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A British craft brewer has quadrupled its output with the Innofill Can C can filler from KHS.

Magic Rock in West Yorkshire expanded its production facilities with the new machine, which features 21 filling and seaming stations; this has allowed it to produce four times its previous volume to meet high demand for craft beer.

According to Duncan Sime, manager of retail, media and events at Magic Rock, the brewery regularly modernises its machines to keep up with its own requirements.

“Crafted beers like the ones we produce have a good reputation and stand for quality. With the Innofill Can C we can guarantee the desired quality,” said Sime.

KHS has equipped the Innofill Can C’s filling valve bells with PTFE expansion joints, which seal them without gaps and removes the need for an external water lubrication system. The company bills it as a machine that allows flexible format setups and quick product changeovers, and says it achieves high filling accuracy thanks to its computer-controlled, volumetric system.

The filler also offers low oxygen pickup and low carbon dioxide consumption, and aluminium cans are widely recycled in the UK, according to Andy Carter, director of sales for UK and Ireland at KHS.

“With our compact can filler Magic Rock hasn’t just secured itself an economic advantage but an ecological one as well,” he said.

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