PROCESSING AND PACKAGING FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2018 49 )%$ In order for things to remain simple and convenient for operators during servicing, each block should be treated as one machine. This ensures that all technical support – whether this be provided in the form of conversions, servicing or spare parts – comes from a single source. In a nutshell, the advantages of blocked machinery for operators are as follows: everything KHS develops regarding blocked systems lowers the total cost of ownership or TCO. After all, the intention is to facilitate the economic success of our customers. On the other hand, we also help our clients to adapt their production process to current market and consumer requirements which are increasingly a ̫ ecting the packaging itself in particular. Increased Flexibility in Hygienic Filling In hygienic filling, KHS provides suitable systems as linear or rotary ̬ller blocks to cater to all requirements. The Innosept Asbo̬ll ABF, a tried-and-tested linear ̬lling system for the medium capacity range, has now been made more powerful than ever before through the introduction of three new developments. A new transfer module enables it to be blocked with a standard KHS stretch blow molder, for instance. Moreover, the modular system permits various modules to be retro̬tted or replaced at a later date. Thirdly, the first chunk ̬ller for the aseptic segment from KHS can fill bigger particles than was the case to date, thus giving beverage producers maximum ̭exibility when designing their products. A new transfer module f o r g e s a b a s i c l i n k between the rotary stretch blow molder and the linear filler. In this development, the continuous rotational motion of the stretch blow molder has been successfully converted into the linear, step- by-step cyclic movement of the ̬ller. While the linear platform is superior to larger rotary systems when it comes to smaller batches and capacity ranges of up to 12,000 bottles per hour especially, the strengths of the latter lie in other forms of application. Using standardised modules, the ̬ller can be con̬gured depending on which hygiene class a bottler’s products fall under and precisely tailored to suit the exact specifications of each and every customer. The hygiene categorisation classes speci̬ed by the VDMA or German Engineering Association cover three categories for the ̬lling of sensitive products: Class III (ultraclean filling), Class IV (extended shelf life) and Class V (aseptic ̬lling). Also, adjusted to the operator’s requirements, the new KHS concept can cater for outputs ranging from24,000 to54,000bottlesper hour. The system offers plenty of scope with regards to the bottle size, too; the combination of container volume and output capacity can be con̬gured for 500 milliliters, 1.0 or 1.5 liters. Advantages to Consider The modular system for bottlers of sensitive beverages provides three major advantages. Firstly, thanks to the concept of modularisation, customers can con̬gure their machines according to their exact requirements. This is important as oversized systems not running at full capacity often cause longer downtimes, which always increase the risk of microbiological contamination. Secondly, modularisation leads to standardisation, which in turn means that in principle, all basic and module parts can be pre-produced and stocked by KHS. The customer thus benefits from shorter delivery times. And thirdly, the modular system also generates certain cost bene̬ts. These savings give KHS additional scope for integrating further safety systems, with which we consistently endeavor to permanently increase the standard of safety on our aseptic ̬lling machines.