Suppliers are expanding their portfolios and helping beverage-makers in their packaging and distribution operations by maintaining quality control and increasing uptime. At drinktec, Gerhard Schubert GmbH and KHS showcased the benefits of the Innopack-TLM block packaging system which can pack beverage crates, baskets, clusters and other cardboard packaging. Sacmi debuted a cross-process quadblock platform that combines stretch-blow molding with labeling and filling all in one machine. Other companies are releasing devices to test the purity of water, inspect aluminum cans and increase production on the beverage production line.
Waterloo Container is a family owned business started in 1980 by Norm and Bill Lutz to support the burgeoning wine industry in the Finger Lakes of New York and on the East Coast. Since the beginning, we have grown with our customers into a pre-eminent packaging supplier for Eastern North America.
Suppliers released several new innovations to streamline beverage operations, including the patented variable position turner technology to maximize speed and flexibility for in-line, high-speed palletizing. Several companies also will showcase new beverage innovations at drinktec, including aseptic blow fill solutions for fruit juice, milk, wine and beer production.
InTrek Keg Carousel increases keg capacity by 20 percent
July 14, 2017
InTrek Logistics LLC announced that it has increased the keg capacity of its patented InTrek Keg Carousel by 20 percent, going from 10 sixth barrels in each carrier to 12 barrels in each carrier with a maximum height of 25 feet.
The 2017 Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America took place April 10-13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The event attracted 13,300 brewing professionals. The Craft Brewers Conference featured 140 speakers and 72 seminars across 11 educational tracks, while the BrewExpo America tradeshow showcased 900 exhibitors.
Tetra Pak teams up with Microsoft on new digital innovations
June 16, 2017
In partnership with Steel King, Wisconsin Lift Truck developed a new hand cart that enables the transport of products to retail stores, while also doubling as a display to minimize heavy lifting and ensure the easy, safe transportation of bottles, cans and cases to the retail floor, the company says. Construction involved directly bolting a steel 48-inch-square five-shelve wire rack unit to a pallet.
Douglas Machine Inc. offers the TriVex SL top loader, which is designed to pack pouches and bags in a standup configuration into retail-ready display cases with one or two product facings, the company says. With a quick and simple changeover, it packs pouches and bags flat with two or three products for each layer and has the ability to run vertical and flat packs on the same machine, it adds.
Calpipe Industries Inc., a provider of conduit products for corrosive environments, offers a wide range of conduit with best-in-class corrosion resistance properties along with a high-quality, smooth bright finish that limits the harborage of harmful bacteria and pathogens, the company says.