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Kegging Cells

Made up of at least 4 Keg Washer Fillers, the Kegging Robotic Cells module is an automated system for washing, sterilising and filling numerous types of kegs, from stainless steel to one-way plastic (excluding KeyKegs).

Main features

  • One clamp truck operator to run the whole line

  • Handles stainless steel kegs and one-way plastic kegs (excluding KeyKeg)

  • Dedicated control system

  • Robot's keg clamping system

  • Independent clamping operations

  • Detergent Set/CIP Set for full automated plant cleaning after kegging

  • Service and support

  • Common hot water service is necessary

  • Options for extra detergent tanks (e.g an extra cold acid tank)

  • Options for additional automated solutions (to apply labels/caps/locator boards etc.)

  • Extra modules can be added later

 

How does it work?

  1. The empty keg in feed will show three double width conveyors.

  2. The first conveyor would be loaded with a stack of 18 kegs (3 layers of 6) complete with locator boards.

  3. The truck operator would then de-stack the three layers. The bottom layer would move forward, followed by the second layer.

  4. The three layers would then have their locator boards removed, the kegs would be visually inspected for correct orientation (neck up), no caps present and no foreign kegs.

  5. The 3rd of the three double width conveyors would then single steam the kegs (2 drives for the left and right hand side).

  6. The 4th conveyor "Merge Table" would then divert the single keg streams to the centre.

  7. The 5th conveyor would be a special open track chain conveyor which would process kegs through the external washer.

  8. The external tunnel washer would have three sections, and initial rinse to remove grit and loose soiling, this could be any waste water such as the drain water from kegging (via a collection tank and pump) or it could be mains cold water. This rinse liquor goes to drain. 

  9. The external tunnel washer's main wash section is a heated detergent wash (steam or electric heating). The liquor is re-circulated, filtered and returned under approximately 5 bar pressure to remove keg last trip soiling. A dirty keg population will become clean over a number of passes through the external washer. It's not designed to produce pristine kegs from dirty kegs, but it will maintain and generally improve the appearance of most kegs.

  10. The final section of the machine can be either a simple rinse off to remove detergent, or it can be a high pressure label removal section using a HP pump (80 bar+) via a rotating whirl disk. This unit will remove and destroy most paper-based keg labels with water soluble strip glues, placed in an annulus area on the kegs top.

  11. The externally washed keg will then emerge from the external washer and will then be presented to the robot for collection.

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