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BW Packaging S​ystems at the Craft Brewers Conference Day Two

Having a ‘can-do’ attitude when it comes to packaging Pt. 2: Filling, Seaming and Labeling

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BW Packaging S​ystems companies Accraply, BW Container Systems, Pneumatic Scale Angelus and Thiele Technologies will be in Booth 3508 at this year’s Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America®, April 10-13 in Washington, D.C. This is the second in a three part series on capabilities that BW Packaging S​ystems will showcase at the conference. For a full list of services, check out BW Packaging Systems’ new brewing industry website: www.bwpackagingsolutions.com/beer.

One of the first steps of installing a canning line is finding the right fit for your brewery when it comes to getting beer into the cans and getting them to look good after they’re filled.

At last year’s Craft Brewers Conference, Ohio-based Pneumatic Scale Angelus showcased their CB50 Can Seamer, based off their well-established high speed seamer design for larger scale operations. However, the CB50 is specifically designed for the craft brewing industry with a smaller footprint on the brewery floor and a more economical price point. 

This year, conference attendees will get to see the CB50 Filler, also specifically designed with the craft brewery in mind. It is a six head inline filler that will seamlessly integrate with the CB50 single head can seamer, rated for the same continuous operation speeds up to 50 cans per minute. The integrated system is optimized for beverage can height range of 2.13” to 8” and designed with quick-change adjustments for easy changeover for various can height/body diameters.

The CB50 Seamer can also be paired with any carbonated beverage filler of the customer’s choice. Other filling and seaming systems can be retrofitted with the CB50 Seamer. In fact, PSA has installed more than 16,000 can seamers in 132 countries.

“If you’re a craft brewer who wants to enter the distribution market, this is the solution for you,” said Adam Brandt, Vice President of Sales for Pneumatic Scale Angelus.  “Canning is rapidly becoming the preferred packaging for beer, from consumers and brewers alike. With the Integrated CB50 Filler and Seamer, you’re getting high quality equipment suited to your operation that we stand by and service. Forever.”

Minnesota-based Accraply will exhibit its craft beer can labeling system which includes the GrahamSleevit SLF Labeler, a perfect fit for smaller breweries canning smaller runs of product.

As Craft Brewing Business online pointed out in a 2016 article, “Can sleeves have come a long way in recent years. Gone are the days of a loose wrap or an obvious, cheap look compared to a printed can. Today’s sleeves come nearly to the lip to distinguish them from a printed can, and unless you are looking for the seam (usually on the back or side of the can), they are difficult to differentiate on the shelf.”

Accraply’s Beverage Can Sleeving Solution (BCSS) shrink sleeve labelling applicator combines innovation with functionality to create a fully-guarded, full body primary decoration sleeve applicator that is efficient and easy to operate. It encompasses all elements of container pitching, timing, sleeve application, and line control in a compact unit that is quick and easy to set up. The BCSS applicator can sleeve up to 80 containers per minute without comprising the quality or reliability of the application. This system also has a completely modular design to grow as a brewery grows. Start with a tunnel and conveyor or purchase the entire system at once.

“It’s a big move for a brewery to start distributing their product,” said George Michaels, Sales Executive with Accraply and 40-year veteran of the packaging industry. “Even if you go with a mobile canning line, there are a number of costs involved that have to be taken into consideration. Having a self-labeling system can provide breweries with extreme flexibility, especially when they’re trying to be as strategic as possible with which product they can and the quantity of product they can. In fact, we estimate this machine would pay for itself after only 284 barrels of beer.”

Part three, tomorrow, will continue to look at specific offerings and services for brewers interested in canning.