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Specifically developed for food and beverage applications, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions presented sealing materials for beverage filling systems. Ideal for filling and packaging equipment, these Isolast compounds provide resistance to concentrated flavouring additives, which can cause excess swelling in conventional elastomers, says the company. In addition, they withstand frequent harsh CIP (Cleaning In Place) and SIP (Sterilisation In Place) regimes, ensuring extended seal life.

With over 76,000 visitors from more than 170 countries, drinktec has chalked up the best-ever result in its 66-year history. The number of visitors rose by 10,000 over the previous event in 2013. In particular at the international level, the trade fair was able to grow attendance again, this time by 12%. The ratio of visitors from outside Germany thus rose to 67%. The number of exhibitors increased to 1,749 from 80 countries. That is mainly attributable to the wine technology trade fair SIMEI, which was held as part of drinktec for the first time, as well as further growth in the number of exhibitors at drinktec itself.

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September 15, 2017 | Inspection and coding systems

Filtec, Hall B5 - Stand 344 Filtec will be presenting the latest generation of its systems: New Filtec OMNIvision 3: At 1,400bpm this machine is said to be the fastest empty bottle inspector in the market. With high resolution cameras and rapid image processing, returnable glass and RefPET inspection is claimed to be more secure.

September 14, 2017 | The eyes of industry 4.0

Intravis, Hall A4 - Stand 344 Intravis, a vision inspection expert for the plastic packaging industry headquartered in Aachen, Germany will be represented for the first time with their own booth at Drinktec. The vision system supplier is taking the opportunity to present a closed loop link between the vision inspection system and the injection moulding machine.

September 14, 2017 | PET flake sorting station

Sesotec, Hall A4 - Stand 306 At the Drinktec, Sesotec GmbH presents itself for the first time as a supplier of complete sorting stations for PET flake recycling. The revised Flake Purifier+ multi-sensor sorting system will be the company’s highlight.

September 13, 2017 | High quality PET blow moulds

Kiefer Werkzeugbau GmbH, Hall A4 - Stand 532 Kiefer, headquartered in Schwaigern has been active in the field of tool and mould making for the plastics processing industry for 30 years. Global corporations from the packaging and food industry are also among the customers, as regional SMEs.

Nissei ASB Machine Co., Ltd., Hall A4 - Stand 322 Nissei ASB, a leading manufacturer of machines for injection stretch blow moulding of PET and other plastics, will demonstrate live moulding on ASB’s 215m2 booth together with a display of some of the most interesting recent updates in injection stretch-blow moulded packaging technology.

September 13, 2017 | Foil closure for dairies

GEA, Hall A3 - Stand 313 GEA will be unveiling its Sterilfoil technology for the first time at Drinktec. This new technique for fitting sterile foil caps on PET and HDPE bottles makes GEA able to offer a complete range of aseptic closure options. This provides its customers with flexibility allowing them to choose the bottling and capping system that best suits their needs.

Sidel, Hall A6 - Stand 330 Exhibiting as part of the Sidel Group, along with Gebo Cermex, Sidel will be introducing a number of packaging solutions, intended to help producers meet the challenges of ever-changing demands in beverage markets.

September 12, 2017 | Perfect PET milk bottles

Netstal, Hall A4 - Stand 321 At this year’s Drinktec, Swiss injection moulding machine manufacturer Netstal will be producing double-layer preforms for milk bottles on its booth. With Prelactia, extremely long-lasting milk products and drinks can be safely, cost-effectively and attractively packaged.

Lanfranchi, Hall A6 - Stand 103 The machineries that Lanfranchi will expose at Drinktec will be a two cavity blow moulding machine, a low speed and a high speed Orbital Stretch Wrapping Machine.

KHS, Hall B4 - Stand 328 Together with its customers, KHS develops lightweight bottles with characteristics that are intended to be ideal for production, logistics and eye-catching presentation at the point of sale. Combined with the trend towards space-saving blocked systems that facilitate operation, KHS offers systems to meet all requirements. Visitors will have the opportunity to see such a space-saving system at the exhibition booth.

