Advanced Electron Beams(AEB), a leading provider of electron beam technology, announced a strategic partnership withHitachi Zosen Corp.to develop the first aseptic bottle filling system that uses AEB's e16ITB emitter for "in the bottle" sterilization of PET and high-density polyethylene bottles.
The eITB Series emitters bring AEB's proven sterilization
technology, already in use for Form, Fill and Seal packaging applications, to
aseptic bottle filling. Surfaces of packaging materials are sterilized at high
speeds with a stream of energetic electrons using far less energy and without
chemicals and water - eliminating the risk of residual chemicals.
"Japan leads the global conversion to chemical free
bottle sterilization. With this new product, Hitachi Zosen takes the leadership
position among suppliers of chemical free bottle filling systems," says
Brian Philips, vice president of sales, AEB. "This new product allows
Japanese bottlers to set the bar for sustainable and chemical-free bottling
Introduced in March 2011 and designed specifically for the
Asian bottling market, the e16ITB accommodates bottle geometries that require a
narrow nozzle emitter. Based on the new emitter, Hitachi Zosen has developed an
electron beam sterilization machine for 500-ml beverage PET bottle filling at a
speed of 600 bottles per minute.
According to Hitachi Zosen in a press release issued June
27, 2011, the electron beam-based system will offer significant improvements
over traditional sterilization systems, specifically by eliminating liquid
chemical costs and enabling lighter weight bottles, which will result in cost
reductions up to 100 million yen ($1.23 million) per year.
First chemical-free aseptic bottle filling system in development
July 5, 2011