With its further developed palletiser infeed the turnkey supplier KHS intends to consistently continuing to provide greater sustainability, efficiency and process reliability in production. An intelligently controlled palletiser with a pressure-less container infeed provides benefits not just regarding sustainability. It also optimises time sequences and simplifies work steps in production, among other things. Besides especially gentle pack handling the elimination of railings facilitates and shortens format changeovers. This noticeably increases line availability. The palletiser is of particular interest to customers specialised in the palletising of non-returnable packs and cartons with different formats and who often feed in packs alternately on one, two or three lanes. The machine can also be used for returnable containers.
KHS is also continuing to build on its consulting expertise in the service sector, for instance concerning ‘old’ machines with discontinued components with the aim of extending the machine’s service life. Unlike mechanical components, in the age of Industry 4.0 the lifetime of an electronic component is sometimes shortened to just two years according to the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association VDMA. “Our various services enable our customers to operate their plant engineering reliably in the long term regardless,” explains Dr Johannes T. Grobe, CSO for the Dortmund engineering company. If a component is discontinued, this means that parts can be replaced accordingly or conversions carried out to ensure that the machine continues to function and operation runs smoothly at the respective beverage producer’s plant. For instance, older KHS palletisers containing discontinued Kuka KRC2 control units can be operated without any problems for many more years by converting them to new controllers. The supply of spare parts is therefore also ensured.