Bottles, Preforms and Closures

Bottles, Preforms and Closures, 2nd Edition

A Design Guide for PET Packaging

Bottles, Preforms and Closures, 2nd Edition,Ottmar Brandau,ISBN9781437735260


William Andrew




229 X 152

A practical handbook for a major area of plastics processing, the author's focus on fault analysis and troubleshooting is targeted at practicing engineers and directly impacts the bottom line by improving production efficiency and product quality.

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Key Features

  • Learn the tricks of the trade from an experienced engineer and manager
  • Save money: Practical strategies to improve cycle times
  • Increase productivity: Improve plant layout and organization and implement secondary processes such as inline printing


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.


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.

Ottmar Brandau

President, OB Plastics Consulting, Ontario, Canada Process troubleshooting and training of plant and office personnel. Formerly VP Operations, Magic North America (Packaging & Containers). Member of the Omnexus (SpecialChem Plastics & Elastomers) Expert Team.

Affiliations and Expertise

OB Plastics Consulting, Ontario, Canada

Bottles, Preforms and Closures, 2nd Edition

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

Quotes and reviews

"PETplanet insider is publishing extracts from successive chapters of Ottmar Brandau’s "Bottles, Preforms and Closures," which was first published by hbmedia.  A newly revised edition is reissued under the Elsevier imprint."--PETplanet insider, April 2014

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