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New EvoFILL Can filling solution

Source:Ringier Food

Date Published:9/26/2018 11:09:06 PM

Sidel takes beverage can filling up a notch with a new solution for producing sustainable, hygienic and flexible products.  

WITH its latest solution EvoFILL Can, Sidel aims to help beverage manufacturers meet their food safety standards, minimise Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), and prepare for future production needs. This solution provides them with the flexibility to change between still and carbonated, as well as hot-, ambient- and cold-filled beverages.

EvoFILL Can from Sidel

Food safety and hygiene addressed

THE “no base” design of the EvoFILL Can ensures overall easy cleaning and residue-free product in the filling environment, while an improved CO2 pre-flushing system results in utmost food safety. Consuming less CO2 in total, this feature improves beverage quality. In a brewery, this would save resources because of the lower O2 pick-up, down to 30 ppb.

With a single or double can infeed available, EvoFILL Can allows for a flexible upstream line configuration. With the solution operating at high speeds of over 130,000 cans per hour (cph), the double infeed allows for the best can quality as containers suffer much less stress and no damage.

Sidel’s new drive system is enabled by servomotors; a mechanical transmission between the filler and the seamer is not required, thus eliminating the need for lubrication and any moving parts in the filling area. Since water is not needed to lubricate rollers, there is no potential for contamination i.e. of water dripping down during the filling process nor remaining inside the filling environment.

Fully cleanable handling parts with reduced top surfaces ensure utmost hygiene. Cleaning is more effective and there is no risk of chemical agent or water residual.

 New "no base" design ensures easy cleaning and is very accessible.

Unique features make the difference

Unlike other solutions, EvoFill has an external beverage tank and integrated small chamber that ensure effective cleaning of all parts that come in contact with the beverage. The chamber is completely full and accommodates the product only, so cleaning is easier and cost of maintenance is reduced. On top of this, the external tank acts as an enabler for the Sidel BlendFILL configuration, the compact solution which combines the mixer and the filling buffer tank in one single skid. BlendFILL is a safe and hygienic solution with much fewer components and functions that avoids redundant pressure and level control functions, reduces consumption of CO2, as well as the equipment footprint, and minimises product waste when switching between beverages.

Reducing TCO

With efficiency of 98.5%, the new EvoFILL Can significantly reduces TCO: the solution has a filling accuracy of 1ml standard deviation (≤ 500ml cans), thanks to the new valve design, which generates less product waste. Additionally, with an increased lifetime of 12,000 hours before replacement, the main components of the filling valves significantly reduce downtime for maintenance and relative costs.

For higher overall line availability, star wheels and guides are built in lightweight sectors for easy and quick replacement, with changeovers possible in less than 30 minutes. Maximum uptime is also secured through the integrated pneumatic box: this feature – an industry first – makes maintenance and access to the filler carousel easier, as there is only one pneumatic box per valve and zero pneumatic pipes in the filling environment. These are only a handful of features that demonstrate how the solution contributes to a sustainable business performance.

For higher overall line availability, star wheels and guides are built in light-weight sectors for easy and quick replacement, with change- overs possible in less than 30 minutes.

Maximum uptime is also secured through the integrated pneumatic box: this feature – an industry first – makes maintenance and access to the filler carousel easier, as there is only one pneumatic box per valve and zero pneumatic pipes in the filling environment. These are only a handful of features that demonstrate how the solution contributes to a sustainable business performance.

For maximum uptime, the integrated pneumatic box – an industry first – allows for easier maintenance and a very clean filling environment.

Greater beverage and format flexibility

Without compromising the performance of the line, a wide range of beverage temperatures can now be processed: beer can be filled up to 18°C and CSD over 20°C. All of this eliminates the need for a chilling unit, thus achieving massive energy savings.

With 54 to 182 filling valves on EvoFILL Can’s carousel, manufacturers are able to handle a wide range of speeds and can sizes, from 150ml up to 1L. The new valve centring bell design eliminates the need for changeovers of all possible can-end types in the beverage industry – from 200 to 209 – for maximised uptime. Likewise, the varying height of the cans is no longer a challenge, as the carousel adjustment is fully automatic. To further demonstrate its unprecedented flexibility, EvoFILL Can has the capacity to fill CSD at ambient temperature and still drinks in hot-fill, thus accommodating a wide range of beverages via a single piece of equipment.

“At Sidel, product quality and an advanced level of performance are important drivers for our innovations. With the new EvoFILL Can, we are perfectly meeting these requirements: the solution tackles all needs of being sustainable, hygienic and flexible, getting producers ready for future challenges in canned drinks production,” concludes Stefano Baini, Product Manager Filling at Sidel.

 

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