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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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    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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    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 brewer’s 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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    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.