Friday, July 11, 2014


Tobin Widick 

We should not forget to remove ALL of the preform discs from the machine to apply grease on the track throughout the machine. This is listed in our weekly maintenance program for all of the automatic blow molders. This includes the BM1500, the BM3000 and the BM4500. Once all of the plates are removed the old grease needs to be wiped clean from the track and the preform holders. This is a very important step as the grease catches contaminants and small dirt/shavings that when left on the machine can cause damage over time. Once all of the old grease and debris is removed from the track we can now apply a light film of new grease to the tracks and reinstall the preform holders.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Save time and money using one of Norland’s Freedom Series Blow Molders

An interview with "JP

Over three years ago, JP purchased a Norland Freedom 4500 blow molder for his growing bottled water business. In a recent conversation with JP, he informed me that he’s manufactured over 30,000,000 bottles to date. Last month alone he produced over 750,000 bottles to fulfill his demand.  

I asked him if he was happy with his investment, and his answer was a resounding “Yes"! What was the key to his success, I asked?  "As long as you keep up on the maintenance - she runs great".  With over 30,000,000 bottles manufactured to date, we think; "she runs just fine."  

With that said, we’d like to introduce you to one of Norland's valued customers. So come along as we head to Texas for this month's Featured Interview with "JP".


JP and his father Jay started this family-operated business just over 11 years ago. Jay and JP offer three different types of water - purified, flavored and an isotonic sports drink for their private label customers. When asked to quantify the size of their business JP says "We stay pretty busy". JP purchased a Freedom4500 Series Blow Molding system from Norland during 2009.

"No matter if you have a problem or you think you have a problem, you may have a problem. Whatever your issue is you can call anybody at Norland and they are more than happy to take care of you." - JP

An interview with "JP"


Norland - Where did your bottles come from before buying the Blow Molder from Norland?

JP –“We bought bottles from a bottle manufacturer and had the bottles shipped into our location. This was an ever increasing burden to the company’s bottom line. When buying the bottles, we had very little control over the quality and cost of the bottles. Norland showed us how to cut the costs on bottles, shipping and waste. In addition, we have been able to gain control over the design and inventory of our bottles.”


Norland - What brought you to Norland initially?

JP –“Research. My father and I had been looking at blow molders for about two years prior. I’m analytical by nature. We were looking for a solution that would allow us to reduce our bottle cost. I researched all of the different types, sizes and costs of blow molding equipment and what best suited our needs. Norland was the company that offered a product that fit our individual needs, being that we are not a massive bottler but we are not a very small one either.”


Norland- What do you like most about Norland and using Norland products?

JP –“Everything, you told me to be honest and it has been a very pleasant experience.”


Norland - What were your perceptions about using a blow molder? That is, did you have any preconceived notions or anything of that nature?

JP –“What it all boils down to is, the number one thing, we were trying to improve our margins. We looked at various aspects of whether it was something we wanted to take on. I do all of the maintenance on all of our equipment so it had to be something that didn’t tie up my day and overwhelm me with issues. It appeared the benefits outweighed the negatives and it was just time to make that decision.”


Norland - Have your perceptions changed since purchasing and using the blow molder?

JP –“Yes. Operating the blow molder is not as entailed on my part as I figured it would be. It’s more of you turn it on and it runs. It’s no different than any other piece of equipment as long as it is maintained and you are able to run it. Once you get past the initial couple of weeks and some of the operator errors we encountered, it’s a very simple piece of equipment to operate. It doesn’t take any more of my time than any other piece of equipment. It’s no different than a filler or a capper or labeler. “


Norland - How has Norland impacted your business?

JP –“Norland has made it easier to do business.”


Norland -What’s the biggest benefit of working with Norland’s Freedom 4500 Blow Molder?

JP –“Number one, the quality of bottle and ease of operation. Those are the two biggest items off the top of my head. If you’re in my business, that is all you are wanting. I call it idiot proof and really it is. Once you get it set up and once you get it dialed in, it’s pretty much just forget about it. It’s going to run, you may have a preform hang-up or something, but that would be on any machine and probably

tenfold. It is just very, very easy to operate. It is user friendly.”


Norland- Has the equipment saved you money?

JP –“Yes.”


Norland -How much do you calculate you have saved with the blow molder?

JP –“We are probably saving around 2 cents per bottle.”


Norland -And how many bottles are you producing per day?

