Agr International helps optimise self-manufacture of PET bottles

Agr International has created a new division focused on assisting PET bottle self-manufacturers optimise their production operations.

The Agr Process Performance Optimisation Group offers technical assistance to maximise the productivity and efficiency of PET blowing and beverage production lines.

Self-manufacture of PET bottles has grown in popularity with beverage producers. The ability to produce bottles, on demand, at the point of filling offers advantages such as cost containment, reduced warehousing and transportation costs, improved inventory control and increased production flexibility.

However, challenges to self-manufacture of PET bottles include determining the proper recipe for a given bottle, producing bottles with consistent quality and performance that do not compromise downstream operations, and the scarcity of experienced blowmolder operators and processing personnel. These are just a small sample of some of the issues that self-manufactures face.

The Agr Process Performance and Optimisation Group was established to provide self-manufacturers with a go-to resource to help overcome some of the everyday challenges in producing their own bottles. The Agr Process group makes a holistic assessment of the entire production line, and since Agr is not affiliated with any specific brand of blowmolder, the group can provide whole plant assistance in operations that have different blowmolder brands in the same facility.

Robert Cowden, Agr’s chief operating officer said: “Our primary mission is to work with our customers to optimise production efficiency, both in terms of blowmolding and total line efficiency. Agr’s consulting professionals work directly with plant personnel to optimise blowmolding and container flow downstream in order to reduce manufacturing costs.”

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