Moretto, Hall C1 - Booth 622 Moisture Meter in-line resin moisture analyser is Moretto’s latest product for the PET market. The company claims that it is the only device currently available that can assure an accurate, online measurement of residual PET granule moisture. The machine verifies residual granule moisture content in few seconds, which enables polymer quality to be ascertained and confirmed before processing.

PET Engineering, Hall A4 - Stand 311 Sangemini is not just water, it’s real “sports nutrition” and is developed especially for its target audience, by athletes and, generally, by anyone who exercises. That’s why this design takes its inspiration from the shape, strength and compactness of the flasks used by cyclists and marathon runners.

IMD, Hall B5 - Stand 115 IMD Ltd. and M. Tanner Ltd. are presenting preform and closure innovations as the complete upgrade of the IMDvista Peco V3 preform inspection system, the new IMDvista Digital Printer CLDP and the IMDvista Portal, which links all the systems together.

September 07, 2017 | Product handling all-in-one

Gebo Cermex, Hall A6 - Stand 330 The packaging industry is increasingly facing sophisticated consumption trends that present various challenges to the production and distribution of goods. Gebo Cermex is responding to these ever-changing complex needs with the introduction of the product handling technology AQFlex. Packaging line performance of this new system is offered together with agility and contactless product conveying and accumulation, in a compact space.

September 07, 2017 | Multi-Layer live on stage

Husky Injection Molding Systems, Hall A4 - Stand 338 Husky will be featuring its Multi-Layer Technology and will be running a system with this technology for the first time at a tradeshow. Since its introduction in 2015, the company has sold more than 20 Multi-Layer systems for applications including CSD, juice, sparkling water, beer, tea, dairy, food and personal care. As the momentum for this technology continues to grow, the company anticipates an increased demand from customers looking to explore new applications.

Hapa In partnership with two partners, Sacmi (Hall B5, Stand 302) and IMD (Hall B5, Stand 115), two Hapa “redcube plus” UV DOD digital printing modules will be showcased. Integrated into a Sacmi bottle-labelling line, a “redcube plus” will CMYK print on labels which afterwards will be applied on bottles. The flexible printing module supports design customisation for even short production runs. The UV inks used on the bottle-labelling line are designed and produced by Hapa Ink, out of the Aposta series.

Milliken Chemical, Hall A2 - Stand 108 Milliken will demonstrate how its ClearShield Colorless UV Absorbers can bring value to PET packaging by protecting UV-sensitive contents from degradation while maintaining the material’s clarity and transparency. ClearShield is intended to protect beverages and other UV-sensitive contents against harmful light exposure by incorporating the UV blocker into the PET package itself. These absorbers filter 95% of UV light at up to 390 nanometers and are effective at low loadings, enabling the use of more highly UV-sensitive natural colourants in the packaged products.

September 06, 2017 | New generation of SBM machines

Side S.A., Hall A4 - Stand 543 Side will introduce the new generation of PET blowmoulding machines. This new generation promises a step forward to supply solutions and cost savings to the company’s customers. One of the main objectives of the engineers at Side has been to design a new preform loading system that will include a recovery line for poorly positioned bottles to enable their return to the loading chute, thereby eliminating losses at this point.

DEMO, Hall A4 - Stand 303 Italian Demo Design and Moulds will be introducing dSpace. The digital platform is intended to bring people digitally together who are involved in a new project. dSpace is the place to share thoughts and information, be creative and stay productive, share project roadmap and activities, get the solution online.

September 05, 2017 | Shoot & cap

Netstal, Hall A4 - Stand 321 The Swiss injection moulding system provider Netstal will be producing 38mm single-piece closures for milk bottles on an Elion 2200-1000. Shoot and cap: the HDPE closures, which weigh just 2.8g, are produced in a 32 cavity mould from z-moulds and, thanks to the patented z-slides, they receive a fully-functioning tamper evident band in the mould.

September 05, 2017 | Bigger blow-moulding machines

1blow, Hall A4 - Stand 350 French manufacturer 1Blow will be exhibiting its full range of blow-moulding machines, including its latest 1XXL, which is specifically designed for the production of large containers.

