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    Spotlight on a recycling champion: the good old beverage can
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    Those of you who have followed our Krones blog will perhaps know me. I used to be product manager for the SynCo container conveyor and as such wrote reports at regular intervals. And although, over the past few months during the pandemic, it often seemed to me that time had stopped, I think it is about time now for me to write another update – and my first article on our new platform.

    In late 2019, I moved to the product management team for our turnkey lines where I am now dedicating my efforts exclusively to our canning lines. Here, my job is to advise customers, in conjunction with the sales team, on all aspects of their future canning line, to identify development potential in our talks, and to incorporate it in our development roadmap.
     
    The good old beverage can. It was developed in the USA in 1935, and nearly struck down in Germany in 2003 when the deposit on cans was introduced. Now, 18 years later, cans are downright booming – even in Germany and indeed all over the world. The can stands for handiness, is much in demand in design and marketing circles, and turns out to be a genuine sustainability champion. A recently published study reveals that only 0.03 % of all beverage cans in Germany end up in our natural environment, while 99.3 % of the aluminium cans in common use find their way back into the recycling loop. Globally speaking, the can has one major advantage over other types of packaging, in that its base material as such, aluminium, has a relatively high recycling value and therefore offers an incentive for recycling even without a deposit system.

    Handiness, recoverability and high product integrity are reasons enough for our customers to devote increasing attention to can filling at present. In Krones, they find an experienced and reliable partner with whom to tackle their next project – who offers a whole range of innovations in this field.

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    Longer cleaning intervals coupled with shorter cleaning times, thanks to the Modulfill Bloc FS-C with a small cleanroom

    The Modulfill with a small cleanroom, used in conjunction with the Modulseam seamer (Modulfill Bloc FS-C), ensures an environment that meets maximised standards of hygiene, thus permitting longer cleaning intervals and shorter cleaning times since the routines involved are run in parallel. That results in higher availability levels and reduces non-productive times.

    A lot of progress has also been made in the field of secondary packaging – and here, too, the main focus is on sustainability. Our new secondary-packaging solution LitePac Top is now available for all can sizes in common use. The LitePac Top is THE alternative to shrink-films and plastic-ring solutions. By integrating the LitePac Top modules into our field-proven Variopac, it is possible to handle secondary and tertiary packaging on a single machine, which significantly reduces the entire line’s footprint.

    In addition to the innovations mentioned above, we also have a number of other irons in the fire. So I am really looking forward to the months ahead and many interesting meetings with our customers, who will time and again present us with new challenges. But that is precisely what drives us on. We do not stop in our efforts – We do more!

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