Following the cooperation agreement made in June 2014 under which Bucher Emhart Glass launched its new BlankRadar (based on two of XPAR Vision’s products, the Gob Assist (GA) and the Blank Temperature Control (BTC)), XPAR Vision and Bucher Emhart Glass extended this agreement.

Under the extended agreement, Bucher Emhart Glass will sell the XPAR IR-D system under the Bucher Emhart Glass brand ‘FlexRadar’. It will replace the actual FlexRadar system, which was developed by Bucher Emhart Glass.

As with the BlankRadar, Bucher Emhart Glass will provide full support for the FlexRadar system, including Sales & Marketing, Documentation, Installation and Maintenance, Training and System integration.

XPAR Vision will continue to sell, market and support their own IR-D system independently.

Also, XPAR will continue to implement future enhancements and developments to the system based on customers’ and Bucher Emhart Glass requests.

The new FlexRadar will be available through Bucher Emhart Glass from Q2 2017 onwards.

The extended cooperation will allow both companies to focus on their core competencies and achieve their strategic goals.

For Bucher Emhart Glass it is to realise the End-to-End vision for container glass production by automating the process from gob forming to the inspection of glass containers.

For XPAR it is to develop hot end sensors, data integration and robotics for the purpose of efficiency improvement, weight reduction and automation.

This agreement does not interfere with any other agreement that either party already has.

“The new FlexRadar system contains state-of-the art sensor technologies developed by XPAR which will enable Bucher Emhart Glass to focus on automation and production support, including closed loop developments.

“In a broader context, this extended agreement between XPAR and Bucher Emhart Glass leads to an unrestricted strategic partnership in the future,” confirms Martin Jetter, President of Bucher Emhart Glass.

“This agreement is an important step forward. Our joint forces will optimise the container glass production process and make the container glass more competitive with other packaging materials,” says Paul Schreuders, CEO of XPAR Vision.