PTC Creo helps KHS build top-of-the-line packaging and bottling machinery, which helps Hirsch deliver legendary beer, which helps beer lovers everywhere get a taste of a tradition that goes back over 200 years.
Beer. Its wonderful stuff. Homer J Simpson once sagely declared beer as ‘the cause of, and solution to all life’s problems.’ I’m not sure I’d go that far but its pretty good stuff, at least if its been brewed and kept well.
Hirsch Brewery cherishes the old ways–the recipes, the craft, the local spring water, and the carefully selected traditional ingredients. It’s this attention to detail that has helped Hirsch win numerous awards for its beer in its native Germany. But master brewer Thorsten Jauch knows it takes a modern, top-of-the-line packaging system to ensure your Weissbier retains its balanced malty sweetness when you’re ready to uncap it and delivering a beer that is enjoyed is “what makes a brew master’s heart beat.”
That’s why Hirsch recently upgraded its bottling line with machinery from KHS, a PTC Creo customer.
The new KHS equipment used at Hirsch Brewery automates key stages of production, like bottle cleaning, filling, capping, labelling, and crating. At full capacity, the line can produce 24,000 bottles per hour. Those results are due, in part, to PTC solutions. Andreas Krieg, head of construction at KHS says
“Many of the innovations you see in the system are directly linked to using PTC solutions. We use PTC Creo for every stage of the process, from the first sketches, to detailed models, to manufacturing.”
Among those innovations is the Hygienic Design concept. Little spaces can cause big problems and alter the taste of the beverage in a bottling system. The Hygienic system eliminates those gaps. Plus, it controls run off. Krieg tells us that
“The Hygienic Design concept is only possible with PTC Creo Parametric, we use it to replace corners and edges with curves and slopes, so liquids don’t pool and cleanliness improves. We also make sure there are no exposed electrical elements, pilot valves, and control hoses in the filling valve hygiene area.”
Design validation and review is carried out in PTC Creo View. The design team can quickly load and review sub-assemblies in the visualization tool, including supplier parts that are developed in other CAD systems or delivered in a neutral format like STEP. The viewing software is used to look at CAD data with people who aren’t design engineers—like the team at Hirsch. And also, manufacturer sites and others on the team can use PTC Creo View to launch models for non-design work, like marketing, support, and manufacturing set up.
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