Bottles, Preforms and Closures

A Design Guide for PET Packaging


  • Ottmar Brandau, OB Plastics Consulting, Ontario, Canada

As a consultant to the plastics industry, Ottmar Brandau’s focus is on using his engineering knowhow and production management experience to improve quality and productivity, cut down cycle time and introduce secondary processes such as inline printing. This book is a thoroughly practical handbook that provides engineers and managers with the toolkit to improve production and engineering aspects in their own businesses - saving money, increasing output and improving competitiveness by adopting new technologies.

In this book, Brandau covers the engineering aspects of bottle production and the relevant production processes (focusing on blow molding), along with plant layout and organization and production management, to produce the definitive handbook for engineers and managers alike.

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Engineers and managers in the plastics industry working in the fields of blow molding, injection molding, rotational molding and other plastic bottle and container production technologies.

Plastics Engineers (mostly with an academic background in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Chemistry), Quality Engineers and Production Managers.


Book information

  • Published: June 2012
  • ISBN: 978-1-4377-3526-0

Table of Contents

Part One: PET Preforms (Ottmar Brandau, Dr. Laura Martin):

1 Introduction;

2 Manufacture and States of PET;

3 Behaviour in the Blow Mould; 4 Manufacture of PET Preforms;

5 Preform Design Methodology;

6 Preform Design Examples;

Part 2: PET Beverage Bottles (Dr. Christian DeTrois, Thomas Steinbauer):

1 From the First Idea to the Finished Bottle;

2 Determination of Bottle Properties;

3 Generating the First Design in CAD;

4 From Shape to Fully-Fledged Design for a Safe Process;

5 Verification of the 3D Design through FE Simulation;

6 Selection of the Mould Concept to Meet Customer-Specific Criteria;

7 Mould Design and Mould Manufacture;

8 Mould Trials and Examination of Sample Bottles;

Part 3 Closures for PET Bottles (Ottmar Brandau, Romeo Corvaglia):

1 Introduction;

2 Neck Finishes for Various Bottle Types;

3 Closure Types;

4 Tamper Evident Bands;

5 Resins;

6 Manufacturing Methods;

7 Economic Guidelines;

8 Test Procedures;

9 Process Control during Injection Moulding; Light-weigh caps, new standards