Frequently asked questions from customers and the answers.
About the Company
How long have you been engaged in the PET business?
ASB was founded in 1978 and is a pioneer of PET bottle molding machines. In the early 1970’s, PET bottles became commercially viable in the U.S. and began circulating in Japan at the same time our company was established.
What is ASB's market share?
Our sales make up about 15%-20% of those of the entire PET bottle molding machine industry.
What is ASB's company policy?
“For more information, please look at “Corporate Identity”.
About the PET Molding Machine
Can materials other than PET be molded?
PP (polypropylene), PC (polycarbonate), PEN (polyethylene naphthalate), etc. can be molded.
Why should I purchase an injection stretch blow molding machine when a direct blow molding machine is much more inexpensive?
Bottles molded using injection stretch blow molding machines are superior in terms of lightness, strength and transparency. In addition, the cap has a very good fit with the bottle, preventing the contents from leaking. Direct blow molding machines cannot make certain types of bottles, such as bottles for carbonated beverages.
Why should I consider a one-step blow molding machine when the production volume of two-step blow molding machines is larger?
Reasons for choosing a one-step blow molding machine over a two-step blow molding machine are given below.
One-step blow molding machines are configured to make it difficult to put scratches on products during the bottle molding process. On the other hand, for two-step blow molding machines, because creating the preform and molding the bottle are two separate processes, the preform is likely to be damaged during preform transport process. Therefore, one-step blow molding machines are better for bottles where how they look are important (ie. for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, etc.).
They are also suitable for molding bottles with extreme shapes and great oblateness. A preform thickness with different circumferences for optimal bottle shapes can be achieved.
They are suitable for unusual neck shapes and preform shapes, and wide-mouthed bottles.
It can take care of handles added later and special handle designs.
In addition, one-step blow molding machines are most suitable for molding from materials such as PP (polypropylene), PC (polycarbonate), etc.
What equipment is needed to run the machine?
For PET bottles:
PET dehumidification dryer
Chiller (8-14 degrees Celsius)
Cleaning tower that supplies 25-30 degree coolant water
Compressor (machine operation 0.9 Mpa, blow maximum 3.4 Mpa)
Mold dehumidifier (depends on molding room environment)
Mold temperature controller (depends on bottle shape)
ASB provides quotes for this equipment upon the request of the customer.
About PET Bottles
What is PET resin?
It stands for polyethylene terephthalate.
Made from carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, it’s a material that becomes carbon dioxide and water even if you burn it. When you make it into a bottle, it is clear and thin, and becomes hard to crack. It is used for bottles with a wide variety of purposes.
Can PET be colored?
When PET is molded, it becomes transparent and clear. In the bottle molding process, you can color the bottle by mixing coloring agents with the PET.
After molding PET, does extra care need to be taken?
No extra care is needed. However, as with most plastics, please avoid strong sunlight and high temperatures during storage and transport. Deformation or shrinkage may occur when the bottle is empty.
Many people worry about the effects of plastic on health. Is PET really safe?
PET is used around the world for food containers and has received U.S. FDA approval, as well as having passed many health safety test.
Recycling is a big headache. Will ASB's products benefit us somehow?
ASB’s molding machines can use 100% recyclable PET flake material. In addition, we have also developed a dryer specially for recycled PET flake materials. There are no problems technologically, but when many countries use recycled materials, regulations are imposed and they are limited to uses other than for food containers. Instead, there are also molding machines for multi-layered shapes. With the forming method of sandwiching recycled PET flake materials between virgin PET resin, the expansion into food containers is now possible. Please inquire about the specifications.
About PET Bottle Design
How is the design of the bottle decided?
Depending on the usage of the bottle, the demands of customers are widely covered. Whether it’s ease of usability, how it looks, functionality, etc., we will suggest a shape that best suits your needs.
After purchasing the molding machine, will ASB install the machine in the factory?
Our staff will package the machine so that it can be easily transported. Installation of the machine, wiring and piping is in principle handled by our customers. Due to differences in regulations for electricity, air pressures, etc. in each country, we do not perform wiring or pipe work.
How long is the warranty?
In principal, 14 months from the date of shipment or 12 months from startup, whichever is earlier.
How much training is needed to operate the molding machine?
We conduct basic operational training, so customers who are operating molding machines for the first time do not need to worry. We also conduct scheduled maintenance upon the request of the customer.
Is it possible to participate in training sessions?
Participation is possible. In addition to training at our factory, we also conduct on-site training at the customer’s factory.
Is it possible to have training sessions at the factory where the machine is installed?
Yes, it is possible. We conduct basic operational training. We also conduct on-site training.
About Sales in General
Do you lease out molding machines?
Please contact a sales representative.
What is the average delivery time?
The average delivery time of molding machines is 3.5-4 months. We also provide quick delivery on demand.
How are the machines usually delivered? Are shipping costs and insurance included?
We use FOB or CIF depending upon the request of the customer.
Will we receive a discount if we purchase many machines?
We handle discounts on a case by case basis. Please contact us.
Tell me about your overseas network.
For more information, please look at “Office List”.
How many countries does ASB have sales in?
We have delivered our products to over 120 countries. We have had sales of 8,000 molding machines and 15,000 molds.
I would like to ask for a quote and catalog.
Please inquire from “Request a Quote” and “Request a Catalog”. We will promptly respond to your inquiry.
What trade shows does ASB appear in?
We have been participating in the following three largest plastic shows: K (Germany), NPE (U.S.), IPF (Japan). We also actively take part in other trade shows. Information about which machines will be exhibited is updated from time to time. For more information, please look at “News”.