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Stretch Blow Molding

Stretch blow molded bottles are most commonly made out of PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, which has a polymer microstructure with low permeability to gases and will not contaminate beverages. Stretch blow molded bottles are also made of thermoplastics like acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, polystyrene, polyvinyl chloride, polyamide, polycarbonate, polysulfone, acetal and polypropylene. Read More…

Stretch Blow Molding Stretch blow molding is a process that manufactures plastic containers, most commonly the two liter beverage bottle. It is able to produce uniform finished products that do not need to be joined and therefore do not have a visible seam. The bottles are strong enough to handle the pressure from carbonated beverages, which is about 60 psi. They also hold other beverage and food supplies like mineral water, liquor, juice, beer, cooking oils, peanut butter and milk.
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Winfield, KS  |  620-221-9464

Western Industries provides custom plastic blow molding product design, engineering, mold design and extensive capabilities and manufacturing expertise for mid- to large-part products, in both single- and dual-head processing.

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Riverside, CA  |  951-360-6055

At Blow Molded Products, we have experience doing custom blow molding for a multitude of industries, including furniture, sporting goods, health and safety, electronics, and more.

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Sturgis, MI  |  269-651-9488

With blow molding presses from 1 to 80 lbs., Iceberg Molding has the ability & resources for every step of your blow molding requirements - from a competitive part quote to part & product development support start to finish.

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Riverside, CA  |  951-354-0258

Founded in 1984, Hi-Rel Plastics & Molding, Inc. is a turn-key manufacturer who offers custom blow molding and custom plastic injection molding for a variety of industries. With more than 35 years of experience, our quality products are unparalleled. We process an almost infinite variety of thermoplastic resins, our prices are competitive, our delivery is on time, and we offer superior customer service. Our company is ISO 9001:2015, AS 9100 Rev D, 13485:2016 Certified.

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Coloma, MI  |  269-849-3200

Since 1952, SPI Blow Molding has provided custom blow molding for a diverse range of industries, such as agricultural, plumbing, electronics, and more. Our team can meet your needs with a variety of plastics, such as HDPE, ABS, polycarbonate, and TPE. Secondary operations and assembly services are also available. SPI is a leader in our industry due to our customer-oriented ability to deliver successful production solutions and unmatched product quality.

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SPI Blow Molding LLC $$$

Kent City, MI  |  616-450-4918

Kent City Plastics provides a wide range of specialized blow molding manufacturing. If you are looking for a component that is made of plastic with a formed hollow part, then Kent City Plastics is the place to go for your design and manufacturing. KCP can work with Extrusion Blow Molding and Injection Blow Molding. Examples of these products are: containers, tanks, cover boots, air ducts and much more. Our equipment can produce products weighing from 30oz to 128oz.

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There are two different types of stretch blow molding-injection stretch blow molding (ISBM) and reheat blow molding (RHB), both of which use injection molded preforms to produce plastic bottles, which are usually clear and colorless, but may have colored tints. The two step process is very fast and highly repeatable, with larger stretch blow molding machines producing between 15,000 and 20,000 bottles and hour.

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There is one main difference between the two types of stretch blow molding. Injection stretch blow molding creates the plastic preforms out of loose pellets on site, often within the same inline conveyor system as the blow molding machine. Since this process requires the use of an injection molding machine, it is high in cost if not done in high runs. Reheat blow molding, on the other hand, does not injection mold the preform. Instead, these manufacturers purchase the preforms already-made and reheat them until soft and formable.

Reheat blow molding eliminates the need for expensive injection molding machinery, which is a costly investment. The rest of the stretch blow molding processes are identical for both methods. The preforms are already made with the bottle neck, which may even have threading for twist-on lids or caps. A metal ram pushes the plastic, forcing it to stretch to the length of the mold cavity. Then, it balloons out by compressed air and internal pressure.

The preform is stretched in hoop and axial directions and adheres with the shape of the mold walls. After it cures and cools down, the newly formed part is ejected from the mold. The process takes mere seconds to finish, and complex designs are possible. The bottles are all recyclable.

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