Streamlined Canning Line Concept: Carlsberg and KHS Implement Successful Projects in China

Carlsberg, one of the leading beer companies in China, aims to improve the quality of local beers in the long term and grow together with its partners, suppliers and employees. This is to be brought about by constant modernization of existing plant equipment and the introduction of new, advanced technologies.

KHS has an important role to play in this strategy; recently, for instance, the systems provider installed two canning lines at Carlsberg Dali Brewery (Dali City, Yunnan Province) and at Carlsberg Yibin Brewery (Yibin City, Sichuan Province).

This close partnership is an important factor when it comes to project implementation – as the most recent undertaking illustrates. Despite the restrictions imposed by the corona pandemic, the new canning lines were commissioned before the agreed date. KHS’ policy of regionalization, now in place for several years, was central to the project’s speedy realization.

In this large-scale project Carlsberg found it important that its new canning lines have a clear and streamlined layout. This was also to be as identical as possible at the two Chinese sites.

The heavily reduced number of buffer and conveying segments in the new line design make higher demands of the system control and machine availability – the shorter distances between the individual stations on the line tolerate no faults in the production processes. The high degree of reliability and ease of operation and maintenance of KHS’ technology proved convincing, however.

The heart of the line is the ultramodern Innofill Can DVD can filler that processes up to 90,000 0.33-liter cans or a maximum of 60,000 0.5-liter cans per hour, ranging from local brands to Carlberg’s famous products. The concept also incorporates an Innopas SX tunnel pasteurizer and a packaging system comprising an Innopack SP shrink packer at each respective plant plus two wrap-around packers in Yibin and one in Dali, where several years ago KHS installed three convincing returnable glass lines.

Another special feature of the current project was the request for a lubrication-free container conveying concept and a dry production environment.

For more information, visit https://www.khs.com.

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