WILMINGTON, Mass., March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Electron Beams (AEB), a leading provider of electron beam technology, today announced the introduction of the e16ITB emitter, their second "in the bottle" product for sterilizing PET and HDPE bottles. The e16ITB was designed specifically for the Asian market where the bottle geometries require a narrow nozzle emitter. Concurrent with this product announcement, AEB also announced that they have entered into a strategic agreement with a leading Japanese equipment OEM.
Derived from AEB's e25ITB emitter platform, the e16ITB emitter is a new product featuring a 16mm diameter, 350mm length nozzle compatible with narrow neck bottles up to two liters in volume. The e16ITB emitter can sterilize a single serve bottle in two seconds, thus supporting typical high-speed aseptic filling systems. "With this new product introduction, AEB now services the entire aseptic bottle market up to two liters," says Jeffrey Andrews, VP of Engineering at AEB.
Brand owners and co-packers in the beverage bottle market can lower costs by reducing energy use, by reducing bottle resin and by eliminating the use of chemicals and water in their aseptic bottling systems. Resin reductions decrease overall bottle weight resulting in annual cost savings of $392,000 per gram on a typical 600BPM line. (See http://plasticsnews.com/resin-pricing/commodity-tps.html). Electron beam-based bottle sterilization offers the lowest cost of ownership and smallest footprint compared to traditional chemical-based sterilization systems.
According to Brian Phillips, VP of Sales at AEB, "The development of the e16ITB was critical to signing a strategic agreement with a major equipment OEM based in Japan. The move to electron beam from traditional sterilization technologies is growing due to the rising cost of energy and bottle resin, combined with the pressure to reduce water and chemical use."
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 in the beverage. With the lowest operating cost of any bottle sterilization technology, AEB's eITB Series emitters enable a more profitable path to sustainable beverage packaging. The electron beam technology built by AEB is the result of over 10 years of technology and product development and is protected by more than 30 patents.
For more information about pricing, performance specifications and integration partners, please call +1 978 658 8600 or visit http://www.aeb.com.
About Advanced Electron Beams
Advanced Electron Beams (AEB) enables the green factory of the future with its energy efficient, cost-saving, environmentally sustainable technology. AEB replaces traditional thermal and chemical production processes with its compact electron beam emitters that harness electrons to enable cleaner, less expensive and more efficient production. AEB's emitters are used in common processes such as sterilization, curing, polymer treatment and pollution abatement across industries including pharmaceutical and medical device, food and beverage, printing and packaging, industrial coatings and plastics manufacturing. For more information about Wilmington, Mass.-based AEB, visit: http://www.aeb.com.
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