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Article | July 31, 2002
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Upstream gear at IGI
Coextrusion blow molding of IGI’s three-layer bottle is done in a separate room near the filling line on a Techne (Bologna Italy) eight-cavity shuttle system that has an eight-second cycle time. It blows the bottles with air that has been steam-sterilized says Techne’s Moreno Minghetti. It also leaves the dome on bottles after blow molding and then immediately after cooling seals the dome closed through an electric heating system. Minghetti calls it “aseptic blow molding.”
Bottles are pneumatically transported to an eight-compartment silo that is temperature-controlled to prevent the sterile air inside the sealed bottles from expanding or contracting either of which could deform the bottles. Only one size goes to any one compartment and the programmable logic controller that governs the system keeps track of which bottle sizes are in which silo cells. This important information is made available to the downstream filler so that it can draw bottles from whichever silo compartment it wants.
Bottles drawn from the silo are unscrambled and oriented by a Posimat (Miami FL) unscrambler that discharges them into a neck trimmer from Maer (Massanes Gerona Spain) for dome removal (shown here). Now the bottles are ready for the aseptic filling system.
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