JP –“We average about 32,000 bottles per day. The savings are real, that’s why we bought it.”


Norland - Why did you choose Norland as your supplier?

JP –“Reputation, sales staff, quality of equipment, size of equipment and the functionality of the equipment.”


Norland - Would you recommend Norland services or products to others?

JP –“Yes, everyone I talk to.”


Norland - Is there anything else you’d like to add?

JP –“Yes there is one thing I’d like to add and that is the service past the sale, beyond the sale however you want to say it. Whether it’s from Engineering, Technicians, Sales, or the Staff at Norland there is no one that can touch Norlands personal touch. I do business with a lot of different people and there’s not enough being stated about that fact. No matter if you have a problem or you think you have a problem, you may have a problem. Whatever your issue is you can call anybody at Norland and they are more than happy to take care of you. If you have an issue with a part or whatever the need is, you’re going to have it the next day.

The reason I can say this is because we were running the day after Thanksgiving and I had an issue come up. I called up a service tech at 4:00am in the morning on the day after Thanksgiving on a Friday. I talked to the guy for three hours, he fixed my problem. The day after Thanksgiving at four o’clock in the morning. Now I want you to think about that for a minute…… you with me?

That speaks volumes about the lengths that Norland’s people will go to in order to take care of their customers. Somebody always picks up the phone and they handle my problems and you cannot put a price on that kind of service.”

Norland - Thank you JP for talking with us.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Norland's Triton 450
An interview with Billy Cotter.

Billy Cotter.

-When was Amacola Bottled Water Company established?

It was as founded in 2001. Our 565 foot artesian well was drilled in May of 2002. Shortly thereafter we received our permit to bottle Artesian Spring Water from the State of Georgia. 

I operated the business for 6 years and sold it in 2008. In 2013, I decided to purchase the business back. After acquiring the business, I noticed the previous owners had purchased Norland equipment for their small bottle operation and moved the Italian made filling equipment I had previously owned to the side. Obviously I had questions as to why they made that decision, but after operating the Norland equipment, for just a short time, I came to understand why.  Within a few months of operating the Norland equipment, I purchased the Norland Triton 450and RackStacker 600. I consider this combination to be the most preeminent 5 gallon bottling equipment available.

-What first brought you to Norland and why did you choose the Norland Triton 450?

Having repurchased the business I previously sold. I inherited the Norland SpectraPak lines and blow molding unit.  This allowed me to get to know the Norland products very well and see them in action. I also was able to work with the people in Lincoln, Nebraska and I came to understand their dedication to the customer. Working with Bruce and Chris at Norland, I realized the people in Nebraska really know what they are doing. Not only that, but what really interested me was their efforts to move the industry forward, with great service and innovated ideas. The experience and knowledge I gained from my dealings with Norland and their team, lead me to my decision to purchase the Norland TR450 3 & 5 gallon filler and RS600 rack loader.

-How user friendly did you find the Triton 450?

It was easy to set up. The computer, which is the brain of the Triton 450, makes everything simple to operate and work with. The owner’s manual is well organized, very thorough and easy to follow. It’s great that Norland uses actual machine photographs, with component call-outs, to help the user understand nearly every part of their equipment.

-What are the main benefits of operating the Triton 450?

The Triton’s ability to produce TR450 / 3 or 5 gallon bottles per hour is huge advantage to our business because of the equipment’s productivity. When you incorporate a Triton 450 with the Rackstacker600, the labor savings and reduction of liability issues combine to make a very efficient and powerful package.

-Would you recommend Norland’s products and service to other looking to purchase filling equipment?

Absolutely! If somebody called me on the phone and asked me, what I thought of the TR450 and RackStacker600,I would definitely tell them this is the product you need to buy. The Triton 450 and the RackStacker 600 go hand in hand. Who wants to load bottles all day by back breaking physical labor?


-Is there anything you would like to add this interview, we did not cover?

Yes, I know this unrelated to the Triton450 and RackStacker, but I also own a Norland Liberty 150 Unscrambler and it is one of the finest pieces of equipment we have. I guess what I’m trying to say I; I’m extremely happy that I have Norland equipment. Norland’s product line is put together very well.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


1. Drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.  Pregnant and lactating women and athletes need more.   Coffee, tea, and sodas do not count toward your daily water requirement.  These drinks act as diuretics and lower the amount of water in your body.

