For American Canning, a supplier that focuses on craft beverages, this is a question that every brewery that wants to increase or increase its canning business needs to consider.
The pandemic has arrived, your business has been forced to close and you need to switch to outer packaging. At the same time, in some areas, small business loans are being issued, and there are unexpected opportunities for expansion. Regardless of the exact situation, many beer manufacturers have found themselves in new territory in the world of canned packaging. The question of where to start is common, but the answer is not always easy to find.
As a mobile canning company, supply distributor and machine manufacturer, American Canning is in a unique position to help brewers understand and evaluate all aspects of value-driven can production. They focus on the field of handmade beverages and are able to meet customer needs, from planning to supply procurement and production execution.
Before purchasing a canning production line, it is important to outline your canning needs and goals and document any space, labor and/or financial constraints that exist.
Let me ask two basic questions first. What is the total quantity and type of canned products that I want to produce in the next one to three years? And how do I plan to pack it? From there, calculate the minimum throughput and machine adaptability required to achieve your goals.
It is best to use a compact and cost-effective countertop filling machine/packing machine to complete a small beverage type package for internal service, while mass distribution of multiple products in multiple cans will require more robustness, flexibility and practicality. / Or higher speed canning solution.
As the production requirements gradually take shape, ask yourself who will be responsible for achieving your packaging goals. Do you have the time, space, technical and financial resources to build an internal canning factory? Or is the mobile canning operation best suited to provide the necessary equipment, expertise and supply inventory? Facility restrictions, staffing capacity, capital investment, use of quality control equipment, operating costs/profits, schedule flexibility/adaptability, and supplies storage and procurement are all important parts of this decision.
For in-house production, the final step of the quality packaging plan is to fully consider the equipment requirements and determine their priorities. The main focus of any canning production line should be the filling machine/sealing machine, but it is important to understand and outline the available resources/requirements of all the systems, because certain components are easier to merge at the beginning than after starting the installation. For example, the discharge can be handled manually, and an automatic applicator can be added later. In contrast, it is easy to incorporate depalletizers from the beginning.
It is easy to say that planning is critical. But what does this actually mean for newbies in the canning field? At American Canning, we recommend that you focus on five key areas when evaluating any machine:
Consider the number of cans per week and the length of each can. In addition, consider the speed change of each tank size/fill volume.
It is important to keep in mind what equipment will be connected to your product (filler/seamer, powerful carbon dioxide system and pump), and what equipment is only used to measure and verify various quality indicators (carbonization level, DO Pick up, seam and date) equipment coders). The first problem should be resolved at the first purchase and should be fully compatible with all anticipated needs. When budget permits, adding auxiliary equipment to ensure that each process and machine is performed as expected will greatly improve the overall canned quality and packaging efficiency.
Since the canning production line requires various maintenance over time, it is important to choose equipment that is easy to understand and use. The number of custom components incorporated into the machine can result in excessively high costs and/or time consuming purchasing replacement parts. Therefore, the brewery should always spare key components such as sensors and bearings. Routine preventive maintenance is the key to ensuring the smooth operation of any pipeline (especially the filling machine/sealing machine). If you do not keep the equipment, the problem becomes more complicated, and you may experience a series of cascading failures and unnecessary costs.
Based on our experience in mobile cans and machinery manufacturing, we found that the back pressure system makes the operator’s learning curve shorter and has a higher tolerance for beverage products. For traditional atmospheric canned beverages, beverage products usually It is considered too hot or carbonated. So many companies want to enter new beverage categories, tank diameter or filling volume, so the versatility of the equipment (without increasing the learning curve) is essential. Flexible and easily maintained equipment will make it easier to adapt to changing market conditions and/or unexpected labor and supply constraints.
There is nothing worse than preparing the equipment at the end, without the necessary consumables to complete the packaging conversion. As the production and machine purchase plans proceed, it is important to begin to understand the supply chain and product availability.
First, understand your product and any relevant packaging regulations related to its type. Depending on the alcohol content and/or distribution, it may limit the size of the packaging you can purchase, the lining used in production and/or the storage label required for the can end.
Second, understand the core components of can packaging. First of all, there must be a basic understanding, that is, cans are empty and separate from cans, and not all cans and cans are compatible. There are a variety of can styles, as defined by the diameter of the can body, and each can has a corresponding lid. Make sure to order an equal quantity of each compatible product and have a large lead time. It is important to note that not all consumables are manufactured uniformly. Some are considered sports and are only produced a few times a year. If you buy directly from the manufacturer, please understand the production plan related to your estimated quantity and order as early as possible during the peak demand season; timely inventory is almost impossible, and the flexibility of allocation is very small. Purchasing products from distributors like American Canning can usually save on bundling costs, provide e-commerce accessibility, shorten delivery times, ensure equal supply, and stable product availability.
Finally, make sure to order consumables that meet your brand goals. For on-site packaging, Brite (blank) cans with pressure-sensitive labels can provide maximum flexibility with minimal storage requirements. At the same time, shrink sleeve cans with bright canned handles or custom printed boxes may be more attractive on retail shelves. The choice of design and brand representation is basically endless-understand your plans and make purchases accordingly.
The day of canning is finally here! You have planned, prepared and purchased purposefully, now it is time to finally see your brand in the can. Although nothing is more exciting than this, it is important to realize that there is still a huge learning curve. When deploying new machines, time and products are wasted first. Plan to run at a reduced speed until employees are fully trained and all machines are fully calibrated for your beverage type and can size. Give yourself time to learn; do not set the dispenser and picker immediately after the new product is started or the machine is installed. Most importantly, if the learning curve seems too steep, take a deep breath and remember that this is a trick-a strong community of experienced suppliers and packaging operators who are willing and willing to help. Create a network that can access these resources and troubleshoot support.
As the demand for retail and ready-to-ship packaging continues to soar, we hope these tips will help build and expand your canned packaging business.
Post time: Jan-30-2021