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PET soda pop bottles on a conveyor belt (Photo: KHS)

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.

Long partnership | Molson Coors is one of the biggest brewery groups in the world. The Serbian plant run by its subsidiary Apatinska Pivara Apatin has relied on technology engineered by KHS for over four decades. The long and trusting partnership between the two companies was recently further cemented by conversions to two of the brewery’s glass lines and the procurement of a KHS Innofill Can DVD can filler. As a result of these extensive modernization measures, Apatin Brewery has been able to greatly optimize its line efficiency and product quality. The traditional brewery also benefits from improved hygiene and savings in energy and media.

Concentrated impurities | Modern machines for washing bottles, with their combination of chemical, thermal and mechanical cleaning functions, ensure that containers are cleaned properly. Nevertheless, the introduction of organic and inorganic impurities into the cleaning solution derived from adhesives and labels often presents special challenges. Caustic filtration and filtration of liquid in the water zone can offer more security in achieving the desired cleaning effect.

Taking things to a new level | The demands made of a line layout have dramatically changed over the years. The amount of space available is now one of the most important factors when designing a new line or expanding an existing setup. Free access areas for safe and cost-efficient maintenance are also essential. The creation and use of new levels is one good way of making the best and most cost-efficient use of the available space.

Large-scale project | Cutting-edge filling equipment, environmentally-friendly packaging and ambitious sustainability targets: Carlsberg is one of the beverage industry’s technological pioneers. The KHS Group consistently supports the brewery in the concrete implementation of its strategies. A number of projects have recently been successfully realized in China – including the installation of two canning lines. The focus here was on a streamlined layout and production design that are to act as a role model for all of the company’s Chinese factories.