Another launch at drinktec, the new Super Combi from Sidel has been designed and engineered as a single smart solution, which makes life easier for producers of water and CSD beverages. It does so via integrated data-driven intelligence, making optimum performance easily and continuously achievable across the entire production process.

Sidel Super Combi is the next generation solution integrating five process steps: preform feeder, blower, labeller, filler/capper and cap feeder into an all-in-one smart system. To deliver this self-optimising performance and increased long-term value, it combines intelligent automation with innovative technologies of connected machines and data-analytics management, leading to optimised production and maintenance services.Consumer preferences are broadening and overall demand is increasing due to unprecedented population growth, increased consumer spending power and growing demand for personalisation of products in terms of design and taste. The ability of production solutions to satisfy output requirements for new products efficiently, while implementing technologies that improve long-term viability, has become vital to manufacturers’ success.

KHS: Technology 4.0 and lightweight bottles

The KHS Group exhibits the future of filling and packaging systems under the motto "Technology 4.0", at drinktec, presenting new systems for all container segments and all branches of industry, from small craft brewers to large water bottlers.

"Technology 4.0 means that innovative strength and future viability continue to characterise our systems and services. The focus of attention here is on the innovative use of digitisation as well as new concepts throughout the entire production process," explains Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer, Chairman of the Executive Management Board. This enables KHS to optimise the total cost of ownership (TCO) of its customers and ensure greater sustainability in all processes. The exhibits to be presented in Munich include absolute world innovations in virtually all areas of application.

Innovation updates include an impressively light bottle.

Five grams for 500 millilitres: with its Factor 100 half-litre PET bottle the KHS Group presents an extremely lightweight container. The lightest 0.5-litre PET bottle for still water known to KHS to date is the result of a cooperation between KHS and Canadian injection moulding machine manufacturer and market leader Husky.  The innovative design is perfectly adapted to suit its load and gives users huge material savings with the best possible stability.

The bottle’s working title of Factor 100 is based on the fact that at just five grams the bottle weighs only one hundredth of its volume of 500 millilitres. “Compared to what was previously the lightest bottle on the international market to date, the new bottle allows a huge reduction in materials of about a third,” explains Christian Rommel, project engineer for Bottles & Shapes™ at KHS Corpoplast.

Closing the loop with kegs

Netherlands-based Lightweight Containers BV has been working hard to develop innovative recycling technologies together with technology institutes and partners. At drinktec, the company presented the first KeyKeg made from 10% used KeyKegs and a total of 40% recycled materials, with an aim to close the loop and continuously increase this percentage.

Chief Commercial Officer Anita Veenendal says: ”Collection is a challenge, but we have seen successes with two pilot models in Amsterdam. Beverage distributors collect the empty kegs during their rounds, and bars and restaurants are happy to cooperate. We are expecting to start a similar pilot in the United Kingdom soon, which is a growing market for us. We are also testing collection at beer and music festivals.”