Detailed description

When blowing different bottle packages and batch sizes, the new HESTA blow molding machines of the HM and HMD series are flexible and economical. With a capacity of up to 6 or 2×6 bottles per cycle, they are among the most cost-effective machines. The basic version includes the essentials for hollow body production with expansion options for testing, post-treatment and transport. This way, you only pay for what you really need.

With all machines, follow-up stations are possible right from the start. Retaining mandrels or a testing device with a transfer function can be integrated into the station at low cost. The production process from the extruder to the article output takes place on the front side from left to right in one plane. Optimum accessibility for the setter saves you time and adjustment effort. We offer you the right machine technology for any desired degree of automation and with variable options for further processing.

The advantages for you:

  • High flexibility due to fast tool change: from 1-fold to 6-fold moulds
  • High output
  • Hose heads in tried-and-tested design
  • Energy-saving, high-performance extruder with extruder drive that is unique in the world
  • Short changeover times due to directly flanged masks
  • Long service life with precise tool guidance due to open locking system with direct
  • Clamping force application without bending stress on the guide bars
  • Safe one-sided application of the tested bottles by means of two-station masks on the mould for the single-station version, left and right for the double-station machine or also directed on one side with a height-adjustable conveyor belt.
  • Variable transfer options to the next stations
  • Low adjustment effort, as no transport rails are required
  • Universally equippable with after-cooling station, circular cutter and bottle tester
  • Convenient machine operation
  • Low space requirement due to very compact, open design with good accessibility
  • Favourable price-performance ratio with high-quality new RESTA quality standard

Detailed Description:

To heat up for everything: Our universal extruder

The universal extruder is arranged horizontally. Patented replaceable feed bushings, which can be removed laterally, facilitate and shorten set-up times. The extremely time-consuming disassembly of the extruder drive and the subsequent squeezing out of the feed bushing is completely eliminated with new HESTA! Thus, this is the only true non-woven extruder in the world and allows the use of all blowable materials, in powder or granular form, with or without regenerated admixture. Speed control allows the cycle time of the machine to be kept constant. Depending on the material, appropriate screws, with or without mixing part, are used. The unique extruder drive is not only energy-saving, but is also driven by four individual motors. This makes it easy to replace a single engine, as well as emergency operation or operation with reduced power while repairing a single engine.

Our wall thickness control:

The electronic wall thickness adjustment with maintenance-free crank drive is built directly on the extruder, so that it remains on the machine even when the head is changed, which allows for the shortest set-up times and low acquisition costs for an additional hose head. The wall thickness is pre-programmed with 100 points over the entire length of the hose, this can be drawn manually or also drawn, the timing automatically adapts to the cycle time of the blow molding machine.

Our hose head:

A finely graded selection of hose heads is available, in single or multiple versions, mono- or multi-layer designs, web mandrels, quills or spiral designs, for all common nozzle spacings. Our unique Vario heads can be retrofitted by replacing a feed plate from the original mono head to a viewing strip or DeCo2 head. This flexible and cost-effective retrofit is unique in the world.

Tubular knife:

Cold and hot cutting systems are available to cut the hose, these are pneumatically driven, but can also be extended with our unique Electric High-Speed Knife. With a speed of up to 12 m/s, this knife cuts the hose before it notices anything. Thus, the folding of the hose is reduced to a minimum. The portfolio is rounded off by our hose sealing and disconnection device with controlled support air. Immediately after the hose cutting process, the extruder is lifted in the head area by means of a maintenance-free crank drive, whereby the feed hopper or any attached conveyors remain unaffected by the unique ball socket and do not move.

Airy in shape: Our blowing heads:

With the universal blowing head, economical and time-saving multiple blowing is possible – from 1x to 6x. The number of individual pre-mountable blowing mandrels depends on the number of moulding nests. Calibration is done electrically with a maintenance-free crank drive with 13kN calibration force. The universal blowing head is safely guided on both sides; The patented calibration pad ensures easy 0-point calibration of the mandrel height to the tee edge in the mold, and reproducible set calibration force for each cycle. The universal blowing head allows 1-fold, up to 6-fold blowing. It can be set up to all available nozzle spacing via position fit grooves. Large cross-sections ensure sufficient air volumes. The blowing mandrels are water-cooled to the tip. It is also possible to provide oblique calibration.

