The line with the ErgoBloc L replaced an existing one that dated back to the 1990s and no longer met contemporary requirements. However, it was not installed on the same area, but in a building specially erected for the purpose. The old water line, by contrast, made room for the new Kosme line.
With the Krones new line, for the entire process involved – from stretch blow-moulding all the way through to container closing – only one operator is required. This is made possible by the ErgoBloc L wet-end block, which handles within a single system the steps of stretch blow-moulding, labelling, filling and closing. And the block requires up to 70 per cent less space than conventional configurations. In order to speed up the change-over process to new bottle formats and to neatly store the moulds not currently needed, Antartic deploys three MouldStar change trolleys. These contain moulds for two different 1.5-litre bottles and one 0.5-litre size. Two Variopac Pro FS shrink-wrappers pack the 1.5-litre and 0.5-litre containers. A Robobox then prepares the layers, which are thereupon palletised in a Modulpal 2A.
The finished pallets are transferred automatically to a high-bay warehouse. With this line, the company can produce 900 of these finished pallets a day. In 2017, it delivered around 400,000 pallets of beverages to the central warehouses of the Intermarché Group, which Antartic is a member of.