Sanpellegrino 2018

The challenge

Sanpellegrino, part of Nestlé Waters, is the leading beverage company in Italy, offering a diversified product and packaging portfolio that comprises four still and sparkling mineral water brands – including the country’s leading brand, Levissima – as well as various soft drinks and teas. Sanpellegrino aimed to increase the output rates according to the different bottle formats it produces at its site in Ruspino, northern Italy. The line dedicated to the bigger formats - 750ml, 1000ml and 1250ml – was projected to grow output rates to 36,000 bottles per hour, while the one used to produce the 0.5 litre bottles was intended to increase speed to 54,000 bottles per hour.

The solution

Sanpellegrino wanted to increase performance and production capacity, with no compromises on food safety. The Sidel Matrix Combi, the most powerful solution in terms of performance, flexibility, cost savings and sustainability, was the natural choice. Combining blow moulding, filling and capping processes into a single system, this solution reduces operating costs and uses up to 30% less floor space compared with traditional standalone equipment. By integrating the different equipment types and production phases into a single system, while eliminating conveying, empty bottle handling, accumulation and storage, line efficiency is improved for a lower total cost of ownership (TCO). Both Combis supplied to the Ruspino site are equipped with Sidel's SF300 FM filler, ensuring strict hygiene via a reduced filler enclosure, fully automatic changeovers performed via Human Machine Interface (HMI), optimum uptime and highest productivity.

The outcome

Using fewer component machines, Sidel Matrix Combi offers 2-4% higher efficiency levels than standalone machines, faster format changeovers, lower energy consumption and a reduction of operating costs by 8-12% as a result of savings on labour, raw materials and spare parts.  Handling the bottles by the neck throughout the latter stages of the production process and eliminating intermediary conveying offers greater freedom of shape and significant lightweighting opportunities. Featuring a unique look and feel, the PET version of the Sanpellegrino bottle was conceived and designed to be enjoyed both at home and on the go.

"“The installation of both Sidel Matrix Combis was performed without affecting our production planning, and we are equally confident that our collaboration with Sidel will ensure that we quickly attain our top line efficiency objectives and, with the company’s ongoing support, even improve them.”"

Salvatore Sbriglione

Plant Director at Sanpellegrino

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