Cask launches new micro-ACS for craft brewers

Cask Global Canning Solutions – the inventors of micro-canning equipment for craft brewers – has released a new canning line.

Cask’s new Micro-Automated Canning System (mACS) packages both carbonated and uncarbonated beverages. According to the company, the mACS also fill cans of varying heights and diameters — from 5.5 ounces (163 mL) to 19.2 ounces (568 mL) in volume — and the changeover between cans can be done in less than 30 minutes.

Peter Love, Cask founder, said: “The mACS gives brewers the ability to create new revenue streams and beverages. They can quickly shift to new can sizes for current products, or jump from beer and cider to soft drinks and uncarbonated beverages such as cold brew coffee, wine and energy drinks.”

Dead Armadillo Craft Brewing (Tulsa, Oklahoma) is now using the mACS to can its beer and a new product.

“When you add a liquid nitrogen doser to the mACS,” said Todd Phillips, Dead Armadillo’s director of operations, “you can use it to can coffee. So after many months of R&D, we’re entering the nitro cold-brewed coffee market with some friends at a local coffee roaster. It’s a brave new world for us that wouldn’t have been possible without Cask.”

“The mACS supports a larger array of can sizes than any line we have ever seen,” Phillips added, “and we can change from can sizes, lid formats, and product types with minimal effort.”

The mACS  has electric cam-driven seamers, three CO2 pre-purge heads, three fill heads, and a post-fill rinser and dryer. It measures seven by 2.5 feet and has a footprint of 17.5 square feet. It has a recipe memory feature that automatically sets the fill settings for speedy transition between different beverages.

The mACS conveyor belt can feeder (as found on Cask’s larger ACS machine) allows for adding such automated pre- and post-packaging components as a depalletiser, inline date coder, nitrogen doser, pressure-sensitive labeler, shrink sleever and other components.

“Since it can be equipped with an array of automated components,” Love commented, “the mACS also enables our customers to scale up the automation of their canning process as they grow and diversify.”

The machine’s filler technology combines fill-level sensors with proprietary foam-control valves. Those features produce filled cans with low dissolved oxygen pickup of 5-20 parts per billion.

The mACS are said to fill 25 cans per minute and 60 cases per hour with one operator.

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