PETnology Americas 2019 Program Highlight

Blowmolder Maintenance: A New Perspective


Robert Cowden

Chief Operating Officer
Agr International, Inc.

Bob Cowden serves AGR in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer responsible for the Profit/Loss of the business.  He has worked in that capacity for the last 18 years following a number of management assignments of increasing responsibility. 

Bob joined AGR in 1995 after having worked for Abbott Laboratories and Deloitte and Touche. Bob earned a Masters of Business Administration from The Ohio State University in 1990. Bob and Karen Cowden have 3 daughters and reside in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.


The current blowmolder maintenance practices reflect technologies of the past.  New technologies are available that provide the opportunity for delayed and targeted maintenance, leading to increased production efficiency and quality – at a lower cost. The vision of the future is a "smart blowmolder" that informs the maintenance team of issues that need repaired or replaced.

Robert Cowden of Agr will discuss this exciting new approach towards blowmolder management and PET bottle production.