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    Smart process control system for the stretch blow molder

    Contiloop AI detects even the slightest variations in material distribution in the production of PET containers and automatically adjusts key stretch-blow-molding parameters in real time.

    The challenges associated with manufacturing PET containers are varied and complex. Process windows are short, and even the daily changes in ambient temperature and humidity in the production hall require regular manual adjustments to various process parameters to ensure the required level of container quality. Steadily increasing production speeds present another challenge: While the maximum output per blowing station was still at 1,600 containers per hour back in 2000, today’s stations are capable of making up to 2,750 bottles per hour. So, a machine can turn out as many as 100,000 containers per hour. Of course, at such high speeds, even the slightest deviations from ideal conditions can quickly and significantly impact an entire production run.

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    Krones presents a new generation of the Contiform

    Environmentally friendly, sustainable, AND cost-effective operation: That was one of the paramount goals for this latest evolution of the Contiform. When it comes to stretch blow molders, the greatest potential for improvement in these areas often lies in reducing energy consumption in preform heating and, of course, in lowering compressed air consumption in the blowing process. And Krones’ R&D team have made the most of these opportunities: They’ve shortened the distance between the heaters, made the heating space even more compact overall, and redesigned the heaters with parabolic reflectors. As a result, they’ve cut energy consumption by 11 percent compared to the previous generation.

    The team has also achieved substantial savings on compressed air. Unlike the technology customary on the market to date, the new Air Wizard Triple air recycling system uses a three-stage compressed-air recycling process that can reduce compressed air consumption by as much as 20 percent.

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    Krones Solutions beyond tomorrow

    At this year’s drinktec Krones is presenting its new claim, a large number of innovations and a future-driven target picture.

    How can mankind hold back climate change? How can the world's population be fed? And how do we handle packaging materials responsibly? These issues have a direct impact on all social classes. Each and every one of us must assume responsibility for them and help solve them. This is the only way to make sure we leave a planet worth living on to future generations.

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    Veltins puts its trust in returnable glass and in two new lines from Krones

    The German brewery C. & A. Veltins ranks among the most technologically advanced privately owned breweries in Europe. To ensure that remains the case, the company’s leadership have been channelling a steady stream of investments into their brewery. At present, the name of the game is growth – innovation – flexibilisation, which is supported by Krones with two new returnable-glass lines.

    Quite a lot has been happening on the premises of the C. & A. Veltins brewery in Grevenstein since 2020. A building with six levels is currently under construction. The equipment to be installed there includes two filling lines, and moving in machinery has already been in full swing since early March. Cranes are being used to lift the first Krones machines (weighing quite a few tons) for the new returnable-glass line up to Level 5, to a height of 15 metres. This filling line is rated at 50,000 bottles per hour and will in the autumn of 2023 be followed by the installation of a second line able to produce up to 80,000 glass bottles an hour.

    Cranes are being used to lift the heavyweight machines for the new returnable-glass line from Krones up to Level 5. (Photo credits: Brauerei C. & A. Veltins)

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    Upcycling residual materials from the brewing process right through to CO2 neutrality: Steinecker uses brewers grains and yeast as sources of protein and energy

    Thanks to Steinecker’s development project, the Ustersbacher Brauerei will in future be able to use brewer’s grains and yeast as sources of protein and energy. From the left: Two development specialists, Prof. Waldemar Reule and Dr. Rainer Gottschalk, Dr. Ralph Schneid and Dirk Hämling (both Steinecker GmbH), Josef Geh (technical director Ustersbacher Brauerei) and the owner of the Ustersbacher Brauerei, Stephanie Schmid

    • One of the latest Brewnomic modules – A holistically conceived solution for material upcycling of residual materials from the brewing process and using them for energy recovery is examined and optimised in a pilot installation as part of a Steinecker development project.
    • One of the substances that can be extracted from brewer’s grains is protein, for which we are currently seeing very substantial demand not only in the food and beverage industries, but also from producers of food supplements or cosmetics.
    • Once the valuable constituents have been separated, the biomass remaining is much easier to process in a biogas plant with the current state of the art than it would be without pretreatment.

