Companies that manufacture Aseptic systems tend to promote the advantages of line performance, and characteristics tied to the technology and the specific Aseptic treatment.
Sell QualityThe term ‘quality’ in the field of Aseptic filling is of major importance. The quality of a product can be expressed in terms of, grade of sterilization, absence of preservatives, and observance of raw materials: such data is certified and documented. Being able to choose the level of safety allows the beverage company’s marketing to precisely define the positioning of the references and the brands, and will also permit them to guarantee best results to co-packer companies of large retailer distributors for private brands. The companies that use Aseptic technology exclude the variable quality of the end product from the strategic choices and marketing.
Sell Look-and-feelAseptic is not only synonymous with quality and safety but also of image and appeal. The PET bottles used in an Aseptic line, as well as the caps, may have personalized shapes and vary notably in weight and dimension: compared with other technologies, Aseptic filling allows more distinguishable products. Many products have a look-andfeel aspect. Some examples are sport drinks, many functional beverages and many soft drinks that communicate (and sell) thanks to their shape. The label designs, in particular the sleeve labels, complete the rich range of options available to those companies that wish to have a unique and appealing product, to give the consumer the opportunity of choosing a product perceived as suitable for their lifestyle.
Commercial ethics has acquired increasing importance for consumers. Environmental protection and safety has become a decisive factor for every company and these values will become an integral part of the certification of companies’ quality systems in the near future. A company that chooses Aseptic filling technology can count on a productive infrastructure that is able to communicate ethically and socially important values as marketing leaders.
What are the values connected to Aseptic technology?
- Environment Protection: reduction in weight of the bottles and therefore minimizing the material required for production, minimizing the material to be recycled, rationale management of the temperatures of the sterilization media to avoid wasted energy, filtration of all the emissions in the external atmosphere, and minimum use of natural resources.
- Health Protection: elimination of risk factors in the contamination of the products, reduction or elimination of the use of preservatives and colouring, minimum stress on the product and therefore minimum use of aromas and flavour enhancers, continuous and redundant controls on the asepsis of the line, wide tolerance of the process factors, and the elimination (or significant reduction) of residual of process fluids (sterilizing solution) in the finished product.
- Operator Safety: accessibility, protection, and isolation of the critical points ensure that the Aseptic lines are safer to operate.
- Respect for the nature of the product and natural living: reduction of ’stressful’ processes for the product (high exposure to temperatures) that modify colour, taste and destroy nutrients and active principles.
1.Markets, opportunities, a comparison of the technologies
- 1.1. “High acid” and “Low acid” beverages
- 1.2. Juices and Nectars
- 1.3. Sport Drinks
- 1.4. Tea and infusions
- 1.5. Functional Beverages
- 1.6. Milk-based products
- 1.6.1. UHT Milk
- 1.7. Historical perspective: Evolution of the technology from the Roman era to our day and age
- 1.7.1. "Aseptic" technology in the Roman era
- 1.7.2. The Roman "filling, capping and storage process"
- 1.8. Technologies to meet market demand
- 1.8.1. Use of preservatives
- 1.8.2. Hot fill
- 1.8.3. Ultra-clean filling
- 1.8.4. Aseptic Filling
- 1.8.5. Aseptic Blow Filling
- 1.9. Advantages and disadvantages of containers for beverages
- 1.9.1. Glass
- 1.9.2. Polylaminate carton
- 1.9.3. PET
- 1.9.4. HDPE
- 1.9.5. Cans
- 1.9.6. Pouches
- 1.10. Caps, closures, fitments
- 2.The right direction of sustainability
3.Thermal treatment for product
- 3.1. Heat Exchangers for Liquid Products
- 3.1.1. Plate Heat Exchanger
- 3.1.2. Single Tube Heat Exchanger
- 3.1.3. Multi Tube Heat Exchanger
- 3.1.4. Triple Tube Heat Exchanger
- 3.1.5. Spiral Tube Heat Exchangers
- 3.1.6. Scraped Surface Heat Exchangers
- 3.2. Indirect and Direct Heating
- 3.3. Direct Heating UHT and ESL Designs
- 3.3.1. Direct Injection
- 3.3.2. Direct infusion
- 3.4. The best heat exchanger for your application
- 3.4.1. Heat Damage to food
- 3.4.2. System Selection Criteria
- 3.5. Conclusions
4.Understanding aseptic filling technology
- 4.1. Aseptic technology: an integrated system, not a series of connected machines.
- 4.2. Structure of an aseptic filling line
- 4.2.1. Sterilization
- 4.2.2. Container sterilization
- 4.3. Treatment of containers
- 4.3.1. Peroxyacetic Acid (POAA or PAA)
- 4.3.2. H2O2
- 4.4. PAA WET container sterilization
- 4.5. PAA vapour container sterilization
- 4.6. H2O2 CHP container sterilization
- 4.7. H2O2 VHP container sterilization
- 4.8. Preform sterilization technology
- 4.8.1. CHP sterilization
- 4.8.2. VHP sterilization
- 4.9. Cap sterilization technology
- 4.9.1. PAA spray sterilization
- 4.10. PAA immersion sterilization
- 4.10.1. CHP sterilization
- 4.10.2. VHP sterilization
- 4.10.3. Pre-sterilized caps handling
- 4.11. Energy-based sterilization without chemicals
- 4.11.1. UV light sterilization
- 4.11.2. Pulsed light sterilization
- 4.11.3. Ionizing radiation Sterilization
- 4.11.4. Electron beam sterilization
- 4.12. Aseptic Filling
- 4.12.1. Volumetric electronic filling
- 4.12.2. Weight filling
- 4.12.3. Other filling technologies
- 4.13. Capping
- 4.14. Bottle handling
- 4.15. Ancillary process equipment
- 4.15.1. Sterilizing solution production
- 4.16. Sterile water production
- 4.16.1. Utilities and fluids handling
- 4.16.2. CIP, SIP, COP, SOP
- 4.16.3. Integration of ancillary process units
- 4.16.4. Piping
- 4.16.5. Simplification of line handling
- 4.16.6. Radiation-based fluids sterilization
- 4.17. Line automation
- 5.Your new Aseptic Line
- 6.Good maintenance: the best way to preserve the value of the investment
- 7.Improved safety: for the product, for operators and for the environment
- 8.Aseptic filling and FDA
9.Sell Aseptic to sell "more" and sell "better"
10.The Future of Aseptic