Bucher Emhart Glass, the leading global supplier of machinery and equipment to the glass manufacturing
industry, unveiled its first BIS machine at an open house event hosted by Nampak in South Africa on 22–23
BIS is the latest addition to Bucher Emhart Glass’ range of IS machines, and the first new machine type since
NIS was introduced in 2000. Like NIS, it offers the supreme precision of a fully servo-controlled high flexible
machine, designed to handle a wide variety of containers, sizes and weights, in smaller quantities and with
quicker job changes, as most of the existing mold can be fit (4 ¼ DG, 3”TG, 5” DG, 85 mm TG, 5 ½ DG as
BIS uses the parallel mold open/close technology pioneered on Bucher Emhart Glass AIS machines and is
available in six-, eight-, ten- and twelve-section configurations. The first machine handles double- and is
prepared for triple-gob 95 mm productions. A quad-gob 70mm version is under development and will make
BIS a servo electric glass container production machine challenging the today’s arcuate pneumatic IS
machine configurations designed on 4 1/4 , 5” and 5 ½ sections.
BIS was announced at Glasstec 2010 and successfully prototyped in 2011 at the Emhart Glass Research
Centre in Winsor USA, before the first 12 section 140 mm DG was manufactured and sold to Nampak Glass,
South Africa. In May 2013, the World’s FIRST BIS Machine was started up successfully.
Six months after start up, more than 20 Bucher Emhart Glass customers made the trip to Nampak’s plant to
see the world’s first BIS machine in operation. They were able to hear directly from Nampak staff and
managers about their positive experiences with the BIS machine. Mr. Bryne Sihlangu from Nampak brought it
in his speech to the point: “There are many Good Reasons why BIS will replace 4 ¼, 5” and 5 ½ pneumatic
machines!” Nampak’s Managing Director Mr. Stoney Steenkamp, 6 month after experiencing undisputable
features and benefits decided to get a second BIS, going into operation mid of 2014.