Live at interpack: KHS Presents Diverse Packaging Portfolio Designed to Promote the Circular Economy

This week at interpack, KHS showcased the Nature MultiPack (NMP) machine designed to join beverage cans or PET bottles together to form stable packs with a few dots of adhesive.

Source: Frank Reinhold
Source: Frank Reinhold

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Saving up to 90% in materials, KHS’ Nature MultiPack (shown) features a new universal adhesive applicable to practically all outer coatings on both aluminum and tin cans. The one-fits-all system already in successful practical operation makes it easier for numerous beverage producers to convert to NMP.

In order to determine which style of packaging has which impact on the climate and whether a conversion for a stretch blow molder, for instance, has a positive effect on the carbon footprint or not, KHS has developed a number of carbon calculator tools. This free service has been developed together with the Hamburg Institute for Environmental IT, a leading independent international software developer for material and energy flow analyses.

The systems supplier’s plant engineering not only protects the environment; digital services also make for safer and more efficient production processes. In this context, KHS presented its modular automation systems for format changeovers during the packaging of beverage cans and PET bottles. The increasing variety of these types of container often requires bottlers to make frequent adjustments at the packaging and palletizing end of their production lines. With the new option for all KHS packers in the Advanced series and PB palletizer models, up to 80% of all manual tasks required in conjunction with a line changeover are now superfluous. This allows operators to save up to 30 minutes for each packaging and palletizing format changeover.

The new Innopal PLR high-performance palletizer helps to further boost efficiency at the packaging and palletizing end of a line. This combines the benefits of low-feed machines with the capacities provided by palletizers with a high infeed. With the help of robots, this machine processes up to 625 layers per hour that amounts to a nominal capacity of 135,000 cans an hour depending on the can diameter. This machine can of course also palletize PET containers and glass bottles. Using robots also simplifies operation, thus considerably increasing both the efficiency and availability of production.

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