The line consists of the following:
- Ska Fabricating Can-I-Bus Depalletizer with two 16oz rinse cages in a split “flying V“ and vibrator. Commissioned October, 2013s/n: LP4-2.4.6
- Cask ACS 5-head filler/seamer. Commissioned April, 2010s/n: ACS65-78-10
- Cask ACS 5-head filler/seamer. Commissioned March, 2015 s/n:ACS191-155-14 Both seamers are currently configured to runCrown cans and Crown 202 SuperEnds
- 12’ long 6.5” inch wide 90° post-fill combiner conveyor
- 13’ long, 3.25” wide, 90° transfer conveyor
- 3’ x 4’ accumulation table with 3.25” wide 12’ long 90° infeed and 2.5’ long discharge conveyors
- In-Line 700VS labeler set to label 16oz cans. Commissioned June, 2017s/n: P-1028
- PakTech CCA120 set to apply Quadpaks to 16oz cans. Commissioned February 2014. s/n:CCA120-04-33 This machine has been reconfigured in 2018 to run the skinnier PCEcan carriers, and has recently been audited by PakTech for best operation.
- 4’ long Hytrol roller discharge table in Cerulean Blue.
- Two brewers hoses. One 40’ long approx. 5 years old, one 45’ long approx. 3 years old. We split the hoses at the bright tank to control pressure surges at the fillers. We’ll throw in the valve and ‘Y’ connection too.
- Small straight conveyor not currently in use.
- All spare parts for this equipment; includes inventory of all sensors; most motors; seamer bearings; valve coils;pistons; etc. List available by request.
- SOPs, Manuals and wiring diagrams, and advice
- Troubleshooting guide
Equipment on the line that are NOT included in the sale are our low-fill detector, can seam inspector, inkjet date coders, downed can mirror, and dose-a-tron sanitizer dosers.
The line is run with 3 people, but 2 could do it in a pinch. It is running 16oz cans and has never been configured to run 12oz cans. Changeover to 12oz on fillers and PakTech would be pretty straightforward. The depal would need 12oz rinse cages from SKA.
This is a complete, turn-key canning line that is currently running 5 days a week, and often 12 hours a day. We have tweaked and customized these machines over the course of their lifetimes so that they now out-perform their younger selves. They are both running faster, more efficiently, with less downtime and loss, and lower TPOs than when they were brand new out of the box.
We have physically and electronically altered the lines and also reprogrammed both to run at higher speeds with less loss and scrap. Collectively the lines produce 68 16oz cans per minute, and all downstream equipment can handle those speeds. We have also tinkered with the CCA120 to make it run at these speeds.
To prove how well the line runs, the video above shows both fillers running unattended without any stopping, missed can ends, other errors, or interference by a person.
Some photos can be found at this link. We can send more photos of any equipment you might want a better look at.
- TPO – Ranges from 25 to 130ppb, coming out of a bright tank with 0 to 10ppb
- Loss – Our total packaging loss averages 3-5%. We don’t have clear data on canning loss only, but it will be in that range, likely on the lower end.
- Lowfills – We average 2-4 cases per 60 or 120bbl batch run.
- Accuracy – (Percentage of saleable cans filled from cans intended to be filled) hovers between 99.66% and 99.30%
These numbers are based on 60 and 120bbl batch runs (1,800-3,700 gallons). There is usually a minimum amount of loss associated with any run so these percentages can be higher with a smaller run. The numbers are also achieved by a highly skilled crew who have been running the machines for a long time. I can’t guarantee that you’d get to the same numbers on day one. However, to help them get there, I recommend that whoever purchases this line come and spend a week with us learning how to use it, troubleshoot the line, troubleshoot can seams that are out of spec, and perform preventive maintenance especially the seamer and other tricky stuff. That will give you the best chance of early success.
We have maintained quarterly preventative maintenance on all machinery, so most if not all wear-parts have been replaced at some point. We also take immaculate care of our seamers. We will continue to perform maintenance until the day we decommission it so that you get a line that is in top condition.
The line has been in two different configurations and can definitely fit in the following dimensions: 48’ x 16’ and 40’ x 17’. By turning some conveyors the line could likely fit in a few other configurations. Those dimensions don’t include the six or so feet that you need behind the depalletizer to get cans in.
Since there are two fillers that are fed separately then recombined, there is the potential to run them as two different lines at different times; one could be 12oz and the other 16oz; one could be for wild or sour beer and the other clean; one for coffee, and one for juice; let your imagination be your guide!