The new line in detail:
The line will be equipped to handle disposable PET containers and two-way PET bottles in returnable crates. This requires a combined palletiser, which is fitted with two infeed tables: For shrink packs with disposable bottles, the Modulpal Pro 2A features a shutter-type head that pushes the layers onto the pallet. For two-way containers, the palletiser uses a hook gripper head. The shrink packs are produced on a Variopac Pro FS with integrated handle applicator. As an option, shrink packs of four disposable bottles, for example, can beforehand be put on trays on a Variopac Pro T.
The line fills ten different container types, ranging in size between 0.5 and 1.5 litres. It fills carbonated beverages into bottles with a 28-mm neck finish and still beverages into 38-mm wide-neck bottles. Quick-change mechanisms are provided for neck-handling clamps and preform mandrels, for example. The Modulfill VFS filler has been designed without lift cylinders, for product feed from above.
The plant in Adelboden is located at an elevation of 1,350 metres, which makes it one of the highest filling facilities in Europe. The pressure conditions in the Contiform 3 Speed blow-moulder had to be specifically calculated to suit this altitude above sea level. It was not least the layout, which has been optimally matched to the space constraints in the hall, that really won the customer over. This configuration was made possible by the small footprint of the ErgoBloc L, in particular, which also requires fewer operators.