Hey, the Craft Brewers Conference and BrewEXPO America is right around the corner, taking place in Nashville from April 30 to May 3. The trade show floor gets bigger and bigger every year, and to save you some time, we reached out to the exhibitors for a sneak peek of what they will be showing off at their booths this year. Stay tuned for the entire “What to see at CBC 2018” series over the next few weeks. It’s a great way to plan out your expo hall path and save some of that walking around time for drinking.
Wild Goose Canning – Meheen Mfg.
Wild Goose Canning – Meheen Mfg. offers world-class beverage canning and bottling systems for craft producers. With an emphasis on product innovation, craftsmanship and exceptional customer service, Wild Goose – Meheen builds to customer specifications to help craft makers can and bottle their best product. Wild Goose Canning designs and hand-builds systems that allow craft producers to create their highest quality products with unprecedented precision and versatility. Meheen’s bottle filling and carbonating technologies are engineered to make premium craft beverage bottling possible and profitable.
At the 2018 Craft Brewers Conference, Wild Goose – Meheen will unveil a new series of upgradeable canning lines that grow as your company grows. Wild Goose’s modular 1-to-5-head system series will support you as you take the steps from your earliest production stages to higher volume canning, affordably and with the same exceptional quality and customer service you have come to expect from Wild Goose. Also on display will be the eight-head Wild Goose WGC-600, capable of up to 90 cans per minute, six-head Meheen M6 bottle filler and labeler, able to produce up to 40 bottles per minute, and the Meheen Tank Manager, which offers consistent product temperature and carbonation management for two tanks simultaneously. Visit booth 1850 to see the systems in action.
Roberts PolyPro has new moisture-free handles
When Roberts PolyPro began designing craft brew can handles two years ago, its team sought to develop a distinctive product. It wanted a handle that complemented unique beers and beer packaging, that held cans securely but were also easy to get off. Utilizing advanced computer aided design, Roberts PolyPro’s team iterated dozens of possible solutions until they came up with one that was unlike any handle on the market in terms of looks, performance and environmental advantages.
The new handles feature an open top design, which means moisture will not be trapped between the can top and handle — so no ick factor in taste or odor. The company reduced plastic content by 30 percent for benefits to the environment. These handles are made from recyclable HDPE, and nobody’s going to have a hard time separating the handle from the can.
Retailers love the way the handle colors and tab design draw the eyes of their store consumers. Brewers gain shelf differentiation. As soon as one brewery in an area starts using its handles, others do was well. Stop by the Roberts PolyPro booth #2744 at BrewExpo America and see for yourself.
Free can scan with OneVision SeamMate
OneVision Corp.’s Craft Brewers SeamMate Systems include a precision video microscope which automatically compares your double seam measurements to your specs and provides easily retrievable reports and seam images that help you make sure your double seams never leak. The systems include our Model 555 Seam Saw and Model 720 Seam Stripper for beverage cans — no more hand cutting or tearing of seams for manual inspections.
OneVision provides excellent service and training at install, combined with a one-year warranty on all equipment and software, plus complimentary telephone support as long as you own your SeamMate System. As a special offer to 2018 CBC brewery canners, OneVision invites you to bring one fully-seamed can (empty please) to booth 2736 for free can seam analysis.
CMC-KUHNKE, Eaglevision partner to show new product
CMC-KUHNKE will have two SEAMscan Packages with accessories ready for demonstration. The SEAMscan Package is an affordable high-resolution tool for double seam inspection and measurement designed specifically for craft breweries. The SEAMscan Package is made up of SEAMview Inspection Software, Video Seam Imager and Visionary Craft Software, and includes Free Lifetime Technical Support and Software Updates. Customers visiting the booth will receive exclusive pricing incentives.
CMC-KUHNKE has expanded its booth size this year to accommodate the surge of craft breweries that are canning and to showcase a new product from our partners at EagleVision. At the CBC in Nashville, the company will once again be offering free Double Seam Inspections. CMC-KUHNKE invites you to bring a few cans by the booth and let the team show you how it all works.
Econocorp small footprint cartoner
Econocorp will be in booth 2345 at the CBC this year demonstrating their small footprint E-2000 cartoner which has the capability to put 12- and 16-oz cans in to a four-, six-, eight- or 12-pack box. The newly redesigned machine will fit comfortably into its 10-ft by 10-ft booth, demonstrating how effective the machine is while being able to take up almost no floor space in your brewery. Stop by for a demonstration.