2. A lack of water can significantly decrease work performance.  It can also cause constipation, and can increase the risk to kidney problems and urinary tract infections.

3. Don't drink unfiltered tap water.  Chlorine is the most dangerous element in most water supplies. It has been implicated in cancer causation, heart disease, and other health problems.  Fluoride may also increase cancer risk.



Monday, December 30, 2013

Liberty 150 Automatic Bottle Unscrambler.

Liberty 150 Unscrambler
The Liberty 150 Automatic Bottle Unscrambler from Norland International is the perfect labor-saving component to meet the demands of high-speed small bottling lines in a wide range of industries. No longer are employees required to manually sort bottles and stand them upright on a conveyor or feed table – an otherwise tedious and time consuming task.

The Liberty 150’s heavy-duty design and durable construction requires minimal maintenance, thus assuring many years of dependable operation. Changeovers from one size bottle to another are as easy as pushing a single button on the control panel.

Liberty 150 Automatic Bottle Unscrambler Benefits
  • High Speed and Fully Automated
  • Increases efficiency and productivity for production lines
  • Saves money through efficient use of personnel
  • Requires Minimal operator training
  • Designed to accommodate various bottle shapes and sizes
  • Fast changeovers reduce downtime and maximize uptime
  • Built to be reliable, trouble-free and dependable for years of operation
  • USA made - easy access to spare parts and service assistance

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Hate water? You're missing key health benefits

Why is it so hard for us to drink plain water? 

"Some people say they don't like the taste of water.  Others get busy and sometimes ignore the body's need until it makes the message loud and clear," Norback says.

To encourage more water drinking, Norback suggests serving a glass of water at mealtimes and keeping a fresh bottle of water in the cup holder of the car.

Two years ago, Jeff Satz of San Jose began making those types of lifestyle changes when he decided to "get healthy," start cycling, and drink more water.  At the urging of his doctor, Satz, an engineer, increased his water intake to 10 glasses per day as a way to ease joint pain and squelch fatigue. I took a few months to "remind" himself to drink it.  Now, he realizes how dehydrated he was.

"I feel more energetic," says Satz, who is 47 and drinks his water from a refillable glass bottle.  He says having a bright-colored bottle on his desk and access to a water cooler at work helped him meet his goals.  "I crave the crisp taste, and when I drink something else, like juice or coffee, I have to drink water after it to quench my thirst."

Anisha Patel, an assistant professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at UCSF, says starting early, as a youngster, is a good way to make the water habit stick.  The water requirements for adolescents are less than they are for adults, but not by much: For young males (ages 4-18), the Institute of Medicine suggests 1.3 to 3.3 liters; for females in the same age group, 1.3 to 2.3 liters.

But, according to a 2011 study using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, among adolescents, plain water accounted for only 33 percent of total fluid intake, with the remainder coming from sugary beverages, like soda and energy drinks.  That's cause for concern, Patel says.

"Even mild dehydration can cause reduced cognition and physical performance in children," says Patel, whose research on water accessibility has helped get more clean, fresh drinking water onto school campuses.

So, how does Patel encourage her daughters, 2 and 7, to drink more water at home?  She uses the same strategy as Norback.

"I put citrus slices into a big jug of water and chill it in the fridge," she says.  "It makes it more palatable and refreshing to them."

Source: Jessica Yadegaran, Bay Are News Group Thunderdome

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hate water? You're missing key health benefits

But, how much water do we need? We've all heard eight to 10 glassess, but it actually depends on the individual and his or her needs.  Norback says to let thirst and the color of your urine be your guide.  She also suggest following the Institute of Medicine's guidelines for fluids: 2.7 liters (91 ounces; about 11 cups) for women; and 3.7 liters (125 ounces, about 15 cups) for men, per day.

"I would suggest about two thirds of total fluid intake come from good old water," she says.  "the remainder could come from milk or milk substitutes, noncaloric beverages such as plain tea or coffee, as well as the fluid that naturally occurs in food."  About 20 percent of our fluid intake can come from hydrating foods, like lettuce and watermelon, she says.

Food aside, most Americans don't meet the guidelines.  According to the centerts for Disease Control (CDC), 35 percent of Americans drink four to seven cups a day while 22 percent drink eight cups or more. The rest of us drink zero to three cups daily.

Source: Jessica Yadegaran, Bay Are News Group Thunderdome