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Sidel to support Plannika in establishing new production line

DBR Staff Writer Published 30 September 2016

Serbian mineral water producer Plannika has selected Sidel to provide a complete line solution.

Plannika has partnered with Sidel since 2007, when it purchased Universal SBO 6, a blower for its water bottling line.

Since then, Sidel has been providing equipment as well as services to Plannika.

The installation of the new line is scheduled to start next month at the Prolom Voda facility. It will operate simultaneously with the existing PET bottling line.

The new line will include Sidel Matrix Combi which will comprise of blowing, filling and capping processes in a single system.

Sidel Matrix Combi will include a Matrix blower SBO6 and Matrix Filler SF100 FM with 36 valves. It will combine blow-fill-cap functions into a single unit with neck-handling transfer of bottles, where there is a potential to handle lightweight bottles that occupy 30% less floor space.

Sidel claims that its Matrix SBO blowers can create high quality Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. The blowers give the flexibility to choose from different sizes and shapes that best fit the specific needs of the production.

The blower has three sizes of blowing stations with up to 200 possible blower configurations and endless distinctive light or lightweight bottle shapes for bottles ranging in sizes 0.1 litre to 3.5litres.

The new line will have the capacity of filling up 13,200 bottles per hour (bph) and it will feature Sidel Matrix Filler SF100 FM, which is a contact-less filer, developed to handle high precision filling of beverages with little or no conductivity.

The filler machine can minimise product losses for high accuracy and improved efficiency and the external tank holding the beverage is also easy to clean.

Furthermore, Sidel also claims that all the parts that come into contact with water are made from American Iron and Steel Institute stainless steel 316L.

The fillers on the roof are high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) with tight enclosure that keep the filling environment safe and prevent the risk of contamination, increasing the standards of safety.

Prolom Voda head Dragoslav Ilic said: "As top producers in the beverage business, we are looking for great performance and the lowest possible total cost of ownership (TCO) from all our production lines.

"The main challenge of this particular project related to space constraints.  However, Sidel's line project team was able to offer the solution to fit all the component machinery needed for the line into the available space in a safe and functional way."

Image: Sidel to supply complete production line machinery for Plannika. Photo: Courtesy of Sidel.