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    Krones Showroom received the German Brand Award

    Strolling through a beverage line, looking at machine details in a three-dimensional space and discussing the layout of an entire line from different perspectives: the Krones showroom offers a real virtual experience - right from the desk.

    Already in 2020, Krones went online with its showroom, in which 3D models of selected machines and systems could be experienced virtually. Especially in the case of the MetaPure recycling plant, the tool offers real added value - not only in the highly virtual pandemic period: in reality, several hundred square meters in size, every corner of the plant can now be accessed online, conveniently from your home screen.

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    Krones increases prices for new machines and lines

    Just two years after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the market continues to recover visibly – and Krones has reported a good order situation, insuring a solid starting position for 2022. Due to the continuing high level of market demand, the lead times for projects are currently becoming significantly longer, extending into 2023.

    In parallel, there are ongoing significant supply shortages for certain materials as well as disruptions in the global value chain, which lead to further cost increases. Krones consequently considers it necessary to take the measure of raising prices for all bottling and packaging equipment and for process technology by a further 4% as of 1 April 2022.

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    Kosme Barifill Canto: multipurpose filler for bottles and cans

    For the first time, the Krones Group presents a multipurpose filler that handles glass bottles, PET containers, and cans – the Barifill Canto. The Italian subsidiary Kosme is responsible for its development, construction, and installation. Kosme wanted to be able to offer smaller craft breweries and wineries the greatest possible flexibility in container choice without requiring them to invest in three different filling machines. The Barifill Canto fills beer, CSDs, sparkling water, and sparkling wines in a variety of can types and sizes, and also handles PET containers or glass bottles – the latter in both the classic wine bottle format and the long-neck bottle used for beer and CSDs.

    This flexibility is made possible by an innovative filling valve. Kosme has taken the best features of existing Modulfill series filling systems and combined them into a single valve. The valve is equipped with a level probe for filling bottles and a volumetric system with an inductive flow meter for cans. In order to reduce the required space as much as possible, the necessary container sealers are also integrated into the filler: a Krones Modulseam for cans and a Kosme crowner for glass bottles. As an option, plastic screw caps for PET and roll-on aluminum caps or corks can be handled as well. In the filler as well as in the sealers, all parts that come into contact with the product are made of stainless steel, enabling reliable cleaning and ensuring their longevity.

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    New Krones line for Handlmaier’s mustard production

    The Regensburg-based company Luise Händlmaier GmbH is above all renowned for its sweet homemade mustard that has fans all over the world, not just in Bavaria. Since the popularity of Händlmaier’s mustards, sauces and dressings just kept on growing, the mustard and delicatessen manufacturer decided upon a significant investment initiative for its production facility in Regensburg’s Haslbach industrial estate in 2018. This includes a new state-of-the-art turnkey line for making mustard and sauce. Händlmaier found the right partner for this project more or less on their doorstep: the complete-system vendor Krones from Neutraubling, only 15 kilometres away.

    Cooperation between the two tradition-steeped companies from the Regensburg region is nothing new. Händlmaier has for decades been using individual Krones machines for its mustard and sauce production. The company has now for the first time placed a major order with the complete-system vendor from Neutraubling: a new turnkey production line rated at 12,000 containers per hour will start operation at Händlmaier in the spring of 2021. It is only the filler that will be supplied by a third party because corresponding machines from Krones usually handle only beverages and liquid food but no products with a higher viscosity like mustard. Krones’ scope of supply starts directly downstream of the filler. When products are hot-filled, the disposable jars are first of all cooled down, and then a drier removes any condensation water. After that, the jars are dressed in a Krones labeller and checked for correct closure and label position by two inspection systems. Finally, Krones machines featuring the latest state of the art pack the individual jars in trays or cartons and palletise the finished packs.

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    Evolutionary quantum leap in inspection technology: Krones employs deep learning for empty bottle inspection

    Anyone who works with empty bottle inspectors knows that not every bottle that the inspector rejects actually has a defect. In most cases, it might simply be water droplets or a bit of foam still clinging to the bottle after cleaning. Since conventional systems can’t always distinguish these from contaminants or damage with 100 per cent certainty, they tend to err on the side of caution and reject the container. As a result, in every production shift, countless perfectly usable bottles land in the trash, never to be seen again.

    To change that, Krones has taken the evolution of its inspection technology to the next level. The new Linatronic AI employs deep learning software to automatically detect and classify anomalies, making it much smarter and more efficient than its conventional peers.

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    O-I Glass and Krones AG sign Collaboration Agreement

    O-I Glass, Inc. and Germany’s Krones AG signed a strategic collaboration agreement that aims to elevate glass by innovating together and to jointly create solutions for the growing glass market.

    “For O-I, glass is the preferred packaging solution in a world that increasingly values health, premium products and the environment. Not only does it maintain the integrity of the products and protects the environment, as customers and consumers intend, but it also offers magnificent opportunities for establishing brands and implementing sustainable solutions,” explains Andres Lopez, President and CEO at O-I. “This agreement is the first step that O-I and Krones are taking together in order to offer clients completely integrated, end-to-end solutions in the future.”

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    Krones strenghtens its PET capabilities

    Krones, a leading manufacturer of filling and packaging solutions, has acquired MHT Holding AG (MHT). MHT, based in Hochheim, Germany, together with its subsidiaries is providing injecting molding tools and services to the PET industry. The company generates approximately €25 million revenues with 125 employees.

    The acquisition of MHT closes a gap in the Krones PET value chain and represents an upstream extension of the Krones portfolio into tooling for PET preform manufacturing. Customers increasingly demand such integrated solutions. Together with MHT, Krones can now offer a broader portfolio for PET solutions.

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    Krones strengthens its Process Technology in the US

    Krones, the world’s leading manufacturer of filling and packaging technology, has completed the acquisition of W.M. Sprinkman Corporation, Wisconsin, US.

    Founded in 1929, Sprinkman provides engineered food and beverage processing equipment, specializing in the dairy and brewing industries. Employing over 125 employees at its Waukesha and Elroy, Wisconsin locations, the company serves customers ranging from start-up microbreweries to large multi-national food and beverage producers. Sprinkman generates approximately $35 millions in revenues.

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    Steinecker Brew Center: the world’s most sophisticated research brewery has been inaugurated

    The fact that Krones offers its clients everything from a single source is nothing new. But now the group even has a brewery of its own at its facility in Freising: the Steinecker Brew Center provides both clients and Krones itself with an option for collaborative brewing, conducting trials, and testing new technologies.

    The heart of the new brewing pilot plant is a five-hectolitre brewhouse comprising five different vessels. “The system is small, that’s true, but it offers maximum flexibility all the same: here we can combine different technologies, and are able to demonstrate the large bandwidth of solutions offered by Krones. We can, for example, reproduce an ultra-wide range of internationally employed processes on the one hand while also familiarising our own commissioning engineers and clients’ staff with the technologies concerned on the other,” explained Dr. Konrad Müller-Auffermann, who was responsible for this project, at the inauguration ceremony held on 19 June 2018.

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    Krones HMI wins iF Design Award

    For 65 years now, the iF Design Award has been a globally recognised trademark when it comes to excellent design and outstanding user experience (UX). And that’s precisely where the Krones Connected HMI proved persuasive in the communication design category.

    The HMI – the Human-Machine Interface – is the link between the human operator and the machine, and ensures that both sides can communicate with each other in fractions of a second without any problems. Its housing has been specially tailored to the requirements encountered in the beverage industry, and thanks to a combination of stainless steel and glass meets Krones’ stipulations for a hygienic design.