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Empty bottle inspection | The VLB proof of performance test for empty bottle inspection machines is a method for assessing the detection performance of inspection machines and identifying potential areas for optimization. Furthermore, analysis of the data gathered over the last ten years provides an insight into the development of detection performance and enables conclusions to be drawn as to which conditions need to be created for commissioning in order to be able to exploit the full potential of new empty bottle inspectors.

Digital assistants | Without suitable IT/OT systems, it is practically impossible to operate filling plants efficiently. However, smartwatches, so-called wearable devices, hardly play a role. But their potential is enormous and use of same is nowadays possible without any problems.

KHS | Trendy craft beers, lifestyle beverages such as hard seltzer, plus wine, sparkling wine, still water and soft drinks: the range of beverages the Innofill Can C can filler from KHS can process is vast. Its flexibility is just one of many reasons why the machine has become a real success story, however. Since its launch a few years ago, over 100 have been sold to date worldwide. Customers like British craft brewer Tiny Rebel are convinced by its high level of efficiency, reliability and optimum hygiene systems. Thanks to a new addition to the series that boosts capacity to up to 60,000 cans per hour, the filler can now also be integrated into lines with higher outputs even more effectively.

Reaction kinetics studies | Gentle handling of beverages during the preservation steps is becoming increasingly important, particularly for products with sensitive ingredients. Relationships between chemical changes and microbiological deactivation could have the potential of retaining valuable ingredients, e.g. L-ascorbic acid, in juices.

New line | On the booming beer market in Cameroon one local brewery isn’t simply out to make a few fast bucks – or francs – but is instead going for sustainability, high-quality products and future-proof technology. This strategy is proving extremely successful and has made Union Camerounaise de Brasseries the market leader in major cities. Now KHS has implemented a new PET line at UCB.

Key to success | To make a long story short, there are a minimum of four key factors behind the success of the Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG: a clear commitment to the home region, the Black Forest; popular beers like the Tannenzäpfle that are well known well beyond regional borders; quality beyond reproach; and, last but not least, ongoing investment in technical facilities. In its anniversary year 2021 – Rothaus has been brewing now for 230 years – another major project has been launched, the complete modernisation of a 50 000-bottle line for glass renewables. In this project the redesign of the palletising area including the pallet transport has already been successfully completed.

New and stock machines | Buying a new bottle cleaning machine is a major investment for breweries. Accordingly, these should comply with all requirements relating to a modern machine supplied with a manufacturer’s warranty. On the one hand, reusable empties have to be cleaned flawlessly, on the other hand, economic factors such as water, energy or caustic consumption play a major role. This article provides an overview of the most important parameters to be checked.

Combined expertise| In the future KHS and Ferrum will further intensify their cooperation. “Our machines are already very well coordinated with one another. However, we want to offer our customers even more integrated systems,” states Marc Zubler, head of Sales and Product Management at Ferrum. Manfred Härtel, filling technology product manager at KHS, nods in agreement and adds that this also applies to the extensive range of consultancy and other services, where the two partners aim to function even more strongly as a unit in the years to come.

Light, compact and convenient | The beverage can is experiencing something of a renaissance. More and more of this type of container are being sold practically all over the globe, with a rise in market shares to match. In Germany, for example, this number rose from 2.85 billion in 2017 to over 3.9 billion in 2019 (source: Statista). The forecast is for further growth. As one of the world‘s leading manufacturers of filling and packaging equipment, KHS GmbH has now expanded its tried-and-tested technology for both the high- and medium-capacity ranges.

Gently mixing products | This is a topic under perpetual discussion. Economic comparisons, in particular, form the basis for making decisions when choosing a process or when considering the investment required to implement a continuous process. Aside from economic considerations, aspects such as the duration of the process, how well it can be automated and the level of product losses as well as the costs and labor associated with cleaning and maintenance are all very important for manufacturers concerned with upholding high quality standards, since these factors affect the quality and influence the final product during the process.

Green hydrogen | A continuously growing number of companies are choosing to reduce their CO2 footprint or even achieve CO2 neutrality. For production companies, including those from the brewing sector, this often raises the question of how to provide process heat in a climate-neutral way. The use of green hydrogen in boiler systems represents a significant opportunity. As well as generating a high boiler efficiency rate of up to 98 %, its combustion is entirely CO2 neutral. The following technical report focuses on solutions using hydrogen boilers and on technical measures for safe, clean hydrogen combustion.