Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Bottled Water Insider, Vol. 2, No. 3

InterBev/IBWA 2008 Show Wraps Up in Vegas
It was great to see a lot of you at the InterBev/IBWA show last week in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Norland International booth was busy, with considerable interest shown in our large-bottle bottling plant (Triton™ 450), the automatic large-bottle rack loader (RackStacker™) and the filling component of our popular SpectraPak™ 3000 small bottle production line.

“It was a well-attended show, which gave us the opportunity to visit with a number of Norland customers, as well as those who are very interested in learning more about our line of equipment,” says Bruce Kucera, Norland’s vice president/sales & marketing director. “The combined show with InterBev gave us the opportunity to show our equipment to people in the wider beverage industry beyond our usual bottled water group.”

The IBWA celebrated its 50th anniversary at the show. The association’s predecessor organization, the American Bottled Water Association, was founded in November 1958. For a bit of IBWA history, see this pre-show article published in Water Technology and Water Technology Online:

Norland to Exhibit at the Dubai Drink Technology Expo
The Dubai Drink Technology Expo is set for December 14 to 16, 2008 in the UAE, and Norland International will be there. The show’s at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre. We’ll be showing our Triton™ 450 large-bottle washer/filler/capper system, which has become a popular production line in the Middle East. Matt Rennerfeldt, Norland’s coordinator of sales for the Middle East, will be in our booth. Also there will be Mahmoud Shuaib from Supply Core Middle East (SCME), Norland’s partner in that region, and Alvin Ediza from Cooperation Council of the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC).

The Importance of Ozone Treatment in Bottled Water Processing
You subscribers to Water Conditioning & Technology may already have seen this leading trade publication’s October issue featuring a cover article about ozone use in water bottling process. Written by Norland International Engineer John Swancarra, the article describes ozone as an effective disinfectant for water being used for bottling.

The process requires careful, precise operation and quality equipment, according to the article, to ensure that bottled water is properly disinfected and tastes good throughout its shelf life.

If you haven’t seen this issue, you can read the full article at

New Large-bottle (3- to 5 gal/12-19 L) Bottling System from Norland International
Norland is introducing its semi-automatic Triton™ 160 bottling system for 3- to 5-gallon (12-19 L) bottles. This production line features a built-in “clean room” to meet industry standards, and can handle up to 160 bottles an hour, depending on bottle size and design. A single operator feeds empty bottles into the system at the start of the line, then all remaining functions such as washing, filling and capping are fully automatic. As with all Norland products, The Triton™ 160 is designed and manufactured to meet all industry standards and regulations. You’ll be hearing more about this exciting new piece of equipment after the first of the year.

Reminder: See Norland Videos on YouTube
You can now view full versions of four of Norland’s most asked for product videos. Previously, product videos on our web site have been limited to about 2 minutes. Now, these videos are available for full runs of up to 10 minutes. The easiest way to access these YouTube videos is to go to Norland’s web site (, click on “product videos” in the menu bar, and then click on the product video you wish to view. This automatically links you to the videos on YouTube.