Drop-in concept at filler/co-packer
One of the most important demands in the multi-year development process was the compatibility with existing processes. Once tested with the XO System, existing lines can be used for both SOT and XO interchangeably: SOT R XO R SOT.
Generally speaking, the XO Ends are symmetrically stackable solutions, which cause no problems at feeding and seaming. This avoids major investment to run the system. The basis of the XO End are all standard shell profiles such as B64, CDL/E, CDL/+, ISE, SE, OLOF. We integrated the system within this shell. The opening mechanism on top corresponds to standard requirements of the seaming heads. Most of the technology is hidden under the shell. The XO Ends are also symmetrically stackable and arrive – just as SOT shells - in paper sleeves.
Options to XO System handling in existing filling lines
XO Ends run on all standard manual debagger systems. Together with the Suppliers, Xolution has developed modified equipment which allows a higher Manual Debagging speed.
|Standard||1||up to 3||up to 35.000|
|Modified||1 or 2||3 - 6||35.000 - 70.000|
XO Ends run on most standard automatic debagger systems but minor upgrades are mandatory. Max. speed depends on debagger model. Existing systems can debag between 2 and max. 6 sleeves/min. Together with the suppliers of automatic debaggers, Xolution is developing modified equipment which allow a higher Automatic Debagging speed.
|Standard||0,5||3 - 6||23.000 - 70.000|
|Modified **||0,5||6 - 10||93.000|
All automatic debagger equipment is also available with buffer systems and fully automatic depalletizers which are suitable for XO Ends.
** Equipment available middle/end of 2017
Using existing filling and seaming equipment at filling lines
Tests have shown filling speeds of up to 2,200 cans/min in existing filling lines. Once the machinery is set up, there will be no changes necessary for the switch from SOT to XO and back. Therefore the XO System can be used without process and volume impact for a wide range of beverages from energy drinks, functional drinks and carbonated soft drinks, iced teas, coffees and beer.
XO meets beverage can industry standards
In order to meet the international beverage can industry standards, a test program comprising at least 17 different procedures has been developed by XO together with XO's industry partners (e. g. can makers, institutes, brands). The purpose is to insure the consumer's health by continuously testing the XO System under existing SOT/LOE shell test parameters while further developing test procedures for resealable ends. Therefore XO has installed a 500m2 area within its headquaters.
XOLUTION GmbH is headquartered in Munich, Germany and has separate Sales Offices in the United States and in Russia.