At NPE, Nissei ASB is molding (l. to r.) thick-wall PET cosmetic bottles (two different designs in a family mold); pasteurizable beer bottles; airline liquor miniatures in 48 cavities; sports bottles of Tritan copolyester; and heat-set, hot-fill jars that can accept a metal lug cap. PET stretch-blow systems are the largest single category of blow molding machines at the show. New versions offer higher outputs, increased flexibility, easier changeovers, and greater versatility to handle complex or “difficult” bottle shapes. In one-stage injection-stretch-blow (ISBM) systems, Pet All Manufacturing (Booth W6545) is exhibiting for the first time its new ISBM-180E all-electric unit. The four-station rotary machine has a 15-ton clamp and handles six to 10 cavities for containers from 10 to 100 ml. Kiefel Technologies (Booth W2727) is showing for the first time in the U.S. the Blowliner single-stage ISBM machine from its subsidiary Mould & Matic Solutions. Major advantages of this machine are said to be its compactness and versatility. It can process PET, PP, and HDPE; it can also be upgraded to multilayer barrier applications. It can mold containers from 10 ml to 5 L on the same m...