Challenge: limited space available
Since the demand for its brands has been steadily rising in recent years, Faxe decided to invest in a new canning line. This nowadays fills both beer and cider, plus soft drinks, for outputs of up to 72,000 containers an hour. “In terms of soft drinks, we’ve come up against the limits of our capacity, whereas with beer, thanks to the new Krones line, we now have free additional capacities of around 300,000 hectolitres in the filling area again,” explains Keld Norup Lauridsen, Head of Production and Warehouse
The biggest challenge for both Krones’ planning engineers and Faxe’s technical management was to integrate the new line into the existing hall. After all, the brewery operates a total of nine lines in one hall, all of them installed in a very confined space.
It was a challenge, because the space avaiable was extremely limited.
Keld Norup Lauridsen
Krones installed the new line in two phases within a one-year period: first the wet end, then the dry end. And although the new line handles more than twice as many containers as the previous 40,000-cph line, it nonetheless had to be accommodated on the same footprint, which is why Krones decided on a two-level configuration.