Blue Waters Products has installed a new bottling line developed by liquid packaging solutions provider Sidel, at its purified drinking water facility in Trinidad.

The complete line comprises Sidel Matrix Combi and a Sidel Rollquattro Evolution labeller, and also includes end of line equipment such as shrink wrappers and palletiser.

The line has the capacity to reach a speed of 48,000 bottles per hour (bph).

"Sidel was the natural choice because of their PET expertise and their innovative solutions for water lines."

Sidel Matrix Combi will facilitate packaging for lightweight bottles at high speeds. It offers advantages of being compact and will occupy up to 30% less floor space, Sidel said.

It has a single control interface, which allows quick changeovers, can increase production uptime and reduce operating costs compared with traditional lines.

Sidel’s Rollquattro Evolution labeller is based on roll-fed technology, which can speed up accurate label application and decrease operation and maintenance costs. Offering a speed of up to 60,000bph, the equipment can be used with wraparound plastic labels on PET containers of up to 2.5l and with diameters ranging from 53mm to 110mm.

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The new installation is expected to help the water company expand its footprint in the Caribbean with an anticipated production capacity increase by 40%.

Blue Waters Products owner and managing director Dominic Hadeed said: "During the due diligence process for this project, we thoroughly evaluated several equipment manufacturers’ offerings, and Sidel was the natural choice because of their PET expertise and their innovative solutions for water lines.

"The high-speed complete line solution we chose is simple, reliable and economical, and it will allow us to increase our capacity and improve our sustainability while lowering our production costs."

Image: The new installation is expected to increase Blue Waters Products’ capacity by 40%. Photo: courtesy of Sidel.