UK's natural spring water company Montgomery Waters has invested in second PET bottling line from liquid packaging solutions provider Sidel.
Sidel's complete line includes compact blow-fill-cap Combi solution featuring a Sidel Matrix blower SBO14 and a Sidel Matrix filler SF300 FM, along with a Sidel Matrix rollfed labeller SL70 and conveying, shrink wrapping and palletisation equipment.
The Sidel Matrix Combi with blendfill version of the Sidel Matrix Carbonator uses only one buffer tank, thereby reducing the CO2 consumption.
The equipment's 70 filling valves with magnetic flow meters are electronically controlled to ensure accurate volume filling into the PET bottle and therefore avoiding spillage and beverage waste, Sidel said.
Sidel Matrix Combi blow-fill-cap solution is claimed to improve hygiene while simultaneously cutting costs to bottle still or carbonated beverages.
Montgomery Waters managing director Paul Delves said: "In 2012 we moved to in-house blowing and updated our labeling by upgrading our existing high speed line, increasing production capacity by 50%, with a Sidel Matrix Combi, labeller and conveyors from Sidel.
"Now increased demand from both consumers and our customers meant we needed to invest in an additional line - one that offered maximum flexibility and could be integrated with the solutions we had already installed to provide operator flexibility across our lines, reduce training needs and maintenance costs.
"These are the two main reasons we chose Sidel Matrix equipment - along with the fact that we are very satisfied with Sidel's on-site service."
Sidel said that its Matrix labeller can be installed in various different layouts and easily reconfigured. It allows quick changeovers, with 40% less downtime required for maintenance.
The line will be capable of producing PET water bottles in four formats ranging from from 330ml to 2l at speeds of up to 31,000 bottles per hour.
Chinese natural mineral water firm Nongfu Spring also recently installed a second Sidel bottling line to ramp up its production capacity.
Nongfu Spring recently switched from high density polyethylene to PET for its bottled water packaging.
Source : pet.packaging-business-review.com