As INLINE went to press in August 2017, everybody who’s anybody in the beverage packaging industry was getting ready for Drinktec. This world-leading trade fair attracts visitors from all over the world to Munich, where they can meet other industry professionals and keep up with the latest industry developments.

With over 160 years of experience in the food, beverage, home and personal care packaging industry, the Sidel Group is well placed to transform understanding of global trends, consumer demands and
beverage supply chains into production solutions that maximise customers’ performance.
Drinktec 2017 saw the unveiling of new Sidel and Gebo Cermex product launches) under the Sidel Group Agility 4.0 framework. This offers customers digitally-aided understanding, enhanced performance, and mass customisation opportunities for packaging (see page 36). Drinktec 2017 also provided the perfect opportunity to reveal three early-stage innovations that are designed to meet market needs for customisation, efficiency and sustainability. All without compromising on TCO optimisation, high product quality and enhanced versatility.



The new laser oven technology is a breakthrough in PET packaging that builds on the solid state emitter trend for LED to perform accurate preforms heating with infrared. This extends the process capability and flexibility of the existing blower for improved bottle quality and greater packaging opportunities.
Diode technology is able to emit a more focussed narrow spectrum selected to optimise in-depth interaction with polymers, such as PET. The laser diodes irradiate at low temperatures of 30-40°C without the need for
oven ventilation. Furthermore, with three times as many heating zones versus a halogen oven and twice as many preforms handled in double rows in front of two face-to-face heating modules, the heating time required is reduced to just a few seconds. These shorter heating modules allow a very compact machine with a potentially reduced oven footprint of up to 60% for optimised line layout.
The extensive process window increases packaging opportunities with more freedom in bottle shape design. The stable and accurate heating process allows consistent material distribution without ventilation for production efficiency and high-quality bottles from the very first one.
This laser heating solution is highly user-friendly, with very few parameters to set up.
Changeover is fast and efficient with minimal manual intervention, a reduced number of spindles to change and a quick machine startup after stoppage. This oven technology also reduces the maintenance needed because of the long lifetime of the diode.

■ Top bottle quality
■ Wider process window
■ Production stability and flexibility



Imagine being able to fill much faster with fewer filling valves while labelling at the same time. This is what the Combi + is designed to do. In spite of its compact design, it carries out filling and labelling in one process step, giving manufacturers high levels of performance while saving space and removing the need for a dedicated labelling carousel.
The Combi + achieves high speed on larger formats for both still and carbonated drinks at a wider range of temperatures and carbonation levels. The integrated labelling stations offer complete flexibility by making it possible to fill and label an unlimited number of bottle shapes with roll-fed and PSL label types.
Sustainability has also been top of mind in the design of the Combi +. It reduces capital expenditure and total cost of ownership through its smaller filler size, fewer valves and the ability to remove the labelling carousel, and also the bottle warmer and product chiller.
■ Complete flexibility
■ High performance in a small footprint
■ Sustainable and cost-effective operations



In manufacturing, product customisation is moving from a nice-to-have to a must-have if manufacturers and brand owners want to stay competitive. This is placing a range of new demands on production lines. With the new EvoBRAND Active, bottles can be differentiated by activating part of the label design directly in the plant. This makes it easier to run specialised marketing or communication
campaigns on the bottle itself.
Direct printing of this type offers fast time to market and allows manufacturers to customise smaller batches. This means less storage, greater flexibility and a reduced risk of unsold product – all of which lead to more cost-effective production.
The printer overcomes any possible quality issues by using laser activation. Not only is this cleaner than traditional inkjet printing, it also reduces environmental impact because it uses no ink and no solvent to clean the equipment. As there is no ink inject inside the PET bottle, the sustainability credentials of the printer are enhanced further, and the bottle itself remains fully recyclable.
■ Safer solution with no ink or chemicals
in production lines
■ Higher productivity with easy management
of infinite stock keeping units
■ Increased customisation possibilities and
consumer engagement
■ Fast time to market – very high speed with
high quality
■ Small footprint and easy installation on
existing lines
■ Drastically reduced maintenance and waste

Performance through understanding
The Sidel Group – comprising Sidel, Gebo Cermex and Novembal – is continuously working on exploring new technologies and innovations that enable manufacturers to achieve superior performance across their supply chains. These three concepts are just some of the new developments in the pipeline.
By involving customers in their development and embedding their feedback and input at an early stage, these innovations can meet exact market needs and offer the high performance the market requires.