Scottish Courage, the UK's leading brewer, has opened a new dry area for keg processing at its Fountain Brewery based on a modular design concept from KHS, the German company which specialises in plant and equipment for the food and drink industry.
The dry area is part of an overall overhaul of the brewery's keg racking line, which is also being carried out by KHS.
The KHS modular dry area concept relies principally on the modular design of the machine programme. Specific dry area modules can be put together entirely according to individual applications to meet a wide range of customer requirements. Life-like operation conditions are made visible by 3-D simulation even before the construction phase is begun in order to assure that the equipment meets the company's requirements.
The maximum output capacity of the high-performance dry area destined for Scottish Courage is approximately 1280 kegs per hour. The new modular design dry area concept is thus capable of achieving twice the output of the previous dry area while still using the same amount of space.
The new dry area is highly flexible, and is capable of handling keg sizes ranging from 30 to 100 litres. KHS developed multiple-function palletising and depalletising heads especially for the Scottish Courage application to ensure optimum handling of all keg sizes. These newly developed modules will now form part of the KHS modular dry area portfolio, in line with KHS' mission to provide customised materials which can then be rolled out to the industry as a whole.
The dry area is controlled by a simple computer, with online assistance provided by KHS at all times.