The base, with its sloped Tabletec top, provides some substantial advantages for cleaning and maintenance, because no dirt corners are formed where the product might collect. On the inclined surface, product and other liquids just run down automatically, thus enhancing the microbiological safety of the bottling process.
Ergomatic: the latest labeller model
For dressing its glass bottles in cold-glue labels, CREW Republic opted for the very latest labeller model from Krones, an Ergomatic. One of the first machines of this family is up and running in the craft brewery. In future, Krones will be offering almost all its labellers from just one modularised system. A single basic standardised machine, available in several sizes, is combined with labelling stations that are either permanently affixed or can be docked onto the basic machine as needed, using the appropriate variants. Even though the Ergomatic’s labelling station is permanently affixed, retrofitting the machine with replaceable stations at a later juncture is always possible. Clients are thus keeping their options open for the future.
Thanks to direct drives for the bottle table and the transfer starwheels, there is no need to lubricate the Ergomatic´s main drive train. Compared to a machine featuring a main drive with intermediate gears, the direct drives, thanks to their higher efficiency, also cut energy consumption. Since the machine does without a tabletop, its carousel is very easily accessible from all sides and its footprint is significantly smaller. The labels are handled using the field-proven oscillating pallet travel concept. Labelling accuracy, high as it is anyway, has been further enhanced by means of a direct drive without gear wheel play. The machine is in hygienic design throughout, which makes it very easy to clean.
In good hands with Krones
For CREW Republic to enter into a dialogue with Krones was, in the General Manager’s view, “a relatively logical step. As we’ve mentioned before, our principal focus is on quality. This, and the requisite work routines that top-quality products demand, take precedence over anything else in our operations. We were quite clear in our minds that we most definitely need a bottling operation that does our product justice. This means minimised oxygen pick-up and dependable work procedures guaranteeing a high level of availability. We accord comparatively high importance to packaging as well. And we want everything to be single-sourced, to have just one contact person for the whole subject of bottling, quite simply to minimise the amount of interfacing involved. We are no technicians ourselves, so rather a lot was here based on trust, trust that comes with Krones’ good reputation – that, too, tipped the scales in favour of Krones. ‘Well, when this is Krones, then the quality will be OK,’ we told ourselves. And we then felt we were in very good hands with this company, even though we are such a small firm – that came as quite a pleasant surprise for us. Not all of Krones’ competitors took us seriously. I had the feeling that Krones devoted just as much time to our inquiry as it does for a major player, something you can’t take for granted.”