    For most breweries, brewer’s grains are just what’s left over after brewing and often merely used as animal feed. In some cases, breweries even have to pay for their disposal. But in actual fact much, much more is hiding in the residual materials from the brewing process. They offer not only rewarding options in terms of sustainability but also some profitable extra business for breweries. A project pursued jointly by Steinecker and the two development specialists Prof. Waldemar Reule and Dr. Rainer Gottschalk demonstrates how this can be successfully managed. The concept they have developed is now for the first time translated into shopfloor reality at the Ustersbacher Brauerei in Bavaria.

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    For drinking water in household quantities: Contiform 3 BigBottle produces large PET containers

    For millions of people all over the world, packaged drinking water is an essential part of their daily life, especially if they live in a region where they cannot depend on a reliable supply of potable tap water. Personal, health-related reasons or sensory preferences may also cause consumers to choose packaged alternatives. Whether it is high nitrate values or heavy chlorination: The composition of tap water varies from region to region – and many consumers prefer a water quality different from that coming out of their taps.

    An ecologically sensible solution: Large PET containers

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    First-ever canning line for Bundaberg Brewed Drinks

    The past five years have been a genuine success story for the Craftmate C: since it was premiered at the BrauBeviale 2015, 80 beverage producers have opted for this compact-size can filler from Krones – the majority of them craft breweries in North America. But the Craftmate proves persuasive in the rest of the world, too: Krones has, for instance, delivered six of these machines to Australia in the last three years.

    That the Craftmate is ideally suited not only for craft beer but for all other types of craft drinks is vividly demonstrated by Bundaberg Brewed Drinks. The Australian family firm produces premium soft drinks like ginger beer, and exports these to more than 60 countries. It fills them into the iconic amber glass stubby bottles, and now also cans them in-house. For this purpose, the company has invested in a canning line, for which Krones supplied the entire wet end: besides the line’s heart, a Craftmate C, a Canmatic empty-can inspector, a Contiflow mixer, two Checkmat inspection systems, a LinaTherm warmer and a Linadry drier are also included in the scope of delivery.

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    Krones and innocent are building a CO2-neutral bottling plant

    Following long years of contract-bottling, the smoothie and juice producer innocent has decided to build the very first bottling plant of its own.

    Krones won the order for four complete PET bottling lines and the corresponding IT landscape. The paramount consideration for “the blender”, as innocent has christened its greenfield project, was sustainability: the aim is to build an entirely CO2-neutral factory. “But we’re also keen to reduce water consumption to a minimum, since we want to treat and re-use as much of it as possible,” explains Sam Woollett, Engineering and Facilities Lead. Each of the four identical PET lines handles up to 32,000 containers an hour. The new plant has been tasked with filling about 400 million bottles of chilled drinks a year. In all, innocent has invested approximately 250 million US-dollars in this project.

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    Krones supports medical and charitable institutions

    The demand for disinfectants has currently reached unprecedented heights. Though adequate resupply is assured, many institutions are receiving this in large-size containers, which in practice are difficult to handle. For this reason, Krones is supporting hospitals, government agencies, police stations and fire brigades with its expertise, and is providing not only PET containers but also the appropriate filling options.

    In mid-March, Krones was already supplying Regensburg University Clinic (UKR) with 5,000 half-litre PET containers for transferring disinfectants from large-size containers into these. But since manual filling is not only very time-consuming but also labour-intensive, Krones once again demonstrated its expertise in terms of filling technology, and designed what is so far the smallest filler in the firm’s history. The UKR’s in-house pharmacy can now use this filler for transferring the resupply of disinfectants more quickly, thus substantially reducing the workload of its own staff and the clinic as a whole.

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    Krones achieves full-year growth target for 2019

    Krones, the world’s leading manufacturer of filling and packaging technology, achieved its 3% growth target in 2019 despite the difficult overall economic environment. Revenue increased by 2.7% year-on-year, from €3,854.0 million to €3,958.9 million.

    The company’s order intake improved by 3.2%, from €3,957.3 million in the previous year to €4,083.5 million in 2019. Krones benefited from a strong year-end. The contract value of orders was up 10.7% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2019. At the end of 2019, the company had orders on hand totalling €1,385.7 million. This exceeded the already high prior-year order backlog of €1,261.1 million by 9.9%.