Sensitive beverages and flexible systems and solutions — these are the topics in focus at the KHS trade show booth for this year’s Anuga FoodTec. With its new InnoPET BloFill ACF-R aseptic block, KHS will showcase its safety and hygiene highlights for bottle sterilisation. Visitors can also learn more about the latest generation of InnoPET Plasmax barrier technology, and the first module in the digital KHS ConnectApp service.
“Economic success calls for maximum efficiency and availability in all filling and packaging processes. We provide innovative and resource-saving systems and solutions that fully satisfy all aspects of this demand,” said Tobias Wetzel, CSO of KHS. The most recent example of this is the new rotary InnoPET BloFill ACF-R aseptic block that combines the energy-efficient InnoPET Blomax Series V stretch blow molder with the rotary Innofill PET ACF-R filler for the very first time.
Linear fillers can process up to 14,000 bottles per hour. In contrast, the rotary aseptic block has a capacity of up to 36,000 1.0-litre bottles per hour and in the future is even to be available with a top output of 48,000 500-millilitre bottles an hour. The new plant engineering achieves a sterility of log 6 inside the bottles — which is equivalent to a reduction in germs of 99.9999%.
“Our linear aseptic fillers, also blocked, have long proved themselves in practice in the filling of sensitive beverages into PET bottles, where maximum safety is of the essence. The newly developed rotary aseptic filler in the higher capacity range is thus the next logical step. With this, we also want to set standards regarding the machine’s hygienic properties,” Wetzel assured.
Effective protection for sensitive beverages
Here, KHS consciously focuses on bottle sterilisation that — unlike preform sterilisation — can also be combined with the KHS FreshSafe PET coating system, thus offering additional barrier protection for sensitive beverages. With this variant, all potential germs are removed from the containers directly prior to filling. This process gives bottlers more flexibility and greater availability during format changeovers than preform sterilisation, as changing the stretch blow moulds here disturbs the sterile state of the block.
KHS visitors to the exhibition can also look forward to discovering the latest generation of Plasmax coating technology. A wafer-thin layer of chemically pure glass is applied to the insides of PET bottles, with bottle recyclability nevertheless fully retained; this protects sensitive products such as fruit juice, wine, beer, soft drinks, ketchup, sauces and other liquid foods from oxidation and loss of CO2, meaning that they keep for considerably longer.
Expansion of the digital service portfolio
In addition, the turnkey supplier’s range of digital services is now to be supplemented by KHS ConnectApp that provides two major extra benefits: data-based transparency regarding the key line performance indicators and help with decision-making processes; and support with system operation.
The first KHS ConnectApp function is the Guide module that, with its interactive work instructions and powerful notification management system, ensures trouble-free workflow during inspection and maintenance, or when training new employees, for instance. Moreover, all work steps can be documented with the app.
“By expanding our digital service portfolio, and especially thanks to the introduction of KHS ConnectApp, we’re laying the foundations for further optimization and efficient organization of the entire system operation and management,” explained Wetzel.