APPE invests £1.5m on installation of Krones’ ProShape production process
APPE, the packaging division of LSB, has invested £1.5m on the installation of Krones’ newly developed ProShape production process to increase output and enhance its flexibility to meet customer requirements.
According to APPE, the new machine is integrated into Krones’ current Contiform series at its site in Gresford, UK, servicing clients in the household and personal care sectors. It is said to combine blow-moulding technology with a new module for orientation and selective temperature control of the preforms.
The ProShape offers optimised production of oval or asymmetrical containers and, in addition, allows for the production of unusual designs and the light-weighting of oval packs. It is also claimed to have a significantly higher output than standard blow moulding machines (around 40%).
The system may be easily switched from the preferential heating and neck orientation process to a standard blowing mode for producing round bottles when required.