Dynamic Biofilm Protection
With ultrasound, deposits on bottle washing machines, for instance, can be clearly reduced, cleaning intervals lengthened and downtimes shortened – not to mention the savings in energy and resources. German mineral water bottling plant Staatlich Bad Meinberger has put this simple principle into practice – and is delighted with the results.
KHS systems combine efficiency with safety
Sensitive beverages and flexible systems and solutions – these are the topics in focus at the KHS trade show booth for this year’s Anuga FoodTec. With its new InnoPET BloFill ACF-R aseptic block the Dortmund systems supplier wants to set new standards in safety and hygiene when it comes to bottle sterilization. Visitors can also find out all about the latest generation of InnoPET Plasmax barrier technology and the first module in the digital KHS ConnectApp service.
Faster, better and more efficient
By investing the equivalent of over €11.5 million in the modernization of its filling and packaging equipment at its Carlsberg Brewery in Northampton, Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC) is taking action to help make its production operations more sustainable. With the energy-efficient, high-performance Innofill Can DVD filler and resource-conserving Innopack Kisters Nature MultiPack (NMP) packer, two new KHS machines are to take on a key role at the brewery. They will improve production while reducing expected water consumption and use of plastic in packaging by increasing capacity for the clever Snap Pack Nature MultiPack, an innovative, sustainable secondary packaging system co-developed by KHS and Carlsberg Group.
Faster neck changes on the stretch blow molder
Whereas in the past only one category of product was usually run on aseptic lines, bottlers of sensitive beverages now face an ever-growing demand for flexibility. Beverage producers who process both aseptically filled beverages and juice and carbonated soft drinks need to use 38-millimeter bottle necks for the former and containers with 28-millimeter openings for the latter. If the bottle neck is to be changed on a PET line, however, to date a comparatively large amount of effort was required to convert the stretch blow molder in particular. Machines were often stopped for up to four hours, tying up the often very few operators of the same for a disproportionately long period of time. With its new, simplified neck changeovers KHS has now shortened the time needed to convert the InnoPET Blomax stretch blow molder – including the preform infeed.
KHS presents a diverse packaging portfolio
From May 4 to 10 the trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany, will be the hub of the global packaging industry. At this year’s interpack KHS will be presenting its diverse portfolio of resource-conserving systems to promote the circular economy. KHS’ Innopack Kisters Nature MultiPack machine will be on show by way of example that proves convincing with further developments such as a new universal adhesive. With its range of holistic services KHS is able to facilitate customer decision-making processes thanks to the use of independent calculator tools that assess the carbon footprint of various styles of packaging in direct comparison. Further technologies such as robots for efficient high-speed palletizing operations and modular automation systems for format changeovers round off KHS’ collection of exhibits at the show this year.
OUR PATH INTO YOUR FUTURE
Experience the future of the beverage industry close up with KHS: at drinktec from September 12 to 16 the engineering company will be presenting its latest machine and packaging systems. The focus will be on the filler/seamer block SmartCan by KHS/Ferrum that provides clear benefits regarding hygiene, flexibility and simple operation. With its new Loop LITE PET bottle concept KHS is further helping to optimize the ecobalance of beverage packaging and promoting closed recycling loops. Furthermore, at its booth in Hall B4 the turnkey supplier will also be exhibiting a modular automation concept for PET lines plus its full range of services that include both on-site assignments and remote digital solutions.
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.