Sidel expands blowing expertise with launch of EvoBLOW XL for large PET containers

FRANCE – Packaging solutions provider Sidel is demonstrating its blowing expertise by launching the ultra-fast EvoBLOW XL for large PET containers.

The new machine extends Sidel’s blowing capabilities for sizes up to 10L PET bottles and is suitable for water, edible oil and food markets.

With 75% of parts in common with the existing EvoBLOW range, the solution builds on Sidel’s proven performance and has been designed for multiple markets. Future developments are also taking place to extend the technology to address hotfill products. 

With ever-changing consumer demands, the packaging industry requires solutions that can handle larger formats while being user-friendly and ergonomic.

Sidel offers more flexibility for the packaging industry by launching its new blowing machine to produce larger bottles with the highest level of production efficiency.

EvoBLOW XL provides packaging quality, safety and sustainability benefits that can also be emphasized with its connectivity to the Evo-ON software suite, which supports customers to optimize production lines.

Available as a stand-alone or integrated combi solution, EvoBLOW XL is a versatile machine that can provide a high level of quality and extended performance for a wide range of bottle formats for up to 8L to 10L, explains the company.

It features flexible oven configurations with a wide choice of bottleneck dimensions which demonstrates its flexibility to handle many types of large bottles.

The EvoBLOW XL complements Sidel’s existing complete line capabilities for large containers.

In addition, EvoBLOW XL also achieves high production efficiency with the highest market-blowing outputs, up to 18,000 bottles per hour (bph) and 98% proven Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).

The new machine has been designed to offer a high level of flexibility for customers and offers several attractive features for efficient changeovers, ensuring a user-friendly process.

Equipped with an ergonomic embedded mould handling tool, heavy mould positioning is simplified and ensures safety. Additionally, the mobile mould storage unit provides fast and safe access to moulds close to the machine.

EvoBLOW XL can also be integrated easily with other Sidel solutions such as its latest ultrarapid changeover system Bottle Switch.

In addition to its flexibility, EvoBLOW XL has also been developed to manage the challenges associated with rPET grades and possesses proven process capabilities from virgin PET to up to 100% rPET.

Additionally, EvoBLOW XL offers lightweighting opportunities for customers which can provide significant savings on PET costs and minimise CO2 emissions.

This includes the possibility of switching from HDPE to PET large bottles to further reduce the carbon footprint. Further sustainability benefits are also achieved through the new design of blowing circuits and valves which help reduce energy consumption.

While being a sustainable solution, EvoBLOW XL also helps to be cost-effective, maintaining impressive levels of efficiency with the highest market outputs.

In its sustainability drive, Sidel recently partnered with Coca-Cola Europacific Partners to launch tethered caps for the latter’s polyethene terephthalate (PET) bottles.

The launch of attached caps and the implementation of a new lighter neck, with 1-gram savings, was associated with risks like choosing the proper preforms, caps, and equipment configurations to switch across all CCEP’s existing PET packaging lines in Europe.

In the planning phase, pilot tests for the new product were handled on two different lines, including one Sidel line in Barcelona.

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