At the Interpack show in Dusseldorf, Germany, French packaging machinery maker Groupe Sidel unveiled a new size of its Combi CSD line that does blow molding, filling and capping operations for carbonated beverages in PET bottles.
One new feature: Sidel strengthens the bottles by rinsing them with water immediately after blowing. That prevents bottle deformation when the bottle is pressurized while being filled with carbonated beverage, when a warm bottle can weaken.
At Interpack, April 24-30, Sidel showed the new Combi range, called the SRS-G 20/90/120/20. The machine has 20 blowing stations, 90 rinsing heads, 120 filling nozzles and 10 capping stations. The press can blow, fill and cap up to 28,000 1½-liter PET bottles per hour.
Sidel of Le Havre, France, said the SRS-G also may be used to package noncarbonated liquids.
Sidel's U.S. headquarters, Sidel Inc., is based in Norcross, Ga.
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