Levissima, part of Sanpellegrino Group (Nestlé Waters), needed to address the growing demand for bottled water in Italy with a new complete line, producing its re-designed 1.5 litre bottle of pure, Alpine water.
With the help of its long-standing partner, Sidel, Levissima was able to improve the quality of its label application while simultaneously increasing the output capacity, an achievement made possible by the new EvoDECO Roll-Fed, the latest addition to Sidel’s labelling portfolio.
Levissima is the favourite natural mineral water for over ten million families in Italy, as such ranking among the top three bottled water brands in the country, both in terms of value and volume. Through the modern production plant in Cepina, Levissima water is bottled as pure as it flows from the spring.
Overall, bottled water in Italy – traditionally consumed to accompany meals and throughout the day – is expected to continue to grow in the future. Due to local consumers’ search for healthier lifestyles and convenient prices, bottled water – containing no sugar or calories and having functional characteristics – is outperforming other types of soft drinks and is projected to reach 10.6 billion litres by 2022.
This is why Levissima needed to increase its production capacity for still water, while handling a re-designed 1.5L bottle, now with a shorter neck but still in the brand’s iconic squared shape, produced at a high output speed of more than 46,000 bottles per hour(bph).
Said Franco Simoncini, Plant Manager at Levissima: “We were familiar with the high quality and hygienic standards provided by the Sidel equipment. The competences and the customer-centric approach shown by their team during the commissioning and the installation phases, together with smooth project management were helping further to reconfirm our trust in the company.”
The long-standing partnership between Sidel and Nestlé Waters also contributed to the success of the installation. Most importantly, Sidel could offer the Italian water bottler the ideal solution with its new EvoDECO Roll-Fed, equipped with two labelling stations, able to combine the output speed required with a precise label application on a squared 1.5L bottle.
Launched in March 2018, Levissima’s new corporate identity is brought to life in the re-designed bottle and label of the leading Italian water brand. The pure and light mineral water has its origins in an extraordinary natural environment, coming from the ancient glaciers in the heart of the Alps. The top of the Alps are present on Levissima’s new logo and label , which is now designed on transparent film. The colour of the logo is reflected on the new green cap, shaped ergonomically and therefore easy to open for consumers.
The new labeller is equipped with unique features leading to improved uptime: the cleaning of the EvoDECO Roll-Fed is performed automatically during production by a system installed on the vacuum drum, which is built in lightweight sectors for easy changeover and maintenance operations. This system removes any glue residuals for an overall higher performance.
The labeller also comes with an automatic label extraction system, protected by a Sidel patent, ensuring that no downtime occurs due to a missing bottle or labels not being properly applied on the bottles, thus supporting a smooth and consistent flow of production. With the new, patented vertical melter and the laser engraved glue roller, glue is melted on demand and circulated at a precise temperature. This reduces glue consumption for better overall quality and improved sustainability.
The Combi supplied to the Cepina site is equipped with a Sidel SF100 no contact filler, ensuring optimum uptime and the highest productivity. The reduced filler enclosure allows for utmost hygiene, while minimising use of water and chemicals during the external cleaning process. This is how the solution achieves full food safety – a highly important factor for Nestlé Waters. For more visit sidel.com
Source: SidelAuthor: COX