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Fast, sensitive beverage filling meets Chinese PET single-serve needs - Sidel

1 comment04-Jul-2012

Sidel has told BeverageDaily.com that its new High Speed Combi Predis FMa filling system was designed meet the high volumes demanded by the single-serve PET beverage market in countries like China.

Françoise Raoul Duval, Sidel’s vice president for sensitive products, told this publication that Combi Predis had spread rapidly across the world since its 2006 launch, with Europe and Asia the two most “booming” markets – Sidel has sold over 60 systems to date.

Duval said that Sidel’s new generation High Speed Combi Predis FMa aseptic PET filler – pencilled in for an H2 2012 launch – was an evolution of the firm’s current range, and was designed to produce single-serve bottles ranging from 200ml to 750ml litres at 48,000 bottles per hour.

“It is suitable for on-the-go consumption by simultaneously achieving very high output rates for the single-serve PET bottle market while reducing operating costs by improving productivity.  It can manage any kind of end products, from juice to UHT or soya milk,” Duval said.

Middle Eastern growth

High Speed Combi Predis FMa combines blow moulding, filling and capping, and provides pre-form and cap sterilisation via a ‘dry’ hydrogen peroxide mist that replaces the traditional need to rinse bottles; thus it significantly cuts chemical use and does not require water.

Combi Predis was first launched for use with extended shelf life (ESL) dairy products in 2006, and Duval said it could now package any kind of sensitive beverage, where demand for such products was growing in the Middle East and Africa, in particular.

Appropriate application areas include high acid ambient products and apple juice; high acid carbonates without preservatives; aseptic low acid ambient products and UHT milk.

So were there any applications that were particularly popular? “It is really popular to fill ESL dairy products and to aseptically fill juices, teas, ambient as well as UHT milk,” Duval said.

Chinese market evolution

With Sidel planning to launch its new high speed machine in response to Asian market demand for high speed filling within territories where there was increasing pressure on water supplies, could Duval pinpoint any countries in particular?

Duval cited China, where he said the beverage industry had grown consistently by over 20% year-on-year over the past 10 years, with 2010 production (excluding dairy and beer) hitting 100.8m tonnes.

“The market has not only evolved in terms of growth, but also in terms of quality. This is a market where health and well-being of people is more and more engaged,” Duval said.

“That’s why the beverage industry has to drive innovation and production efficiency, with a specific focus on food safety.”

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speed per hour is outdated

Sidel makes fantastic machines of course, but being at the heart of the business we see that many of the large industry players have started to realize that the speed/output of the filling system measured hourly is meaningless.

Reason being that it doesn't take into account the downtime for maintenance, sterilization, run-times, etc. What all big players have started to do is translating hourly output requirements into yearly output requirements.

Suddenly high speed machines seem to be outperformed by some of the lower speed machines because of less downtime, and higher efficiency of overall equipment in a lower speed line. I think it is amazing this wasn't realized before. Probably because there are too many people making simple paper based comparisons before they purchase their equipment.

All in all it makes for interesting discussion and possibly a revolutionary new look at machine speeds and efficiencies. Possibly in the future we will all be talking about yearly production output, or 'real yearly production availability' instead of hourly speed.

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Posted by Peter Draman
03 August 2012 | 08h55

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