Albert Einstein once said, “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” Adaptability also is a key measure in the form/fill/seal supply chain arena. The convergence of several consumer trends is driving demand for more flexible filling systems.
“Whether it’s beer, water, juice, [carbonated soft drinks] (CSDs), hot-fill, cold-fill, carb, non-carb, their own label or co-packers, customers want more flexibility,” says Barry Fenske, head of filling technology at Krones Inc., Franklin, Wis. “And they want to go faster. And they want quicker changeovers. They want to run lighter PET bottles and caps. They want their filler to be ‘green,’ sustainable and less of a carbon footprint.