Sidel expands its range of hot fillers


Sidel’s Veloce FM guarantees accurate filling thanks to electronic flow meters that measure the precise amount of product to be filled. Because the Veloce FM does not recirculate the product through the bottle, the system eliminates cross contamination from the bottle into the filling valve. This feature guarantees higher product quality. Sidel will demonstrate the Veloce FM filler at Pack Expo in Chicago (USA) on November 9-13, 2008.

Sidel hot fill technology
Sidel’s hot fill portfolio includes three different machine configurations: wet (with water rinser), dry (without water rinser) and ultra clean (with chemical bottle decontamination and an isolator-style hygienic chamber). This range has been designed specifically for filling sensitive beverages packaged in PET or glass and sold at ambient temperature. This includes products such as fruit juices and nectars, teas, isotonic drinks, flavored waters, and dairy-based beverages (in the ultra clean configuration), which are becoming increasingly popular in Asia. The three filler configurations have been designed in response to specific market demands.

While the filling technologies of the Veloce and Veloce FM are different, they are built on the same simple and flexible platform consisting of a rinsing system (in the wet configuration), bottle handling, product supply, and capping system.

Hot filling on the line
Sidel also offers special package solutions, molds and blow molding machines to build a complete hot fill line.
Sidel’s range of SBO Universal HR (Heat Resistant) blow molding machines produces heat set bottles at rates up to 1,800 bottles/hour/mold – the same rate for cold filled bottles.

The panels normally required to guarantee HR bottle strength are no longer necessary. Sidel offers customers two package alternatives: a panel-less HR bottle – smooth or with ribs (in which case the bottle dome absorbs stress) or a special bottle shape design with features that absorb stress.

Finally, Sidel has developed the F300 mold, an alternative to traditional stainless steel molds normally used in HR blow molding. The new mold is made of aluminum and can withstand temperatures as high as 180°C, making it suitable for hot fill PET bottle production. Three times lighter than stainless steel molds, the F300 mold promises gains in productivity. A lighter mold means less weight loaded onto the blow molding machine, making it mechanically possible to increase output. Finally, because an aluminum mold conducts heat more efficiently than a stainless steel mold, the F300 heats up and cools down rapidly, keeping wait times to a minimum.

About hot filling
Over the past several years, hot filling has become an increasingly important technology because it is simple, proven and reliable. Hot filling means that the heated product (up to 95°C) decontaminates bottles and caps on contact and prevents cross contamination of the product supply.

About Sidel
Sidel is one of the world’s leading suppliers of beverage packaging equipment. The company employs 5,500 people around the world and is a division of Tetra Laval. Sidel’s installed base includes 250 hot fillers (first installation in 1979) and 500 blow molding machines for HR (heat resistant) PET bottles (first HR blow molding machine installed in 1986).