Producers of carbonated soft drinks (CSD) today require production lines that are flexible and smart, without compromising on quality, speed and efficiency.
These solutions allow for optimised production uptime, reduced resource consumption and quick stock keeping unit (SKU) changes, while keeping the Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) consistent. Such an approach is the key to winning the challenges of today’s CSD market, effectively recognising the roles that packaging, equipment, line design, clever automation, smart data management and on-going services all have to play.
With a growing global population and increasing urbanisation, changes in demand include a preference for smaller, on-the-go sizes to fit in with consumers’ busier, urban lifestyles. Worldwide, increasing concern for personal diet, health and fitness is also driving a move from traditional sugary soft drinks to healthier options. Consequently, many CSD producers are now investing in a wider choice of new beverages with natural, low-calorie sweeteners, sports drinks and carbonated juices, as well as beverages targeting local and traditional tastes. Meeting production needs in such a fragmented and evolving market requires smarter solutions and innovations. “Rapidly shifting conditions and the demands the industry is currently experiencing mean that manufacturers need flexibility from their PET bottling lines,” explains Damien Fournier, Category Marketing Director CSD. “The ability to adapt production quickly and effectively while still ensuring top beverage quality and the best consumer experience when launching new products is essential if producers are to capitalise on opportunities that arise.”
With more than 20 years of experience in complete solutions for carbonated soft drinks and the world’s largest installed base of integrated blow-fill-cap systems,Filltech machine provides producers with full control and transparency throughout the process. “Successful CSD production requires a focus on flexibility and overall efficiency, as well as branding opportunities” adds Fournier. “This is why innovative packaging solutions, which are able to perform optimally across the supply chain and ensure high quality and the expected shelf life, are an essential consideration when choosing the right equipment supplier for a bottling line.”
Compact and flexible production
Filltech machine’s fully integrated, hygienic and innovative solutions help producers to optimise uptime and operating costs. The portfolio includes a range of modular equipment and components, able to increase line efficiency and speed while ensuring food safety, flexibility and hygiene.
Labelling is an essential factor to ensuring a product stands out on supermarket shelves.
Flexible pack configurations, quick changeovers and optimised transportation.The secondary packaging–the finished pack that the consumer sees at the point of sale–represents a strong opportunity to reinforce brand recognition and so needs to be appealing, durable and functional to catch attention. Carrying the labelled bottles onto the secondary packaging process. Filltech’s smart conveyors can be automatically adjusted to handle different formats. Gently feeding the bottles to maintain consistency and quality, the packers also optimise the use of heat, glue, cartons and film. This minimises overall costs, as well as ensuring that protection of the product throughout the supply chain from changes in weather, pressure and temperature is not compromised. All Filltech’s packers ensure quick changeovers for flexible handling of multiple SKUs.
By taking a global view of the Overall Equipment Effectiveness and the entire working life of a production line, as new technologies and solutions are developed. We offers existing customers options and upgrades, line conversion and training services. This ensure that installed equipment does not get left behind, while strengthening operators’ skills in order to boost performance. In this way the company is always working to help producers optimise operating costs and reach the lowest possible TCO, as well as ensuring sustained performance over time" adds Damien Fournier.