PET Packaging Analyzer

The MB3600-CH80 Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Packaging Analyzer is a rugged industrial FT-NIR solution for fast analysis of PET containers like jars, bottles and preforms.



It is intended for R&D centers, QA/QC laboratories or production lines of companies performing a large number of daily measurements of PET containers key characteristics.
This analyzer is the ideal solution for:

  • Equipment suppliers who supply PET packaging machinery for blowing, injection molding, extrusion, or thermoforming.
  • Companies who produce PET preforms or containers (bottles, jars).
  • Food and beverage companies who buy PET containers to fill with their products.

The MB3600-CH80 enables precise determination of several PET quality attributes such as crystallinity, moisture content, wall thickness or intrinsic viscosity. Analysis is performed within a few seconds, as an alternative to slower laboratory methods. No specific sample or instrument preparation is required, and the measurements are totally non-destructive.


  • Fast and accurate analysis as alternative to wet laboratory techniques.
  • Does not require reagents or solvents
  • Includes turnkey calibrations for %crystallinity in PET
  • Enables additional multi-property analysis (intrinsic viscosity, wall thickness, moisture content)
  • Rugged and simple software interface
  • State of the art analytical performance
  • Low cost of ownership (10 years maintenance-free)
  • Minimal footprint
  • Transferability of calibrations to other ABB laboratory analyzers



This packaged solution features turnkey models for %crystallinity determination in PET containers. These calibrations are pre-loaded on the instrument and configured in the user-friendly Horizon QA operator interface. From the day of installation, the user can start analyzing PET containers

In addition to crystallinity, other important properties of PET that can be determined with the MB3600-CH80 include:

  • Moisture content
  • Wall thickness
  • Density
  • Hydroxyl value
  • Acid value
  • Intrinsic viscosity

Some specific sampling accessories can also be added as options:

  • Powder sampler for analysis of solids like powders, pellets or pieces of opaque packaging.
  • Universal heatable vial holder for analysis of liquids or melted plastics in disposable scintillation vials.

The accessories are positioned in the sampling compartment of the MB3600-CH80 PET Packaging Analyzer and connected to the analyzer via a USB port for automatic recognition. They can easily be swapped.

 The operator just places the piece of PET to be analyzed in the analyzer sampling compartment and follows on screen instructions. Analysis with MB3600-CH80 PET Packaging Analyzer does not require any chemical reagent, waste disposal or analytical expertise.



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