Carlsberg's Joshua Tetley brewery in Leeds has had a turnkey system installed as part of a £13m investment in a new high speed canning line with a capacity of 90,000 cans an hour.
The project, completed by Moody Fastpack, took just under 12 weeks to complete and involved repositioning two 50m long keg lines 90° from their original location, to create room for two new high-speed packaging lines. Control system and electrical installation works were also fitted.
“This project involved very careful planning as the maximum downtime for each line was 10 days,” said Ron Morris, project manager at Moody Fastpack. “To prepare, we supplied Carlsberg with a feasibility study and then, based on this, worked in partnership with them to develop the most cost effective solution and design layout.”
The keg racker discharge equipment, including the weigher, TrenStar keg tracking system and unitiser, on each packaging line was disconnected and relocated by Moody Fastpack. The company also supplied two conveying systems capable of handling the complete range of containers including 36 gallon barrels.
Ian Forrester, project engineer for Carlsberg UK said: “Each line runs 24 hours a day and moves 1050 kegs every hour so we needed a partner that could complete the work very quickly, efficiently and safely.”
The canning line is due for completion early this year and is designed to complement a 60,000 bottles an hour bottling line that is currently being installed on-site.