Ska Fabricating has a new mobile depalletizer
Ska Fabricating is showing off the Half Pint, a new Mobile Depalletizer that will begin shipping this spring. This is a true mobile depalletizer proven under mobile working conditions. The original design for this new depalletizer was purchased from Owen Lingley at Craft Canning and Bottling located in Portland, Ore.
The Half Pint mobile depalletizer is designed for mobile canners, breweries with tight space restrictions and equally tight budgets. There is little to no installation required making this depalletizer a great option for canning lines from 15 to 60 cpm, international breweries or breweries with tight budgets. It works with half high pallets of aluminum, plastic or composite containers. The depalletizer is very light and is a perfect match for breweries with multi use spaces or mobile canning operations. It is specifically designed for low clearance applications such as box trucks or low ceiling heights. It incorporates an automatic push bar which loads the containers onto a chute which feeds through a rinser to the filler. The unit is made of stainless steel and lightweight aluminum. It will be available with multiple power configurations and is CE compliant.
It is available for order now and will begin shipping this spring.
WaveGrip’s new entry level solution
Manufacturer of the innovative multi-packing solution, WaveGrip will be showcasing its latest entry level applicator as part of the Palmer Canning Systems stand at this year’s Craft Brewers Conference. Perfect for low volume producers the G1 Auto can create multi-packs of four, six or eight cans, with automatic pack separation and accommodates a full range of can heights at speeds of up to 100 cans per minute (cpm).
The low entry cost of just $18,000 and compact size of 55 x 31.5, make the G1 perfect for those at the earliest stages in drink production, especially for production at lower canning volumes, such as craft beer producers. Compatible with all WaveGrip carriers the G1 uses the standard WaveGrip reels, which can pack more than 3,000 six-packs and allows a run time of five hours at 60 cpm or three hours at 100 cpm.
Palmer Canning is producing the G1 and G2 variants of the WaveGrip applicator in the United States. Alongside the G1, Palmer Canning will be launching their latest canning system, CraftInLine, an In-line counter pressure can filler with ProPurge valve technology. The CraftInLine offers speeds of 25 cpm based on a 12-oz can size. By using a five-head filler with ProPurge valves provides a true purge to atmosphere for unagitated fills and low oxygen pickup. The small foot print of 84 x 36 x 84 makes it ideal for craft brewers while a version including a split frame for easy take down makes it the perfect choice for mobile canners.
GR-X Mfg. new automatic depalletizer
GR-X Mfg. offers a variety bottle and can depalletizing systems, ranging from entry-level manual half-height units up to full-height automated high-speed systems. At CBC, it will be showcasing a stainless-steel, full-height automatic can depalletizer, designed specifically for the brewing industry.
The full-height automatic can depalletizer features:
- Accepts 44-in. by 56-in. pallets (full or half-height)
- Stainless-steel body to prevent rust or paint chips
- Motorized sweep assembly frame
- Pneumatic slip-sheet removal system
- Enclosed top frame to help minimize container contamination
- Accepts 44-in. by 56-in. pallets (full or half-height)
- Single-filing outfeed conveyor with VFD
- Electronically interlocked pallet bay access door
- User friendly HMI touch screen controls
- Stainless-steel S-Style decline chute
- Reduced footprint to save valued floor space
- Optional ionized air-rinse system
PakTech can carriers stack more efficiently, plus new bottle design
PakTech will be showcasing its environmentally responsible can carriers at booth 2244. Stop by, have a beer and learn about its 100 percent post-consumer recycled handles repurposed from milk jugs. Last summer, PakTech released its new can carrier design that is now easier to apply and easier to remove by the consumer. In addition to easier can removal, the company’s new handles stack more efficiently which allows them to fit 40 percent more handles into each box and onto each pallet. This reduces freight and waste which in turn equates to a substantial savings in shipping. The can carriers are available in a variety of configurations — including two-, three-, four-, eight- and 12-packs.
In addition, the company will also be showcasing its new bottle handle design. The bottle carriers feature a convenient built-in handle that extends above the line of the bottle caps and provides a secure hold for your favorite beverage. Featuring the same 100 percent post-consumer recycled and recyclable HDPE resin, these are available in four- and six-bottle configurations.