Best fit for complex needs
The canning line from Krones includes a 21,000 cph Volumetic VODM-C can filler, a VarioFlash B flash pasteurizing system, and a Variopac Pro packer capable of handling up to 350 cans per minute. The line went live in March 2018.
The focus for the new equipment was on versatility rather than speed, due to the wide array of brands and flavors Boulevard wanted to produce. The line can run up to three different can sizes and twelve different packaging formats.
It took some creativity to give the line the flexibility we needed, and that was provided by the experts at Krones
The VarioFlash B flash pasteurizer was added to provide more options for expanding the portfolio. “Along with installing the can line, we took the opportunity to upgrade the yeast tank and added VarioFlash in order to flash pasteurize some of our barrel-aged beers,” explains Grabar. The VarioFlash B flash pasteurizer guarantees the microbiologically safe filling of beer. Every Boulevard product has its own requirements, and the VarioFlash can adjust individually to the respective application.
Adding to the project's complexity, the VarioFlash had to be installed simultaneously with the Volumetic. “We had two teams here from Krones at the same time for the can line and flash pasteurizer because a lot of what goes through the flash pasteurizer, then has to go to the can line, so they needed to be finished at the same time,” says Jason Hart, Packaging Manager.