Contexo, Hall A4 - Stand 236 German machine builder Contexo is presenting its continuous motion technology for fast assembly of sports caps and complex closures. The machine on show has an output rate of over 1,300,000 parts a day - while at the same time the footprint is low.

DS Smith, Hall A2 - Stand 324 There is a tendency in today’s circular economy to pack, transport, and dispense preforms and closures in a returnable packaging container that is fully hygienic, easy to fold down when empty and efficient to store in the warehouse. DS Smith has integrated all these elements in their Stackabox product range.

September 04, 2017 | PET flake sorting station

Sesotec, Hall A4 - Stand 306 At the Drinktec, Sesotec GmbH presents itself for the first time as a supplier of complete sorting stations for PET flake recycling. The revised Flake Purifier+ multi-sensor sorting system will be the company’s highlight.

September 01, 2017 | Vision inspection solutions

Pressco Technology Inc., Hall A4 - Stand 402 Pressco will showcase their newest vision inspection solutions for companies that manufacture and fill food and beverage containers.The scalable, modular platform delivers a wide range of inspection options across an entire blow-fill line. In the blowmoulder, Pressco offers a combination of camera modules which detect defects on the preform and/or the empty bottle, including virtual section weight measurement which is vital to process control. On the filling side, the company’s solutions include a multi-camera system for filled bottle inspection to detect mis-applied closures, tamperband defects and under/over-filled bottles. Additional inspection options may be deployed at the cap feeder, labeller, date coder and case-packer.

August 31, 2017 | Colour explorers

Repi, Hall A4 - Stand 500 Repi, multinational producer of liquid colours and additives for plastics, will present its focus on plastic packaging applications. If flexibility, product safety, sustainability and ease of operation are the key words for the packaging industry, then Repi claims to be on track.

August 30, 2017 | Preform range

PDG Plastiques, Hall A4, Booth 349 PDG Plastiques is specialised in PET preforms and bottles with a focus on dairy and UHT milk. During Drinktec the company will propose new packagings for UHT milk, drinks and other liquids. In particular, light weighting of PET preforms and bottles and also new designs.

Constantia Flexibles, Hall A2 – Stand 325 Constantia Flexibles will be showcasing their products from around the world. Visitors can see the company’s latest innovations and get a glimpse of the current trends taking hold of the labelling industry.

Shyam Plastic Machinery, Hall A4 – Stand 546 India-based Shyam manufactures stretch blow moulding machines, ranging from 600 B/H to 12,000 B/H. The company will be demonstrating a 7 cavity all electric Pristine series linear blowing machine, with a speed of 10,000 B/H. The preform loading system and heating conveyor is based on continuous movement without the pneumatic reciprocating movements, eliminating abnormal wear & tear of moving parts and also reduces air consumption. The machine is based on Neck Hold system, right from preform entry to bottle ejection, thereby reducing the number of change parts, and change-over time.

Torus Measurement Systems, Hall A4 – Stand 146 Torus Measurement Systems will be exhibiting a fully automated B302 Thread, Body & Thickness gauge for plastic bottles and preforms which will incorporate the use of a robot to automatically load.

August 21, 2017 | Preform range expansion

Société Générale des Techniques (SGT), Hall A4 – Stand 330 Société Générale des Techniques (SGT), a French family firm, has consolidated its expertise in the manufacture of PET preforms with the recent acquisition of an injection press exclusively dedicated to multilayer applications.

United Caps, Hall A4 - Stand 535 At Drinktec, United Caps will demonstrate how their market-driven approach fosters the development of closures that perform as well in the plant as they do in the hand. With a 50/50 split between customised and non-bespoke solutions, United Caps will also showcase the latest in customised solutions like the innovative Wattwiller closure, which features a petal-flower design that is not only eye-catching but allows end users to open bottles with little effort.

August 16, 2017 | Improved line performances

Krones, Hall B6 – Stand 100 The principal focus of Krones’ presence at this year’s drinktec is on improving line performance, to ensure higher individualisation and flexibility, and to impart additional sustainability to the production operation. Digitalisation plays a key role in this context, and constitutes a unifying theme for the entire Krones stand. Because marrying iron and steel to clouds and data makes for an even closer intermeshing of all processes along the entire value added chain – and will in the end upgrade performance levels in the production environment as well.

