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#ErgoBloc L: our footprint-shrinker

From the preform to the finished product in 12 metres – only our #ErgoBloc L can do that. Because the block solution from Krones is a genuine marvel of integrative ingenuity, scoring highly in terms of more than its compact dimensions.

First stretch blow-moulding, then labelling, and finally filling and closing – there’s only one machine we can possibly be talking about. That’s right, our ErgoBloc L. What’s so special about it? Precisely this sequence for the block-synchronised machines, which enables many of the imponderabilities involved in labelling operations to be eliminated right from the start:


Advantage Number 1: the labelling accuracy

When full bottles are labelled, their fluctuating internal pressure may impair the labelling result. With the ErgoBloc L, by contrast, the label adheres perfectly: because the block labels the bottles while they are still empty, having been pressurised to a constant level with sterile air beforehand.

Another plus: perfect label adhesion

Normally, condensate occurs after filling, which in its turn means the labels will not adhere properly, and the containers therefore first have to be dried before they are labelled. A workstep that can be dispensed with thanks to the ErgoBloc L: because the bottles, of course, are dry when they are discharged from the stretch blow-moulding machine.

Arguments that are undeniably cogent, don’t you agree? And it’s precisely because this idea (dressing bottles in labels directly after they’ve been blow-moulded) is so ingenious that Krones had it patented back in 1998. This means we can offer our clients as an exclusive option a block solution featuring stretch blow-moulding followed by labelling and filling.

Further benefits: footprint-shrinker, high-performer and all-rounder

And in other respects, too, the ErgoBloc L scores highly with its compactly dimensioned block construction. This technology meets the market’s requirements with responsive ingenuity: because the block solution requires up to 70 per cent less space than conventional systems. One of the main reasons is this: no conveyor sections are required between the individual machines. And despite its small footprint, the system delivers plenty of output. As a genuine high-performer, the ErgoBloc L can handle up to 81,000 containers per hour.

“So much machine in such a small space, and super-fast production into the bargain – that sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?” Let me tell you: it is good and it is true. And the series of advantages is far from being complete: because the ErgoBloc L can handle different containers, label types and products.
At the family firm PSWRI in the Philippines, for instance, an ErgoBloc L has been bottling water since 2014. It has enabled the company to meet the steep rise in demand. “When Krones premiered the ErgoBloc L, we were immediately captivated by the idea of blow-moulding, labelling and filling the bottles on just a single system,” says PSWRI, which back then was the first company in the Philippines to commission an ErgoBloc L.

Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines operates no fewer than four ErgoBloc L lines, for bottling CSDs, both the international core brands and local products. The first two lines each fill 81,000 250-millilitre PET containers per hour – and are thus the world’s fastest CSD lines for PET. “We demanded a very, very dependable technology, enabling us to produce our beverages at significantly lower costs. Under these preconditions, Krones was the right choice, and the best one,” is the company’s verdict, underpinned by the conviction “that in future the technology of block-synchronised machines will be widely adopted, so as to avoid interfacing problems with different vendors.”

Irrespective of whether your main priority is compact dimensions, maximised output or applicational versatility: our #ErgoBloc L scores highly all along the line. And that’s precisely why our classical block solution has also made it into our hashtag ad campaign – quite deservedly, wouldn’t you agree?



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