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KHS USA announced the release of a new, compact can filler designed to meet the needs of small- to medium-sized brewing companies with an output between 10,000 and 48,000 cans an hour. The Innofill CAN Compact features fast product and format changeovers and combines filler and seaming operations in a compact plug-and-play design, it says. The new, scaled-down machine builds on the company’s Innofill Can DVD series, which was developed in 2014 for large-capacity operations. The Innofill CAN Compact features an efficient carbon dioxide purging system with low oxygen pickup and about 30 percent less carbon dioxide consumption than conventional systems, the company says. The hygienic system is easy to install because the filler, seamer, control cabinet, valve manifold and paneling are combined in a closed unit, the company says. Other features include a gapless bell guide with PTFE expansion joints and bells that are lifted and electro-pneumatically positioned so that cans are sealed without any mechanical action from cams and rollers, eliminating the need for water lubrication and providing easy maintenance. Because PTFE materials are used in the filling valve to seal the filling valve piston and in the gas membranes, flavor carryover during changeovers are eliminated, which helps craft brewers who often brew a large number of different beers and mixed beer beverages maintain consistency, it adds. The bell enables can necks from 200 to 206 to be processed while the product tank, which is installed at the top of the filler carousel, has a working volume of 50 to 200 liters. KHS USA, 880 Bahcall Court,
Waukesha, Wis. 53186; 262/797-7200; khs.com.
Beverage Industry’s November issue highlights the 100-year advocacy of the American Beverage Association and what’s next for CEO Katherine Lugar and a new plastics initiative, Every Bottle Back. This issue includes a special report on craft beer, an Up Close With feature on PRESS hard cider and what is sparking innovation in natural colors. Read more about how protein is powering up beverages and how warehouses are using WMS and WCS systems to streamline operations. As usual, the latest trends in new products, packaging and ingredients are highlighted.
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