Twin accolades for Krones
By Canadian Packaging staffAutomation General Bottling energy utility German Agricultural Society International FoodTec Award Murau Brewery Murau Municipal Utilities VarioSpin pressure deaerator
Two International FoodTec awards have Krones feeling golden.
This year, the DLG (German Agricultural Society) awarded Krones AG (headquartered in Neutraubling, Germany), twice over with the prestigious International FoodTec Award in Gold: one of them directly and the other with them working jointly with a customer in the energy utility sector.
Krones is being awarded one Gold Medal for its VarioSpin pressure deaerator.
With this innovative solution for product deaeration, ensuring high product and process quality in beverage plants, Krones’ development people have come up with something that proved highly persuasive for the DLG’s jury.
The VarioSpin’s specially developed swirl inlet, together with the ingenious geometry of the vacuum tank and the type-specific process control capabilities, result in both a substantial improvement in quality and an enhanced level of operational dependability.
Krones is being awarded its second Gold Medal as the co-entrant for the path-breaking ‘Transformation of thermal energy systems’ project, which was submitted jointly by the Murau Municipal Utilities, Murau Brewery and Krones AG’s Steinecker plant.
By connecting up to the locally produced district heat network of Murau Municipal Utilities, and by using an efficient energy-saving system supplied by Krones, the Austrian Murau Brewery has evolved into one of the most economical breweries in the world.
For the complete change-over of the energy supply to locally produced regenerative district heat, the development of an innovative stratified energy storage tank, to which all thermal energy consumers in the brewery are connected, was of crucial importance.
The result of these extensive efforts is that nowadays the brewery is achieving a figure of less than 19 kWh for thermal energy per hectoliter of unblended beer produced, which corresponds to energy savings of around 30 per cent.
For company information, visit www.krones.com.