Sidel’s new energy-efficient bottle cap feeder validated by Hansa-Heemann
After its launch, Eco-Aidlin was industrially validated by German water producer and expects electricity and compressed air savings of 10%
Close customer proximity
German bottler Hansa-Heemann's plant in Bruchsal has three Sidel lines. Due to the Sidel R&D centre for cap feeder development and production being close to the Bruchsal site, Sidel can be there in an hour to make essential modifications. This is why a prototype Eco-Aidlin cap feeder was installed initially on a bypass in order to assess its reliability. "Economic reasons were by far the most crucial factor" explains Thomas Herzog, the plant manager. "For us, it's important not only for the machines to operate perfectly, but also to generate future energy savings."
Wide portfolio of drinks
The town of Bruchsal - home to Hansa-Heemann AG's bottling plant - is located just 20 kilometres from Karlsruhe, the former capital of Baden. With many surrounding springs, this production site in south-western Germany is in an especially favourable postion for product logistics, with efficient transport connections. In its search for new solutions, Hansa-Heemann offers a number of container types, forms and formats ranging from returnable PET to non-refillable PET bottles.
- Installation of Eco-Aidlin cap feeder - on a bypass - was up and running in 2 days
- Successful industrial validation after trial with client lasting 12 months
- Lower energy consumption
Efficient cap feeding combined with quick cap change
The Eco-Aidlin range offers lower energy consumption for handling off-spec caps, which is reduced tenfold compared to standard compressed air cap feeders. The cap feeder is characterised by a horizontal wheel instead of a conventional elevator system, so the caps are in the right position when picked up. Correctly aligned caps then travel through on the wheel. From there, they are raised in a vertical column to the required height for feeding into the capper. Thomas Herzog explains "We are very happy with the functioning of the cap feeder. In terms of energy, we're confident that upcoming studies will confirm results of 10% savings in electricity and compressed air."