Friday, 25 March 2016 by
Extrusion blow molding

In Extrusion Blow Moulding (EBM), plastic is melted and extruded into a hollow tube (a parison). This parison is then captured by closing it into a cooled metal mold. Air is then blown into the parison, inflating it into the shape of the hollow bottle, container, or part. After the plastic has cooled sufficiently, the mold is opened and the part is ejected.


Friday, 25 March 2016 by

The process of injection blow molding (IBM) is used for the production of hollow glass and plastic objects in large quantities. In the IBM process, the polymer is injection molded onto a core pin; then the core pin is rotated to a blow molding station to be inflated and cooled. This is the least-used of the three blow molding processes, and is typically used to make small medical and single serve bottles. The process is divided into three steps: injection, blowing and ejection.

Heat transfer in blow moulding - Importance of the blowing pressure

This article describes a test setup in a theoretical model to measure the impact of the flushing air, and evaluating the cost of the compressed air against the cooling coefficient gain.

Mold cooling's Heat Contact Resistance

In blow molding the blowing pressure is extremely important. An article from the University of Aachen with a theoretical model on the importance of the pressure in function of the surface geometry.


Friday, 25 March 2016 by
An injection moulding machine

Injection moulding (injection molding in the USA) is a manufacturing process for producing parts by injecting material into a mould. Injection moulding can be performed with a host of materials, including metals, (for which the process is called diecasting), glasses, elastomers, confections, and most commonly thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers.


Friday, 25 March 2016 by

This has two main different methods, namely Single-stage and two-stage process. Single-stage process is again broken down into 3-station and 4-station machines In the two-stage injection stretch blow molding ( ISBM ) process, the plastic is first molded into a “preform” using the injection molding process. These preforms are produced with the necks of the bottles, including threads (the “finish”) on one end. These preforms are packaged, and fed later (after cooling) into a reheat stretch blow molding machine. In the ISB process, the preforms are heated (typically using infrared heaters) above their glass transition temperature, then blown using high-pressure air into bottles using metal blow molds. The preform is always stretched with a core rod as part of the process.

Mould condensation

Thursday, 19 January 2017 by

Avoiding mould condensation in plastics processing Molud condensation is a fairly big issue when the mould water approaches the environment dew point. Condensation appears on the moulds and affects the surface quality. Often the only solution to the problem is increasing the mould cooling water temperature. This results often in bigger cycle times, quality problems

Labeling behind blow molding machines can result in a bubbled surface of the label, due to bottle shrinkage. There are different techniques to improve / solve these problems.