SIG announces the launch of the new Combi Maxx closure. This innovative solution offers consumers a new level of convenience, while allowing existing customers to upgrade their packaging without a major investment or the need for new sleeves.
With a large pouring diameter of 25mm, Combi Maxx offers an optimal product flow and perfect stream controllability. The large cap makes it easier and more comfortable for consumers to open and reclose the pack in one easy step. A highly visible, tamper-evidence ring gives consumers the confidence that the package has not already been opened. Fully resealable and leak-proof, Combi Maxx also ensures that opened packs can be stored safely in the fridge.
As part of SIG’s dedication to offering the most sustainable packaging solutions on the market, the innovative, material-saving design of Combi Maxx uses approximately 4.5% less plastic than combiSwift.
“At SIG we’re committed to offering product innovation and differentiation,” said Hanno Bertling, Senior Product Manager Closures at SIG. “With our latest convenient Combi Maxx closure, we can now offer our customers a cap that will help to increase brand loyalty among new and existing consumers. Combi Maxx guarantees unbeatable pouring action, easy handling and spill-free horizontal and vertical storage.”
Easy, low cost implementation
Since the base plate dimensions and sleeves remain unchanged, SIG has made it simple for existing customers to switch from combiSwift to the new Combi Maxx closure – without requiring a major investment.
Additionally, Combi Maxx can be combined with all of SIG’s existing mid- and large-size carton formats, starting with combiblocSlimline, Combibloc Midi and Combifit Midi. Color options include white, red, blue and green, with additional colors available upon request.
“The transition for our customers to use the new closure system is easy to implement without any significant cost,” said Bertling. “We want to ensure the food and beverage industry can adapt quickly to fast-paced consumer needs to guarantee ongoing competitive advantage.”
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Expand product portfolio
New one and two-component dispensers
At productronica in Munich, Viscotec presented, among other things, its optimized dispenser series for even smaller dispensing quantities. Both one-component and two-component dispensers have been optimized for the application of very small quantities. From now on even smaller quantities can be dispensed with maximum precision. The one-component dispenser 3RD3 and the two-component dispenser Viscoduo-P 3/3 and Viscoduo-P 4/3 extend the product portfolio of the dispensing technology specialist even further. Minimum quantities of 0.002 ml for the 3RD3 and 0.005 ml for the P 3/3 can be dispensed. As with all previous dispensers, Viscotec guarantees extremely precise dispensing results with an accuracy of +/- 1 %.
Various stator materials are available for the newly developed products to meet the requirements of different applications. The dispensers are particularly effective in potting applications or for dot and bead dispensing in adhesive and sealing applications. This makes them particularly suitable for the electronics industry, automotive and similar applications.
As with all products, the proven properties of the optimized dispensing pumps are also impressive:
- Suck-back option (no dripping nor stringing)
- Completely linear relationship between rotor speed and output quantity
- Constant dispensing volume, even with fluctuations in density and viscosity
- Longer service life
- Quick disassembly
- Easy programming of quantity and speed
- Consistent dispensing quality for low to high viscosity fluids
The two-component versions Viscoduo-P 3/3 and Viscoduo-P 4/3 guarantee the static mixing of two components of the same or different viscosity. Maximum flexibility is provided by various combinations of Viscoduo-P 4/4, 4/3 and 3/3. A parallel arrangement of the two dispensing units ensures a space-saving, compact design. Their modular construction allows a wide range of mixing ratios up to 10:1 thanks to the use of different dispenser sizes. The two-component dispensers are perfectly suited for two-component adhesive materials based on epoxy resin (EP), polyurethane (PU), silicone (Si), acrylate and many others.
Hygienic, Flexible and Durable
Hoses ensure a high level of Process Safety
The hose solutions from technology company Continental used by Oettinger Brauerei at its Mönchengladbach plant ensure that pressure and storage tanks at the modern and almost fully automated brewery are properly filled, emptied and cleaned. Continental supplies the foodstuff hoses for the brewing and cleaning process, thus playing a key role in the area of food safety.
Special rubber compounds ensure maximum hygiene and safety
At the core of Continental hoses is a smooth inner layer, which is crucial for absolute purity and safety when transporting the beer. The inner lining is resistant to heat and chemicals, which is particularly important for the cleaning and disinfection processes. The hoses can easily withstand temperatures up to +95°C. The inner lining of Continental hoses also meets the requirements of recommendation XXI of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and the guidelines of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“The advanced rubber compounds, which are designed to meet the specific requirements of the market and the physical demands of everyday use, even under difficult conditions, ensure maximum safety for long-term use,” says Georg Bester, Sales and Technical Consultant for foodstuff hoses at Continental. “This is confirmed time and again by the market.“
Meeting the everyday challenges of brewing
The biggest challenge for the hoses used by the Oettinger Brauerei is achieving the perfect balance between extremely high flexibility and maximum durability. “The hoses supplied by Continental deliver on all fronts. Our employees can handle the hoses freely, lay or move lines as needed and even drag them over hard ground without the risk of kinking or damaging them. The hoses have to withstand a lot during everyday brewing operations,” says Sven Willim, Deputy Head of Production at Oettinger Brauerei in Mönchengladbach. “This ability to withstand external effects while at the same time maintaining stability inside the hose gives us the reliability that we need in the brewing process to ensure that the quality of our products is never compromised.“ Every single step in the brewing process is important – whether the hoses are being used to transport beer, water or cleaning media.
High-quality food and chemical hoses such as the Purple Snake or the Aquapal from Continental play a key role in handling processes in breweries and in many other areas of the food industry. Oettinger Brauerei alone uses up to 135 hoses from Continental – primarily in its storage and pressure tanks. “Continental hoses are extremely resilient and therefore last a long time, and are very easy to clean. Some of our hoses have been in use for up to ten years – without compromising the quality of our products or processes in any way,” says Willim. Regular microbiological samples of the liquids as well as hose inspections conducted by independent organisations and service providers have confirmed this time and again.
Complete solutions with fittings
When it comes to hygiene and process safety, Continental products offer the additional benefit of being available as a complete solution. “We supply not just the hoses, but complete lines with compression-moulded fittings. Brewery employees can easily lengthen, widen or shorten the hose design, thus eliminating the need for time-consuming assembly processes. The secure connection between the rubber hose and fitting can withstand working pressures up to 16 bar and offer three times the level of safety required of them,” says Bester. “We have designed a perfect, completely hygienic transition from the fitting to the inner lining of the hose – which is crucial for continuous hygiene and reliability in operation.“ The range of hoses is vast. Continental supplies hoses with nominal diameters ranging from 13 to 100 DN. The food hoses are produced at the plant in Korbach in the German region of Hesse.
Last but not least, the industrial hose specialist is at the forefront of the development of high-performance rubber/plastic compounds for use in a wide range of applications.
Beer – a huge global market
Whether it’s alcoholic, non-alcoholic or a mix – beer remains one of the world’s favourite drinks. The art of brewing has a long tradition and is an integral part of the culture of numerous countries. According to statistics portal statista, almost two billion hectolitres of beer are consumed worldwide each year. Germany has by far the biggest beer market in Europe. According to the Federal Statistical Office, taxed beer sales in Germany in 2018 were around 78 million hectolitres. Today’s megatopics of health, fitness and sustainability are playing an increasingly important role. Craft beers, functional beers and other trends have transformed the beer market in recent years, making it more diverse and dynamic.
For breweries such as Oettinger, this is an exciting business environment – and for Continental, it provides as many excellent opportunities for products like the Purple Snake, given the huge number of beers and breweries where flexible hose solutions are needed.