smaller product launches,” White explains. “These quantities are much smaller than those required by nationally-distributed brands which can be upwards of 5 million units. Because of our 30-year track record in PET development and preform production, PTI can cost-effectively produce the preforms.”
In addition to PET, polypropylene, polylactic acid, polyethylene, bio-based polymers and other materials can also be injection molded via the new tooling.
Plastic Technologies, Inc. (PTI) specializes in preform and package design, package development, rapid prototyping, pre-production prototyping, and material evaluation engineering for the plastic packaging industry. For more information, visit www.plastictechnologies.com.