Research and DevelopmentOur Committment
Aseptic bottling technology is one of the most active research areas in food technology today. Xenos is at the forefront of technology transfer to the industry through its innovative products and on-going investment in research and development.
We constantly push our technology to the limits and test all the boundaries with the constant goal of making our technology simpler, more efficient and more robust. Our commercially sensitive R&D is performed in-house with state of the art engineering and manufacturing technology, a testing laboratory and a collaborative team of thinkers and doers with a diverse range of skills and experience.
Our on-going commitment to R&D sees us participating in a range of projects, many of which have yielded some of the exciting new developments in our latest aseptic filler design. Some developments include:
- Our matrix bottle transportation system that is the key to the high capacity compact footprint of our filler
- New Hydrogen Peroxide (H202) delivery system that improves sterilisation efficiency and optimises dosing accuracy while minimising H202 consumption
- New decontamination system reduces H202 down to residual level below the FDA standard of 0.5ppm
- New filling nozzle design with increased filling accuracy and no foaming or dripping
- A unique airflow management system that ensures there is no recontamination from un-sterile bottles entering the filler
To ensure our research and development programs remain focused on areas that add the most value, Xenos draws on a number of external resources. We collaborate with local universities on areas related to food technology and engineering, and sponsor post-graduate research focused on technologies that have potential in aseptic processing and packaging. We also engage with industry experts on areas that complement our own technology. New and existing customers have also played a significant role in our development providing many of the useful insights that have led to our systems becoming more efficient, more robust and easier to operate.
Shelf Life Considerations
It's important that our research extends beyond the sterilising technology, so we look closely at the storage characteristics of key products that benefit from being aseptically filled.
An example of our research in this area is a study we conducted on full cream milk packed into PET bottles. It showed that milk needed to be protected from the light in order to prevent oxidation and degradation of vitamins. However, we found that no oxygen barriers were needed so long as light was not present. In a Xenos system, these light barriers can readily be achieved through the use of full-length shrink sleeves applied to the bottles after filling.