drinktec 2017 preview

How to ensure tastes and flavors “remain absolutely pure”

By Jenny Eagle

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The Trelleborg Sealing Solutions team who will be at drinktec. Picture: Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.
The Trelleborg Sealing Solutions team who will be at drinktec. Picture: Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.

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The beverage industry is faced with major challenges as far as filling and packaging is concerned, according to Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.

It claims with so much diversity in drink and dairy products currently, different types of beverages have to be filled by a single plant.


It is very important the aromas do not become intermixed – this applies especially to smaller producers, for example micro-breweries which make varieties of craft beer with different flavors, such as fig, grapefruit or coffee​,” said Carsten Stehle, MD, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.

The seal developer, manufacturer and supplier will be showcasing its range of sealing systems and materials, which ensure the safe, reliable and hygienic filling and packaging of drinks and dairy products at drinktec.

Trelleborg will talk about how it uses Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to simulate the behavior of molded parts during installation and in actual usage to improve the function of the seal before production of the prototype, as well as allowing a number of simulated design options.

Bacteriological contamination

The technique can also facilitate the early detection of dead space in a plant, so that deposits and possible bacteriological contamination can be avoided – a filling plant with no dead space requires fewer cleaning cycles.

Trelleborg will demonstrate how it accompanies the customer from initial design via the prototype to a complete solution including custom-delivery if required.

The sealing specialist offers technical advice from a standard part in ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber (EPDM) or complex molded components made from specialist materials such as Isolast perfluoroelastomer (FFKM), to project management, spare parts and plant maintenance.

"The carryover of flavors is an issue that can arise in a filling plant when different drinks or dairy products pass through the system one after the other​,” added Martin Krüger, area sales manager, Industrial, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.

For tastes and flavors to remain absolutely pure, the seals in the plant need to fit perfectly and must meet the highest standards of hygiene​."

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions will be exhibiting at drinktec in Munich, Germany, from September 11-15, in Hall A3, Stand 549.

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