As per 1 January 2019, our Sidel and Gebo Cermex business units form a single team called Sidel.


  • Ideal for high speed can filling applications
  • Patented filling system based on the combined action of filling valve and can lift
  • Infeed star wheel driven by the filling carousel



Starcans HS has been developed from a proven successful generation of Gebo Cermex can fillers, installed worldwide for years with major producers of beer, soft drinks, and non-carbonated products.

The logic underlying this remarkable machine is based on a simple fact: in the beverage industry the can is a container with very precise size requirements. This led to the concept of a patented filling system with absolutely unique features, providing very high precision filling in terms of level and volume, using extremely simple and easy-to-maintain filling valves.

A PC with graphics software provides user-friendly functional control of the machine. The IT platform also provides access to electronic handbooks, teleservice, and stored history data (alarms, production data, and working parameters).

The machine is designed to be sanitized in a closed circuit using dummy cans. All parts that come into contact with the product are treated in the sanitization cycles. During the filling stage, the dummy cans are in a retracted position with regard to the filling valve. During sanitization, the dummy cans are inserted and released automatically by a command on the operator panel. An optional automatic external disinfecting system for the machine, using chemicals and hot water, is available.


Filling technology

A cam guides the centering bell down onto the can. The lift raises the can, already closed by the bell, into the filling position. The can is then fluxed with inert gas to eliminate air and avoid product oxidation. Once the can is pressurized, a spring automatically opens the filling valve and the product flows down the can walls.

The can is slightly overfilled, and then moved vertically until the desired fill level is obtained. The filling valve is closed and the can is lowered to the initial position. At this stage the can head space is expanded with consequent reduction in pressure with no emission (and therefore consumption) of gas outside.

The final decompression is completed by a push button valve making residual gas flow into a separate chamber at atmospheric pressure. The bell is raised thus freeing the can ready to be transferred to the seamer.