Directional transport:

The blown articles are removed from the blowing mandrel by masks applied directly to the blow mould and transferred to the next station on one level, thus eliminating the need for alignment and set-up and saving extreme set-up times. Double masks can be used to operate an additional follow-up station (e.g. for leak testing). As a result of the transport, the hollow bodies are cooled down well and the output rates are increased. Neck and bottom slugs, as well as handle waste, are removed by pneumatic punching cylinders.

new HESTA's unique tool change concept:

As a novelty, the machine has a patented blow molding and debuting system. With minimal effort and without readjustment during a new set-up process, the essential tool parts such as basform/mask and punches can be replaced. The transfer masks, which are designed for several follow-up stations, are attached directly to the corresponding blow molding halves. The tool parts required for post-treatment fit with the highest precision into the machine-side standardised holders. This makes it possible to replace both the blow molding mask unit and the tool parts in the downstream stations from machine to machine, with minimal effort and without readjustment during a new set-up process. The blowing mandrels are pre-mounted in their mounts so that they can be installed quickly and easily when changing tools. Thanks to this state-of-the-art tool change technology, changeover times are significantly shortened, set-up work and the one-time adjustment of punching tools are simplified, thus increasing the overall degree of utilization. The machine is equipped with the proven 2-circuit cooling system with direct cooling water supply via the clamping plates and O-ring sealing.

Open and close, back and forth: Our locking system:

The open C-frame locking system with two spars at the bottom has an infinitely adjustable closing force of up to 60 kN / 80 kN and is also driven by a maintenance-free crank drive and adjustable mould opening path. The spars are not subject to bending stress and therefore cause the clamping plates to be guided exactly, and the cooling water is returned by the bars themselves. The patented closing cushion allows you to calibrate the mould thickness of +- 5 mm fully automatically, the closing force can also be optimally adjusted to your article in set-up mode. Human misalignment is excluded with new HESTA. If the machine detects a slight deviation during production, it immediately performs an automatic set-up and adjusts the clamping force. The blowing tool is freely accessible. The lightweight construction results in low masses and thus short cycle times. Two separate cooling circuits are available in each strike plate, whereby the integrated cooling circuit connection through the strike plates not only makes a major contribution to quick change, but also fails connections. To facilitate tool changes, an additional side door is attached to the protective cover. Here, as with all other components, the latest safety recommendations have been taken into account.

Drive to save: Our electric drives and pneumatics:

Energy-saving servo drives supply the extrusion unit, the shifting and closing movement as well as the calibration. The associated servo drives from Beckhoff are always of the latest generation and enable cost-effective production by optimally adapting the energy consumption to the utilization of the machine. The pneumatics control the functions of blowing, cooling and transporting. Punching and ejection with proven, mature elements. The standard pneumatic valves are arranged on a central base plate for easy servicing.

Control cabinet & control:

The electrical control cabinet is vibration-damped, easily accessible and easy to service mounted on the machine. The programmable logic controller with front panel meets the highest standards of reproducibility, simple, safe and clear. It allows individual input of all setpoints for the motion sequence, heating and wall thickness regulation as well as the integrated bottle tester. An internal background memory facilitates setpoint optimization. All inputs and fault messages are displayed in plain text. The warning and monitoring systems, which are part of the basic equipment, control the entire machine process. In the basic version, four authorization levels secure unauthorized entries, and personalized login can also be activated as an option. Inputs and all fault messages are recorded for the purpose of tracking processes. For ease of use, two monitor sizes are available, depending on the type of machine. The coloured 12 and 21 inch touch panels are directly connected to the Windows-based modular control system. Any number of setpoint sets can be stored on an internal memory or conveniently via a USB socket on an external memory. This shortens changeover times, especially for small batch sizes, and increases cost-effectiveness. All common languages can be switched quickly and easily. Preparation for online service is a matter of course and easy for us by means of a pre-installed software.

If you want more: Our additional devices

  • The fully automatic production of wide-mouth containers is carried out by circular cutters with either electrically or pneumatically operated, circulating knife for the removal of the lost head outside the mould in the trimming station, whereby horizontal or vertical cutting is possible.
  • The fully integrated bottle tester is used for leak testing and neck checking. This can optionally be extended by a neck passage test. This means that bad items are not handed over in the first place and fall directly onto the slug waste belt. Since 100% tested bottles are transported out of the machine, complaints about leaking bottles to the end customer are a thing of the past.

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new HESTA blow moulding solutions GmbH & Co. KG


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D-73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd


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Daniel Knabel

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