Future-proof line and packaging systems
From April 26 to 29 the KHS Group will be presenting its entire portfolio of modern filling technology and environmentally-friendly packaging systems at Anuga FoodTec in Cologne, Germany. With its efficient InnoPET BloFill ACF-L block system the systems provider looks to the future of aseptic filling. A further focus will be on the new standard interfaces for communication between KHS machines and customer IT systems. The turnkey supplier also continues to devote itself to saving on resources and protecting the environment with its holistic packaging systems.
Weight-optimized oval PET bottles
With preferential heating KHS provides an energy-efficient method for producing oval PET bottles with an optimized weight. Not only the food industry but also consumer goods manufacturers such as Henkel are opting for this cutting-edge technology. It also enables complex containers to be economically produced in house, with no need for external procurement. In using preferential heating Henkel improves its ecological footprint and simplifies its logistics and production processes. At its facility in Wassertrüdingen, Germany, the concern has now invested in a KHS stretch blow molder featuring the new technology for its Fa body care brand. Reducing the bottle weight while simultaneously increasing the percentage of recyclate used in the packaging were the key factors that influenced Henkel’s decision to buy.
Environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic
The packaging is user friendly, the material kind to the environment, the machine powerful: the KHS Group’s Innopack Kisters CNP (Carton Nature Packer) processes can toppers made of cardboard at a rate of up to 108,000 cans per hour. With the help of its recently developed CNP machine, the turnkey supplier is now establishing a further sustainable form of secondary packaging on the market.
KHS further develops its keg fillers
KHS is making its successful Innokeg Transomat and Innokeg CombiKeg keg fillers even more sustainable, efficient and future-proof with a whole host of innovations. As minor as some of these may seem in detail, together they prove extremely effective.
Drinktec 2021: “Personal exchange is crucial”
In the fall of 2021 the world’s beverage industry will again look to Munich when drinktec 2021 will be providing some answers to the big future issues addressed by the sector. We talk to Petra Westphal and Markus Kosak, both from Messe München, and with member of the KHS Executive Management Board Dr. Johannes T. Grobe about what visitors to the trade show can expect – also in the wake of corona.
Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB) consistently focuses on reducing its footprint in a region where climate protection is already a matter of survival. This South African bottler gets support through resource-saving technologies from KHS – made in Germany.
Strong partners: RHODIUS Mineralquellen
The partnership between RHODIUS Mineralquellen and KHS is just one of many examples of the excellent relations KHS enjoys with its customers. The mineral water bottling plant recently invested in a returnable glass line from the Dortmund systems supplier that posed a number of specific challenges.
New KHS long-tube filler
More speed and greater scope are what beverage producers with a large product portfolio and frequent product and container changeovers in particular wish for. All this is a given with the new long-tube filler from KHS whose high degree of flexibility is nothing less than convincing. Thanks to its modular design customers profit from high standards of hygiene and fast installation and commissioning. The Innofill Glass platform also provides outstanding growth prospects for the future.
MKE Brewing Company and KHS
People like Jim McCabe are helping to ensure that Milwaukee is also associated with handcrafted beers. His model for success is to provide quality products with a local character made by Milwaukee Brewing Company at a traditional location.
Even more flexible and hygienic
Light, compact and convenient, the beverage can is experiencing something of a renaissance. More and more are being sold practically everywhere on 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 . The forecast is for further growth. As one of the world's leading manufacturers of filling and packaging equipment KHS has decades of expertise in this segment. The turnkey supplier has now expanded its tried-and-tested technology for both the high- and medium-capacity ranges.
African Breweries invests in kegging line from KHS
The example of beer brand Senator Keg shows how you can effectively leverage market potential while exercising social responsibility. In Kenya this has proved successful with a clever strategy – and with the help of technology and service from KHS.
Compact design, high energy efficiency, simple installation and fast commissioning – these are the convincing arguments that speak for the Innopro BoxFlash from KHS. The engineering company first presented its flash pasteurizer machine, specifically developed to meet the demands of small and medium-sized breweries, four years ago. The technology, proven in practice many times since, is now available for several new areas of application: where it was initially only used in keg racking, it is now compatible with the glass, can and PET container segments. Its compact design on a frame means that users benefit from lower logistics costs and faster installation.
Resilient to crisis
Digital communication and processes can never fully replace personal contact or the human factor. Just how helpful virtual solutions can be, however – when face-to-face encounters are suddenly impossible – is illustrated by the current pandemic. KHS is a reliable and supportive partner to its customers during these challenging times. With its various digital systems and solutions, such as the intelligent ReDiS remote maintenance system and Basic Line Monitoring, the Dortmund engineering company ensures that production processes are efficient. Customers also benefit from fast, uncomplicated technical support through KHS’ Augmented Reality Service and 24/7 Service HelpDesk.
