To increase the capacity of its Prolom mineral water production facility, the Serbian spa resort owner and bottler Planinka is again turning to Sidel, the leading provider of production equipment and services for liquids in PET, in establishing a new complete line. Maintaining the healthy properties of Prolom water was key for this customer. This is why the excellent hygienic conditions and the high accuracy offered by the Sidel Matrix™ equipment represented a central factor in the decision making process. Also important was the mutual trust built between the two companies during their cooperation of almost 10 years.
Planinka has worked with Sidel since 2007, when it purchased its first blower, a Universal SBO 6, for its water bottling line at its facility in Prolom Banja.As Mr. DragoslavIlic, Head of ProlomVoda says, “We have been supported by Sidel for nearly a decade now - and consequently we have great confidence in both their equipment and the expertise they provide.”So when the company decided to invest for the first time in a complete new production line to meet the demands of its domestic and export markets, it capitalised on the existing, trusted relationship established with Sidel.
“As top producers in the beverage business, we are looking for great performance and the lowest possible total cost of ownership (TCO) from all our production lines,” continues Mr. Ilic. “The main challenge of this particular project related to space constraints. However, Sidel’s line project team was able to offer the solution to fit all the component machinery needed for the line into the available space in a safe and functional way.”
As this is the first occasion that Planinka has purchased a complete mineral water production line - including a Combi solution comprising blowing, filling and capping processes in a single system - the company conducted some investigative trips in both Serbia and Italy before finalising its decision.
The complete new line installation will begin in October 2016, at the ProlomVoda facility, and will operate in addition to the existing PET bottling line.It will include a compact Sidel Matrix Combi, featuring a Sidel Matrix blower SBO 6 and a Sidel Matrix Filler SF100 FM with 36 valves.The Sidel Matrix Combi is based on the most cost effective technology of the latest generation of Sidel Matrix systems.The Combi system integrates the blow-fill-cap functions in a single unit - with neck-handling transfer of bottles enabling potential for lightweight bottles - occupying up to 30% less floor space and requiring only one operator, due to its single and simple control interface. Sidel Matrix SBO blowers create the very highest PET bottle quality and performance. They offer the flexibility to pick and choose a size and shape that best fit specific production needs.With three sizes of blowing stations and up to 200 possible blower configurations, almost endless distinctive light or ultra-lightweight bottle shapes are possible in sizes ranging from 0.1 litre to 3.5 litres.
Additionally, the new 13,200 bph Prolom PET bottling line will feature the contactless Sidel Matrix Filler SF100 FM, suitably developed to handle with high precision the filling of beverages with little or no conductivity.For high accuracy and improved efficiency, it minimises product losses and its external tank holding the beverage is easy to clean.All parts that come into contact with the water are made from stainless steel AISI (American Iron and Steel Institute) 316L.A tight enclosure, featuring HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters on the roof, keeps the filling environment safe, preventing risk of contamination and further increasing the already excellent standards of hygiene.The health properties of natural Prolom water are vital to the appeal of the brand so maintaining these through a fully hygienic bottling process is central to the brand’s ongoing success.