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The new Sidel Matrix™ Hot Filler

Based on its proven experience with filling technologies, Sidel releases a new modular hot-filling solution that offers customers an extensive range of possible configurations.

Juice, nectar, soft drinks, tea and isotonics are all part of the fastest growing beverage segment. To meet consumers' growing demands for these more natural and fresher beverages that include pulps or fruit pieces, production requires the highest levels of quality. Food safety is a non-negotiable and highly critical objective.

 

To meet these high production standards for beverages of this kind, Sidel has developed the new Matrix Hot Filler for high or low acidity products and beverages with and without particles. It is further supported by packaging solutions, process capabilities, and blow moulding and labelling expertise for a complete competitive global line solution.

 

Based on 40-years experience in hot-fill packaging solutions

When a customer requires a hot-fill bottling line, Sidel always starts by evaluating the entire project right down to the packaging. The design has to be able to adapt to the filling temperature and any lightweighting requirements. With this knowledge, Sidel can find the right technology for safe and efficient blowing and filling. With over 40-years experience in hot-fill solutions for both glass and PET, including innovative PET heat resistant (HR) packaging solutions, Sidel has installed more than 900 pieces of equipment worldwide. Sidel's first hot-filling into glass took place back in 1969 while the company's blow-moulding heat resistant process expertise dates back to 1986.

 

Using Sidel's extensive knowledge of sensitive shelf stable products and hot filling technologies, the new Matrix Hot Filler has been designed with proven electronic filling valves equipped with individual flow-meters. The new hot filler has already proven itself to be highly reliable in determining the filling volume having been based on existing robust filling technology. broad configuration possibilities Available in a wide range of configurations to fit any purpose for any kind of end products packaged in PET containers, the new hot filler manages any product size from 200 to 2,000 ml, at speeds that range from 6,000 to 60,000 bottles per hour. It is available for flat products, such as teas, isotonic beverages, juices and nectars, and its Integrated Sacs Dosing (ISD) means it can also handle products with pulps or fruit pieces, sacs or fibres for products like pulpy juices, flavoured waters with fruit pieces, or the special Chinese Aloe vera or coconut-based drinks.

 

The Matrix Hot Filler is available in block rinser configuration for flat beverages (SF 700 FM with a grid valve), for products with small pulps and fibres up to 1x10 mm (SF 700 FM with a plunger valve) or for pieces up to 10x10x10 (SF 700 FM ISD with a volumetric bits dosing turret). All three filling solutions can be part of a fully integrated blow-fill-cap solution with the Combi configuration.

 

Modular and robust

Based on a consolidated and proven filling technology, the Matrix Hot Filler has been created as a modular solution. In terms of equipment life cycle, it can easily be adapted to meet customers' future production needs and its upgradeable platform allows customers to benefit from the advantages of Sidel's future technical developments. All components are made from stainless steel and rightly sized for a robust design that fits with beverage industry standards and ensures a long equipment life cycle.

 

Hygienic design for product quality and integrity

With the hygienic design and contactless filling valve of its Matrix Hot-Filler, Sidel implements all the actions and specifications to meet food safety requirements. The specific configuration of its process design is characterised by a product supply tank located outside the filling carousel. From this external product tank, the product is delivered by pump to a product distributor ring situated on the top of the carrousel. This always remains full of product so there is no contact between air and product. Product recirculation is not mandatory during production, which ensures product quality. Furthermore, the bottle is not in contact with the filling valve, which avoids any cross contamination and allows potential lightweighting.

 

The filling environment can be adapted according to the level of hygiene required by the product with different alternatives available: an open enclosure with the option of a roof with an air filtration unit, as well as a reduced enclosure. With this version of the reduced enclosure, which is an ISO 6 (class 1000), the filling area volume has been lowered by 72% compared with the standard configuration with roof. This offers greater potential in terms of hygiene. Fewer chemicals are required to clean the space and less filtered air treats the filling area. This configuration uses an automatic cleaning system and thanks to the collecting trays located around the basement and the carousel, all the cleaning effluents are drained into one single point.

 

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