For the first time, the Krones Group presents a multipurpose filler that handles glass bottles, PET containers, and cans – the Barifill Canto. The Italian subsidiary Kosme is responsible for its development, construction, and installation. Kosme wanted to be able to offer smaller craft breweries and wineries the greatest possible flexibility in container choice without requiring them to invest in three different filling machines. The Barifill Canto fills beer, CSDs, sparkling water, and sparkling wines in a variety of can types and sizes, and also handles PET containers or glass bottles – the latter in both the classic wine bottle format and the long-neck bottle used for beer and CSDs.
This flexibility is made possible by an innovative filling valve. Kosme has taken the best features of existing Modulfill series filling systems and combined them into a single valve. The valve is equipped with a level probe for filling bottles and a volumetric system with an inductive flow meter for cans. In order to reduce the required space as much as possible, the necessary container sealers are also integrated into the filler: a Krones Modulseam for cans and a Kosme crowner for glass bottles. As an option, plastic screw caps for PET and roll-on aluminum caps or corks can be handled as well. In the filler as well as in the sealers, all parts that come into contact with the product are made of stainless steel, enabling reliable cleaning and ensuring their longevity.
The Barifill Canto is as flexible in terms of speed as it is in its applications: Depending on the product and configuration, it fills from 1,200 bottles or 2,500 cans per hour on the smallest layout to 9,500 bottles or 16,000 cans per hour on the biggest setup. Since its launch last year, demand for the Barifill Canto has been extremely high. At the moment, Kosme is working to expand the output range to up to 24,000 containers per hour.