Krones opens its own research brewery in Germany
By Canadian Packaging staffGeneral
FREISING, Germany – International machinery and packaging manufacturer Krones has just opened its own brewery at its facility in Freising – a brewery that the corporation calls “the world’s most sophisticated research brewery.”
According to a press release the company sent out on Tuesday, the Steinecker Brew Center will provide an option for collaborative brewing, conducting trials, and testing new technology for both Krones and its clients. A highlight of the new brewing plant is a brew house with five different vessels, with a capacity of five hectolitres.
An inauguration ceremony for the plant took place on June 19.
Dr. Konrad Müller-Auffermann, who headed the brewery project, said at the inauguration that the system is small, yet provides maximum flexibility.
“We can combine different technologies and are able to demonstrate the large bandwidth of solutions offered by Krones,” Müller-Auffermann added, as quoted in the release.
“We can, for example, reproduce an ultra-wide range of internationally employed processes on the one hand, while also familiarizing our own commissioning engineers and clients’ staff with the technologies concerned on the other.”
Krones stated in the release that the Steinecker Brew Center had been networked with Internet Technology to the latest state of the art. The Center liaises closely with Syskron, a Krones subsidiary, which has already integrated two of its products, ReadyKit and Share2Act, into the facility.
The Center will enable Krones personnel and their clients to run practical trials to learn what process-engineering solutions best suit beverage production, in terms of efficiency, and how digital interfacing can help brewers in their tasks. The facility will also allow companies to develop new products more quickly and test them under more realistic conditions, the release noted.
“We were able to translate this investment project worth €2.6 million into hands-on reality within one year,” Heiko Feuring, head of the Steinecker Plant and the Breweries business line, reportedly said at the inauguration ceremony. “So we’re delighted that we’re now able to use our Brew Center.”
The inauguration was attended by Krones clients, academics, and stakeholders in the brewing industry.
Founded in 1951, Krones manufactures machines and complete lines for the fields of process, filling, and packaging technology. Its headquarters is in Neutraubling, Germany.
Image courtesy of Krones