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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 Moreā€¦

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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Iceberg Molding $$$

Riverside, CA  |  951-354-0258

At R.M.Tool, we provide custom CNC Machining to help our customers solve some of their toughest machining needs. Our state-of-the-art CNC machining department is equipped with Milling, Turning and Wire EDM Machining Centers. We can process materials such as Steel, Stainless, Aluminum, and other Exotic Materials. We strive to always please our customers by always delivering quality products. From design to finished product, R.M.Tool is your one stop shop for all of your CNC machining needs.

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Hi-Rel Plastics & Molding $$$

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 $$$

Williamston, MI  |  517-655-4351

RNF Manufacturing has been an industry leader since 1967. We have over 300 stock items in a variety of shapes and sizes. We offer custom blow molding as well as silk printing and labeling. We want to make your design and innovation become a reality. Whether your project is big or little, you can depend on our experts for premium quality.

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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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