Interview with Prof. Dr.-Ing Matthias NIEMEYER, chairman of KHS GmbH management board - Germany
As a internationally-active technological leader specialising in bottling and packaging, KHS is able to offer the drinks and food / non-food products branches a whole raft of innovations. In terms of bottling technology, KHS has developed, with its Innofill Glass platform, a new benchmark for the drinks industry, which is able to handle filler valves of varying electronic configurations.
The main characteristic of the new Innofill Glass platform solution is the Hygienic Design concept, which is systematically implemented. This offers many benefits, such as improved bottling quality, increased installation availability and a reduction in maintenance costs, and the consumption of energy, water and cleaning products. Innofill Glass has been awarded TÜV Süd official certification for its exceptional energy efficiency.
The new generation of Innosept Asbofill ABF linear bottling units also offers a wealth of essential benefits for our customers: maximum product safety, a high degree of flexibility both in terms of the products to be bottled and the plastic bottles that are used (for example, 28 mm bottle necks), and a filling rate of up to 24,000 bottles per hour. Its strong point is undoubtedly the integrated aseptic zone, which is probably the smallest in the world.
KHS has also launched onto the market other major new developments in the field of overpackaging. New concepts make it possible, in a KHS pallet wrapping machine, to install products in poly-wrapped or nested packs. The advantage of these packaging solutions is their real money-saving potential compared to conventional shrinkwrap film packaging solutions. For example, the tray or platform supports conventionally used to keep the packaging stable can now be done away with. Another advantage is that this is a particularly durable packaging solution. What is more, the new generation of shrink tunnels for pallet wrapping machines consumes 30% less power.
Our vision is to achieve leadership with regard to both technology and after-sales. For the future, too, it is important for us to channel development systematically towards the benefits offered to our customers. In order to collate the needs of our customers in detailed fashion, we work on a partnership basis, by including the customer from the very start of any development activity, for example during workshops or strategy meetings.
Over the medium term we can see that the sector is on the lookout for ever more flexible technical solutions that both help to keep down costs and are built to last. As a pioneer in bottling and packaging technology, KHS is aligning itself with these requirements today. Our InnoPET Blomax Series IV stretch-blow moulder is a particularly flexible, energy-efficient and durable example of development. The servo-controlled stretching operation offers an extremely high degree of flexibility and, when compared to the previous generation of blow moulders, generates major material savings. In addition, the reduced consumption of compressed air is accompanied by a comparatively significant reduction in power consumption, since the preform heating time and the length of the oven have both been reduced by half. Naturally, these advantages are also to be found in the InnoPET BloFill monobloc version.
At EMBALLAGE 2012 we shall be informing interested visitors about all KHS developments and all the components of our extended range. We shall also be demonstrating the high installation skills at KHS. Whether for glass, PET, can or keg production lines, KHS operates in all these fields as a turnkey supplier. This means that, through upstream planning from the outset of any extensions, we can ensure the perfect interaction of all installation components and put in place a made-to-measure KHS production line. We therefore place great store in satisfying as best we possibly can the requirements of our customers through drawing on our long years of experience.