The cost-effectiveness of small polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packs for water and soft drinks continues to increase at the can's expense, with packaging equipment specialist Sidel now boasting outputs of over 61,000 bottles per hour in sizes up to 24oz.
Sidel says that its SBO 34 Highspeed sets new speed records, and is one of the world's fastest blow-moulding machines.
With 28 heating modules and 34 blowing stations, it uses the SBO Universal platform for greater parts standardisation.
Power and air consumption have also been reduced thanks to a 40mm cylinder and optional air recycling system, says Sidel.
Bottle shapes, including Actis coated barrier bottles for beer, can be specifically designed for these high speeds.