Mandatory deposit on containers in Germany
The Bundesrat (upper house of German parliament) recently voted in favor of extending the mandatory deposit on containers to cover all non-returnable plastic bottles and beverage cans. This is good news for the protection of the environment. For besides yielding a higher quota of returns, a high recycling rate has a positive impact on the ecobalance of beverage packaging. Implementing this would present a lot of juice producers with a number of challenges, however. Their problem is that owing to the composition of their materials most plastic bottles filled with sensitive products such as juice cannot be collected by type and recycled to make new bottles. Barrier technologies already established on the market provide an answer here; these protect the liquid food from gas exchange with the help of a wafer-thin layer of chemically pure glass. Dortmund manufacturer of filling and packaging systems KHS is a pioneer in this field. Since 2002 the corporate group has provided a glass coating technology that enables full bottle-to-bottle recycling under the name of FreshSafe PET®.
KHS and ALPLA Group returnable PET bottle
“Reduce, reuse, recycle”: for the KHS Group these three pillars of sustainability are a composite part of its corporate philosophy. The manufacturer of filling and packaging technology consistently focuses on resource-saving, recycling-friendly systems and solutions. Together with Austrian packaging expert ALPLA KHS has now developed a returnable PET container that at 55 grams is extremely light. The 1.0-liter bottle’s high recyclate content of 35% also has a very positive effect on its overall ecobalance.
Innoket Neo Flex
More and more customers are asking for modular systems and solutions. The KHS Group is thus systematically restructuring its engineering portfolio – also as regards labeling technology. Its prime move here is the addition of the modular Innoket Neo Flex machine to its tried-and-tested Innoket Neo series. With its quick-change modules this extremely flexible system masters all standard labeling techniques. Furthermore, thanks to the low maintenance effort and very long service life users benefit from low operating costs.
Ecofriendly can packaging system
The KHS Group has added a further environmentally-friendly system to its portfolio. With its tried-and-tested Innopack Kisters tray packers the systems supplier now enables cans of food and beverage to be wrapped in paper. The new technology provides an alternative to shrink film or wrap-around cartons. Regarding stability the results are the same yet compared to cardboard costs are lower as less energy and fewer materials are used. With a few minor adjustments existing machines can also be converted to the new setup.
Project on the plasma coating
The German Raw Materials Efficiency Prize is awarded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) for outstanding products, processes and research results, through which, thanks to new, intelligent processes, particularly efficient use can be made of raw materials. Under this aspect, a jury headed by the German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA) has nominated for the award the project PECVD gas barrier coating of reusable PET bottles, in which the working group for plasma and surface technology at IKV is carrying out joint research with project partner, KHS Corpoplast GmbH. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) as part of the collaborative research centre SFB-TR87 as a so-called transfer project.
In the future the digital twin will become a key component of industrial production. KHS already uses models to virtually map the machine and conveyor system commissioning process.
Closed plastics loop
The debate on plastic is presenting the beverage and food industries with a number of big challenges. The KHS Group is clear that the increased use of recycled PET provides a significant partial solution to this problem. The Dortmund systems supplier is thus focusing on sustainable products and services which help to close the recycling loop.
KHS ensures long-term line operation
Supplier component discontinuation offensive: with this proactive service the KHS Group prevents costly machine downtimes at beverage plants and safeguards the long service lives of its filling and packaging machinery. With the availability of significant components becoming ever shorter, KHS’ discontinuation management scheme makes sure plant equipment stays up and running. This topic is gaining in importance in our digital age, where electronic components have shorter product life cycles. KHS not only brings its systems into line with the state of the art; operators also benefit from increased machine efficiency thanks to the use of new technologies.
The FreshSafe PET® success story
With its Plasmax coating technology and the FreshSafe PET® packaging system which has evolved from it, KHS offers the food and beverage industries a sustainable, environmentally-friendly system with the best possible product protection. Today’s coating system for PET bottles dates back to the 1990s when it was used in the pharmaceutical industry. How has this extraordinary story of success come about?
KHS revolutionizes packaging processes
First-class natural mineral water and an exclusive bottle design are the trademarks of the Badoit spring. From the bottled water to the packaging the premium brand makes the highest demands of the quality of its products. KHS has supported the company, part of Danone, since 1986. With its new Innopack Kisters SP A-H shrink packer Badoit is again benefiting from the expertise of the Dortmund machine and systems manufacturer. The packaging machine produces shrink film processing quality as yet unrivaled on the market with practically crease-free and consistently stable results.
InnoPET Blomax Series V stretch blow molder
A strong partner for Asahi Soft Drinks.: KHS equips the Japanese bottler with up-to-the-minute technology for its Rokko water brand. The company is particularly convinced by the high quality and sustainability of the InnoPET Blomax Series V stretch blow molder.
Where’s secondary packaging going?
The war on packaging waste is fought on many fronts in the beverage industry – from the manufacturers of packaging materials to the bottler. KHS is helping to develop new standards in this field, from which beverage producers and consumers alike are set to profit.