FoodProductionDaily.com caught up with KHS at the recent Brau Beviale show to talk about their new Innofill Glass filling system.
A reduction in the total cost of ownership (TCO), energy and water savings, along with enhanced hygienic design are standout features for the newly developed platform, explained product support manager Oliver Trodel.
The equipment has been designed for glass filling in the beer, soft drinks, wine and champagne sectors.
The incorporation of a torque drive system reduces energy compared to a servo drive motor. Drives with torque motors have an efficiency of 96% as opposed to just 85% from conventional drive systems, said Trodel.
The introduction of modularized vacuum pumps helps cut water use by 20%, while the addition of the optional eco-module, which cools water, boosts the saving to 90%.
KHS has paid close attention to improving the hygienic design of the system. The conventional filler front table has been replaced with a bottle transfer frame that connects the stars and capper modules using open pipes with no flanges.
Trodel said the equipment has an open design with no corners and edges. The incorporation of curves and slopes enables a rapid run-off of liquids.
The new machine also has a smaller footprint and is 30% lighter than its predecessor.
Interest from the market has already been strong, with several systems sold around the world since it was unveiled earlier this Autumn, said the company.