Ardagh offers production flexibility and innovation: Multiple Designs. One Machine.

  Manufacturing technology

Production flexibility. In a world of heightened glass bottle innovation, it is something with which glass container manufacturers struggle.

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Ardagh offers production flexibility and innovation: Multiple Designs. One Machine.

Whether adding a customized embossment to a stock bottle or creating an entirely new design with one-of-a-kind features, it has never been easier for brands to enhance their shelf impact through custom glass design using Ardagh Group’s Flex Run® service.

Ardagh Group’s North American Glass division developed the Flex Run service to allow for the production of two unique glass bottles on the same IS Machine simultaneously. Originally developed for the wine industry, this technology provides increased flexibility to run specialty bottles with limited investment.

Dedicated to innovation, Flex Run is designed to help customers benefit from a unique production run for small or limited series items, such as product launches, market tests, limited editions and commemorative bottles. Ideal for customized embossments, unique bottle shapes, custom punt designs and a variety of finish options, Flex Run also provides the opportunity to sample multiple products prior to completing a full production run. Currently offered to wine customers in four distinct colors: Antique Green, Champagne Green, Dead Leaf Green and Flint - for orders as small as 1,500 cases, the possibilities for individual designs are endless.

Flex Run utilizes a “variable weight feeder,” which allows for the automated delivery of variable weights of glass gobs to the individual forming sections. This service can produce containers at varying heights and weights, accommodating up to a 10 percent difference in bottle ...

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