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Good Afternoon, we have a fault that has appeared on our combi, during production bottle quality is sound and stable, however the last preform in the oven before feeding stops is blown with a severe off centre gate. it is on random blowing cavs and injection cavs. This product has been running since the beginning of the week with no issues. preform quality is good and no there is no change in iv. blow charts are stable and there are no major air leaks- one compensation is leaking slightly on one station. I have tried to reduce and increase the pre-blow duration and pressure with no change, I have re-booted the system, tried switching off the air-recovery and haver adjusted the heat recovery, I have made the base hotter and colder however the fault stays. any advice on this would be greatly appreciated, kind regards Rachel

Hi Rachel,
First question have you contacted Sidel for help? they should be able to provide a technician to help over the phone or in person.
They are more likely to have come up against this fault.
From what you describe I would investigate how the last preform is delivered along the feeding station to see if you can spot any differences with how the last one is moved through the oven.
Off centre gate suggests preform wall thickness variation this can be caused by unequal heating of the preform.
Check out anything that may cause this to the preform.



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