Food & Beverage Asia Oct/Nov 2018

PROCESSING AND PACKAGING 48 FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2018 C ombining two or more single machines to form a block can give rise to many bene̬ts for users. For instance, conveyor s e gme n t s b e t we e n t h e individual machines are no longer needed, reducing the overall machine footprint to create a compact system. This equates to less maintenance e ̫ ort and fewer spare parts required. Established machine technology can be blocked in many areas – in the ̬lling and packaging and palletising sections and inmany di ̫ erent applications, from still water through beer to mixed milk beverages, and more. As one of the leading manufacturers of ̬lling and packaging systems for the beverage, food and non-food industries, with its latest additions for the hygienic ̬lling of sensitive beverages, KHS has continued to augment its range of blocked systems. We are carrying on a trend where KHS is itself one of the pioneers. Back in 2002 and 2004, we presented our initial plans at various international trade shows. In 2008, the KHS InnoPET BloFill stretch blowmolder/ ̬ller block went into operation. At the time, this was one of the ̬rst on the market and remains a successful model today. Today, the entire blocking concept at KHS is so modular that we can o ̫ er a huge diversity of systems that cater to a whole range of di ̫ erent customer requirements. Our open architecture and intelligent block interfaces enable totally di ̫ erent individual systems to be created quickly and easily. Unlike the standard systems frequently found, KHS also supplies ̭exible systems such as these in the medium capacity range. Power of Blocked Single Machines Thanks to the compact block design and direct connection of two or three machines, among the most obvious advantages and synergies of such systems are the reduced space requirement and omission of air conveyors – with all of the positive knock-on e ̫ ects these entail. These primarily include lower acquisition costs, simple and e ̮ cient operation and reduced maintenance e ̫ ort. As the compact machine has a smaller footprint, fewer materials are also required. Depending on the application, directly linking the individual components and introducing an intelligent drive concept and safe bottle handling make for very efficient block performance control. Another important aspect is operation. Where several operators are usually required to man the bu ̫ er segments when moving from one machine to another, the components on a block are rarely more than one or two steps apart. This makes work much easier for the operator and helps to minimise blind spots in line operation, which could cause the stretch blow molder to stop if there is a backup, for example, or vice versa, where the ̬ller halts production if no more bottles are fed onto the line. Larger screens which are networked with one another further simplify control and the increasing standardisation of components and processes reduces both the time and e ̫ ort needed for training and ̬nding su ̮ cient manpower. Building Efficient Manufacturing Systems Block by Block As one of the pioneers of block concepts, KHS explains the advantages of block solutions for processing and packaging lines. By Mr. Frank Haesendonckx , Head of Sales and Technology at KHS Corpoplast and Mr. Thomas Niehr , Head of Aseptic Filling Technology for KHS Linear Filling Block System by KHS