This is definitely something new: for the first time, beverage producers can buy from Krones an all-in-one solution for filling and seaming cans. This block is, of course, packed full of Krones’ know-how coupled with state-of-the-art technology.
For the filling function, Krones has opted for field-proven technology: the volumetric Modulfill VFS-C can filler is suitable for both the small and large output ranges, and (depending on the container size and format involved) handles between 18,000 and 135,000 cans an hour. Maximised filling accuracy is assured by an inductive flow meter, which reliably measures the inflowing liquid until the specified fill volume has been reached. The filling valve used scores highly in terms of a hygienically sophisticated solution, from product routing to the pressing-on unit. Additional pluses in terms of hygiene include the no-front-table machine concept, in which Monotec starwheel columns with sloping surfaces are used throughout, for example, plus the grease-free main bearing, which is operated by means of automatic oil-circulating lubrication.
The Modulseam can seamer is an absolute innovation on the market, incorporating empirical feedback from Krones’ long years of experience in the fields of filling and closing technology.
The highlight: both modules are precisely matched to each other – which means they work hand in hand. At the Modulseam, too, hygiene is a paramount consideration: a seamer zone separated from the surrounding work environment, plus the roof table, where all cables and media piping are located outside the process zone, ensure a dependable seaming process.
With the Modulfill Bloc FS-C, Krones is expanding its corporate competence in terms of can handling, since in this harmonised system both Krones machines are perfectly coordinated – which makes the operator’s daily work, in particular, a whole lot easier: a standardised operator control concept and a shared touch-screen ensure that product and format change-overs can be performed without double manipulations and legwork. Quick-change handling parts at the filler and seamer, moreover, mean short times for changing over to different can sizes.