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The Advancements in Blow Molding Technology
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Blow molding machines continue to evolve, enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of plastic bottle production. These machines primarily operate using the two-step method, where plastic materials are first transformed into preforms and subsequently blown into the desired bottle shape. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), an eco-friendly material, is the preferred choice for this process.

The process begins with the preheating stage, where the preforms are exposed to infrared radiation from high-temperature lamps. This heating softens the preform bodies, making them malleable and ready for the subsequent blow molding process. However, it is important to note that the neck of the preforms does not require heating and needs to be cooled to maintain its shape.

Once preheated, the preforms are placed into specially designed molds for the bottle formation stage. High-pressure air is injected into the preforms, causing them to stretch and take on the desired bottle shape. Advancements in automation have streamlined the blow molding process, eliminating the need for manual preform insertion and significantly accelerating production rates.

The blow molding process involves biaxial stretching and orientation of the PET chains, resulting in increased mechanical strength, improved tensile and impact resistance, and superior airtightness. However, controlling the stretching ratios is crucial to ensure optimal bottle quality. Radial stretching should not exceed 3.5-4.2, and axial stretching should not surpass 2.8-3.1. Additionally, maintaining appropriate wall thickness, not exceeding 4.5mm, is essential for bottle integrity.

Blow molding occurs within a specific temperature range, typically between the glass transition temperature and the crystallization temperature of PET, ranging from 90 to 120 degrees Celsius. Within this range, PET exhibits high elasticity, enabling rapid blow molding and subsequent cooling to create transparent bottles. Achieving the ideal temperature balance is crucial, as it impacts the overall quality and performance of the bottles.

During the rapid blow molding and cooling process, induced stresses are generated within the bottle walls. These stresses enable the bottles to withstand internal pressure, making them suitable for carbonated beverages. However, for hot-fill bottles, it is essential to ensure that these induced stresses are released above the glass transition temperature to prevent deformation or failure.

The continuous advancements in blow molding technology have revolutionized the efficiency of plastic bottle production. Through innovations in automation, temperature control, and stretching ratios, manufacturers can produce high-quality bottles with improved mechanical properties, durability, and airtightness. The future of blow molding technology holds great promise in driving sustainable and efficient plastic bottle manufacturing.

Pub Time : 2023-12-16 18:17:42 >> News list
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