SIPA of Veneto, Italy, a global leader of Packaging and PET Plastics Machinery, have released two new machines, the ECS SP80 & ECS SP50, that SIPA officials say now fill the last gap in their product line with the single-stage, four station Injection Stretch Blow Moulding (ISBM) machines.
“There was one range of machine that was missing — a small single-stage for specialty containers, which means non-beverage containers,” said Pietro Marcati, global sales manager of SIPA's stretch blow molding. “Today SIPA is the only producer in the world that can offer single-stage and two-stage systems for all applications in the beverage and specialty markets.”
At the recent NPE 2015 exhibition in Orlando, SIPA had the hybrid ECS SP80 running with a six-cavity mould to produce 500ml, asymmetrical PET bottles for household cleaning products at a rate of 1,565 bottles per hour. It is also suited for the production of containers for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, personal care products and spirits, producing bottles as small as 20,30 or 50ml.
“This machine is dedicated to the customer who wants to make a different container with different shapes — oval, cylindrical, wide mouth, very small miniature bottles, bigger bottles, whatever,” Marcati said. “They are looking for many different shapes in order to be unique." The machines features allow for quick change-overs of around 4 hours between different product configurations, shapes and sizes.
The machines are designed for high speed production, using hydraulics when large forces are required and servo electric drives for fast movements. The ECS SP80 is energy efficient, with a consumption as low as 20kWh. The clamp unit is positioned vertically, and all hydraulics are kept below the level of the table to avoid any oil contamination with the containers being produced.
SIPA are represented in Oceania by HBM Plastics & Packaging Technologies.