- Circular packaging: further developments for Nature MultiPack
- Reliable services: help assessing the carbon footprint
- Smart operations: automatic format changeovers for beverage can and PET bottle packaging
- Line efficiency: high-performance palletizer for greater efficiency
From May 4 to 10, the trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany, will be the hub of the global packaging industry. At this year’s interpack, KHS will be presenting its diverse portfolio of resource-conserving systems to promote the circular economy. KHS’ Innopack Kisters Nature MultiPack machine will be on show by way of example that proves convincing with further developments such as a new universal adhesive. With its range of holistic services, KHS can facilitate customer decision-making processes thanks to the use of independent calculator tools that assess the carbon footprint of various packaging styles in direct comparison. Further technologies, such as robots for efficient high-speed palletizing operations and modular automation systems for format changeovers, will round off KHS’ collection of exhibits at the show this year.
Dr. Johannes T. Grobe, CSO of the KHS Group, emphasizes just how important interpack is for KHS. “This trade show has always been a key venue for the international packaging industry. It’s a driver of the transformation towards more environmental protection and efficient production processes. This is precisely where we come in with our holistic systems and solutions, advising our customers on suitable machinery tailored to their specific requirements,” he says.
Further Nature MultiPack developments
The tried-and-tested Nature MultiPack (NMP) machine will take center stage at KHS’ show booth as a prime example of the company’s vast range of pioneering packaging systems. One of the most sustainable types of secondary packaging on the market, it joins beverage cans or PET bottles together to form stable packs with just a few dots of adhesive – without any additional outer packaging. Saving up to 90 percent in materials, this technology is compelling. It has been consistently further developed, with a new universal adhesive applicable to practically all aluminum and tin cans outer coatings. The one-fits-all system already in successful practical operation makes it easier for numerous beverage producers to convert to NMP – to date, choosing the suitable adhesive was often a laborious process.
More informed decisions on climate-friendly packaging
To determine which style of packaging impacts the climate and whether a conversion for a stretch blow molder, for instance, has a positive effect on the carbon footprint, KHS has developed a number of carbon calculator tools. This free service was developed with the Hamburg Institute for Environmental IT, a leading independent international software developer for material and energy flow analyses.
“Our systems and solutions aim to create continuous added value while reducing the ecological footprint,” says Grobe.
“The pressure on the packaging industry for more sustainability is growing – from both consumers and legislators. We thus provide our customers with guidance and help them in their decision to buy by directly comparing different packaging systems.”
Modular automation systems for format changeovers
The systems supplier’s plant engineering protects the environment. Digital services also make for safer and more efficient production processes. In this context, KHS will present its modular automation systems for format changeovers while packaging beverage cans and PET bottles. The increasing variety of these container types 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 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, amounting 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 operations, thus considerably increasing production efficiency and availability.
“With our diverse portfolio of primary and secondary packaging we can provide the best respective system to satisfy a whole range of demands and requirements. This means that we’re always at our customers’ side as a partner they can depend on, helping them to steadily reduce their consumption of energy and resources and promote the circular economy,” Grobe concludes.
The KHS Group will present its systems and solutions at Booth A31 in Hall 13 at interpack in Düsseldorf, Germany, from May 4 to 10, 2023.