The eITB Series emitters for these narrow-neck bottles are made and marketed by Advanced Electron Beams (AEB; Wilmington, MA).The company's electron beam sterilization technology already sees use in some form-fill-seal plastics packaging applications.
An emitter sterilizes surfaces of packaging materials at high speeds with a stream of energetic electrons. AEB says this method used less energy than standard aseptic packaging sterilization techniques, and also of course does sowithout chemicals and water -eliminating the risk of residual chemicals in the beverage.
AEB reckons these emitters for narrow-neck bottles will prove especially attractive in Asia, where bottle designs lean to narrow necks. As a result, the company has entered into a strategic agreement with Japanese equipment OEM .
The e16ITB emitter is 16mm in diameter with a 350mm length nozzle, making it suitable for bottles sized up to 2L in volume. The e16ITB emitter can sterilize a single-serve bottle in two seconds. AEB reckons the system even allows bottle blow molders to reduce the amount of plastics required per bottle.