7. Overview of can transfers: General knowledge, best practices, and troubleshooting

M. BILSKI (1), C. Thompson (1); (1) Ecolab, Eagan, MN, U.S.A.

Packaging (Bottles, Draft and Cans)
Thursday, October 8
1:45–3:30 p.m.
River Terrace 2

Consumers are driving beer consumption from aluminum cans and production volumes are increasing. In order to maximize throughput and reduce can reject rates, one must understand and effectively manage the can transfer area of the line. This presentation will discuss general can transfer knowledge, the different types of can transfers available on the market, the pros and cons of each, and their manufacturers. It will also outline best practices for lubricating and cleaning each type of can transfer, as well as general troubleshooting and some common issues that occur with can transfers.

Matt Bilski has 8 years of experience and in 2014 joined the Total Beverage group in the Food & Beverage division of Ecolab, Inc. as senior chemist. His responsibilities include the development and commercialization of new cleaning, sanitizing, and lubrication products for the brewery industry. He has been with Ecolab since 2007 and has contributed to numerous business segments within the corporation. Matt is a regular attendee at local MBAA meetings. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and his master’s degree in management of technology from the University of Minnesota. He has been granted one patent for his work.

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