Agr TopWave LLC, a manufacturer of laboratory and on-line testing/quality control devices for plastic containers is about to launch a number of new devices to measure the consistency and quality of container packaging.
The PETWallplus is said to offer a total process and quality control concept for PET container manufacturers. Combining Agr's patent pending PETWall non-contact wall-thickness monitoring system with a high precision camera-based inspection system, PETWallplus with Vision provides both sidewall thickness distribution monitoring and random defect detection for critical areas in the seal surface and base of PET containers.
This combination of the two systems facilitates a comprehensive approach toward quality assurance and provides the tools for optimal blowmoulder operation while reducing or eliminating the need for labour-intensive manual quality checks.
The company is also about to launch its Vision Bottle Gauge 7000 (VBG7000), a vision-based dimensional measuring system for containers and related products. The Vision Bottle Gauge 7000 is a laboratory device designed to provide accurate, repeatable measurement of routine and difficult-to-measure container features.
This non-contact measuring system is fully automatic and requires little operator intervention. The VBG7000 is ideal for quality control inspection of newly formed containers, incoming inspection of purchased containers, and evaluation of container designs in the development laboratory.
The company's other launch will be the PG9810-ML, a non-contact, automated measuring device that can determine the presence and thickness of nylon-based barrier materials in PET preforms and containers. The PG9810-ML uses IR absorption technology to accurately determine PET and nylon wall thickness. This bench-top device requires a minimal amount of space and is designed for use in the testing laboratory or on the floor near preform injection-moulding or blowmoulding systems.
The headquarters and main manufacturing facility of Agr TopWave, a division of AGR International, is located in Pennsylvania, US.