At the world premiere of the Innofill Can C at drinktec 2017 Canadian craft brewery Steamworks procured the very first machine with a serial number of 001. In commissioning the can filler in February 2018 the Dortmund systems provider laid the foundations for the future machine series. "The high order entry demonstrates that this machine concept is already proving convincing," says Kevin Rathbun, project manager at KHS USA. The machine manufacturer has already sold a number of the new can fillers worldwide.
KHS shipped the can filler in a single container to the customer in Vancouver where it was commissioned on site on a plug-and-produce basis without any need for complicated installation processes. As the 21 filling and three seaming stations, valve manifold, cladding and control cabinet on the Innofill Can C form an enclosed, ready-to-produce machine unit, all that had to be done during installation was to connect up the electricity cables, piping and conveyors.
Only 14 days from delivery to commissioningJust 14 days lay between delivery and the commissioning of the prototype. According to Steamworks its new plant engineering fills approximately 15,000 cans an hour in its standard 355-milliliter can format. The craft brewery also uses cans holding 473 and 500 milliliters. "With its new development KHS has again made the technical innovations of its big machines available to the craft brewing segment," says Rathbun.
Steamworks' CEO Gershkovitch is very pleased with his new can filler. "I like the KHS approach to design. In my experience things with a logical array work best." In addition to the compact layout and fast installation, Gershkovitch also appreciates the machine's hygienic design. In particular, this includes a gapless bell guide with PTFE expansion joints (Teflon) and bells which are lifted and positioned fully electropneumatically to seal the cans - without any mechanical action from cams and rollers. This does away with the need for water lubrication, simplifies cleaning and promises a service life which is up to twice as long as before.
The Innofill Can C is designed for low to medium outputs depending on the can size. KHS is to initially implement a further machine size this year in order to increase the capacity for filling 330-milliliter cans from 15,600 to 27,800 cans per hour. "In addition to craft brewers, who continue to grow and grow, medium-sized breweries are also increasingly asking for further cost-efficient machines for the medium capacity range," emphasizes Rathbun. According to specifications the can filler can also process carbonated soft drinks or CSDs. "The output is then slightly higher", Rathbun states.