Canadian Packaging

Sidel Innovates For Greener PET Bottles


October 6, 2009
by Canadian Packaging Staff

The Sidel Group, one of the world’s leaders in beverage packaging solutions: water, carbonated soft drinks, milk, sensitive beverages, oils, beer and alcoholic beverages. has released its SBO Universal 2 range, which accelerates industrial blow molder outputs by 10 per cent – reaching 2,000 bottles per hour per mold – while also decreasing energy consumption by 10 per cent in the ovens. The result is the possibility of blowing bottles from recycled PET (Polyethylene terephthalate).

With this new record speed of 2,000 bottles per hour (bph) per mold, Sidel is widening its portfolio of solutions for the still and sparkling beverage markets. This speed, which is ideal, reliable and safe for intensive industrial operation, applies to all machines in the SBO Universal 2 range, up to SBO 24 XS.

Unplanned machine downtime is reduced to less than three per cent due to the use of more robust components and a fewer number of spare parts. It also ensures flawless productivity with guaranteed yields of 97 per cent and optimized production costs.

In addition, the new SBO Universal 2 machines benefit from the same heating reserve that is already available with SBO Universal equipment. The oven configuration with 50 milimeter pitch (distance between two spindles) ensures a sufficient heating time for an output rate of 2,000 bph per mold. New lamps and oven adaptations enable a decrease in energy consumption of up to 10 per cent.

Reaching this new performance level for blow molding represents a new step forward in reducing the environmental impact of each PET bottle during its production.

At the same time, Sidel is also committed to improving the environmental footprint of the bottle itself, by facilitating the generalization of bottles made from recycled PET resin. The 1.5-liter mineral water bottle produced at the Sidel stand with an SBO 14 –at a speed of 2,000 b/h/m- has all the attributes of a traditional PET bottle – crystallinity, resistance and elegance.

However, it can display plantbased forms on its sides since it contains 50 per cent recycled materials. This bottle is the result of a joint development with Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd., the world leader in PET preform injection systems.

For more information, visit www.sidel.com.