GEA’s revolutionary ABF technology, that uniquely sterilizes preforms before they are blown into their final shape, has enabled a reduction in the weight of the bottle to be filled. As the preform is made of thicker material than the bottle itself, it’s possible to work with higher temperatures during sterilization without any risk of shrinkage that would affect the shape of the bottle.
This allows the weight of the bottle to be reduced compared with traditional aseptic systems. For example GEA designed a new type of lightweight PET bottle that was 25% lighter than previously used: just 12g compared with 16g for a standard 500 ml bottle for aseptic filling. Further innovation to the bottle shape was possible, thanks to the cooperation with Bericap, by the 33/15 neck, double-thread finish.
Aseptic filling in 12g bottles is the new aseptic way to protect and preserve customers’ products. The relief graphics on the 12g bottle, inspired by the ‘Study of Hands’ sketch by renaissance master Leonardo Da Vinci, illustrate the main message for GEA Procomac customers: you are in safe hands.
Reducing the weight by 25% also has a fundamental impact for manufacturers: it reduces the bottle cost by 25%, saves natural fossil resources, helps protect the environment, reduces transportation cost by lowering overall load weight, and significantly reduces recycling costs.