On the occasion of the 2018 BrauBeviale (Nürnberg Messe, Hall 7, Booth 602) GEA sets its sights on highly efficient, multifunctional beverage lines as part of its 360° offer for the brewing industry. The booth will display the ALL IN ONE monoblock filler, which can fill bottles, cans and PET containers on a single filler. GEA VIPOLL, which became part of its parent company in January 2018, built the machine on display for Macks Ølbryggeri, the fourth largest brewery in Norway.

Mack's main production site in Nordkjosbotn is just 70 km from its historical Tromsø location, making it the northernmost brewery in the world. With more than 60 products, ranging from beer, cider and alcohol-free beverages to water, this traditional brewery is one of Norway’s strongest brands. The ALL IN ONE built for Mack has a capacity of 8,000 bottles and cans per hour and will be used for filling beer, cider and soft drinks.

2018: The year of the ALL IN ONE

Since its launch in 2017, GEA VIPOLL has reported many more successes for the ALL IN ONE. Among others, it is designing the combined rinser-filler-capper-seamer for customers in Australia, Croatia, Sweden and South Africa. What is the secret behind the ALL IN ONE’s worldwide success? “It's a solution for beverage producers’ most relevant concerns,” says Stanko Zver, Managing Director at GEA VIPOLL. “The desire for efficiency clearly drives innovation, not only in terms of capex and opex, but also procurement, production and distribution. It’s about using resources carefully, which is motivated by a growing concern for sustainability.”

Sustainable bottling and canning

Breweries are particularly interested in GEA VIPOLL's equipment because this sector typically has the highest demand for glass bottles and cans. Customers benefit from GEA’s commitment to support and improve production processes end-to-end, from brewing to bottling and storage. Likewise, GEA offers many solutions to help breweries lower their CO2 emissions, which is critical for helping this high-consumption sector meet the ambitious climate protection goals it has set for itself. Therefore it relies on highly efficient manufacturing as well as responsible packaging methods. As a result, glass containers and cans will soon play an even greater role in worldwide environmental programs: refillable bottles will become a cornerstone of reuse strategies and cans a valuable recyclable material.

One for all: ALL IN ONE

GEA VIPOLL developed the ALL IN ONE monoblock filler as a direct response to those requirements and is a prime example of just how lean and flexible filling solutions can be: the compact ALL IN ONE rinses, fills and caps products in the smallest production spaces. Its sophisticated process design saves time during filling and format changeovers – within a matter of minutes, the machine can switch to handle different products and container formats. This is made possible by the ALL IN ONE’s multifunctional elements: the rinser is equipped with universal grippers; the filler uses an electro-pneumatic filling valve and a single capping turret is able to accommodate different closure types. 

“The ALL IN ONE’s multifunctional system is unique in the world, because it allows for an unprecedented level of flexibility: It can be used to fill glass, cans and PET containers; handle different formats and sealing them with diverse cap types, it fills carbonated or still drinks, in hot or cold fill method”, Zver points out.

In short, the ALL IN ONE:

  • fills glass, PET and cans and can handle different formats. 
  • accommodates both carbonated and still beverages, as well as hot and cold filling.
  • switches format and product on the filling block in less than 20 minutes. 
  • provides a rinser equipped with universal grippers, and a filler that uses an electro-pneumatic filler valve. 
  • can integrate different cappers, e.g. combined capping turrets with capping heads for crown corks and can lids or for aluminum and plastic screw caps.
  • unlike traditional systems, ensures minimal product loss through its unique capping method.
  • is designed with a sequence of functions that are so seamless that only the smallest amount of oxygen enters the product during the filling process.
  • is easily managed using a HMI touchscreen and a Weihenstephan interface for data transfer to a SCADA system.
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