Gebo Cermex, Hall A6 - Stand 330 Gebo Cermex, part of the Sidel Group, will showcase a range of material handling solutions, including the latest developments in automation and connectivity to help secure greater performance from bottling lines in evolving and demanding markets.

Vipoll Hall A2 - Booth 303 The Slovenian specialist in filling plants, Vipoll, will be presenting a world premiere with its "All-in-One" combined rinser/filler/capper block for glass and PET bottles as well as cans. The "VISITRON VKR-E 32-32-4K/4D" is able to process 9,500 330ml cans and 330ml bottles per hour. The system is suitable for carbonated and still drinks such as beer, soft drinks, wine or juice.

Tech Long, Hall B5 - Stand 322 At Drinktec 2017 Tech Long will introduce its G5, Generation 5, blow moulding machines to the European market. The G5 machines are available in formats from four to 36 cavities, with a blowing rate of 2250 to 2400 standard bottles per hour per cavity, and with the capability to blow any PET container from 0,2l to 20 litre.

Lanfranchi, Hall A6 - Stand 103 The intense R&D activities which have been a feature of Lanfranchi in recent years have led to a new result in terms of technological developments applied to unscramblers: the automatic change-over. The Unscrambler 2.0 is capable of handling a wide range of containers of different shapes and sizes.

July 24, 2017 | Labelling systems

Gernep, Hall A5 - Stand 302 In order to meet the ever-increasing customer requirements in a wide range of markets, Gernep GmbH's rotary labelling machines offer tailored solutions: Soluta for flexible self-adhesive, Labetta for universal cold glue and Rollfed or Rollina for rational all-round labelling with hot glue. Alternatively, Gernep labelling machines are designed modularly so that almost every special solution can be realised in addition to the standardised models.

Claranor, Hall A3 - Stand 111 Claranor will be at Drinktec to present its latest innovations dedicated to the beverage industry. On top of its latest solutions: the Claranor Puls’Full Cap, a cap sterilisation for the most sensitive filling line. The cap is decontaminated not only inside, but also outside, adapted for ESL 60 days and more. Further on Claranor Essential, a cap decontamination equipment compact and cost attractive for lower speed lines (<16.000 bph) will be shown.

July 14, 2017 | 24 caps in 2.7 seconds

Arburg, Hall A4 - Stand 323 Arburg will demonstrate at Drinktec its injection moulding technology which has been specially optimised for the packaging industry, particularly for fast sequence and high-cavity moulds. The exhibit, a packaging version of the hybrid Allrounder 570 H, has a clamping force of 1,800 kN and a size 800 injection unit. Twenty-four drink bottle caps will be produced in a cycle time of only 2.7 seconds on a high-performance mould from Z-moulds. The weight of the HDPE moulded parts is 1.25 grams. A vacuum conveyor and a direct colouring device ensure a correspondingly high throughput. Quality monitoring is carried out in-line using an optical system.

Serac, Hall A5 - Stand 332 Serac confirms its expertise in container treatment based on dry processes with an industrial sterilisation solution using ebeam technology, capable of ensuring a 5 log bacteriological reduction on Bacillus Pumilus without leaving any chemical residue in the container and eliminating the consumption of chemical agents to decontaminate a bottle, BluStream is a technological breakthrough in the aseptic filling of plastic bottles, says Serac.

Heuft, Hall B4 - Stand 315 Heuft will showcase technologies and modules for precise product tracking, fault detection and rejection, with the aim of setting new standards in terms of detection accuracy, operational reliability and price / performance ratio.

July 07, 2017 | Handle applicator

And+Or, Hall A4 - Stand 202 The handle applicator SIAL6000 performs the insertion of (PP) lateral, colourable handles on PET bottles (from 2 up to 5 litres). This system allows PET bottles to be used for certain products when an easy pouring process is required.

Agr, Hall A4 - Stand 336 Agr International, Inc. will be exhibiting an array of products for managing the production and quality of beverage containers. Featured will be the latest developments in advanced blowmoulder management, shelf-life control and pressurised container testing.