Royal Docks step up packaged production for craft beer with WaveGrip

WaveGrip's Fury Red carriers

WaveGrip’s multi-packing applicator and coloured carriers are helping Royal Docks Brewing Co. increase its packaged beer output.

Using WaveGrip’s G1 Applicator, Royal Docks is currently running at just over 50 cans-per-minute (cpm) consistently to fit with the rest of the canning line and restrictions on manpower after switching to its own canning line in 2017.

Commenting on the set-up, Dave Sutula, brewmaster, said: “Thanks to our PS Angelus Filler, we could be running at 60cpm – well within the 100cpm limit of the G1. Currently WaveGrip is handling our requirements so smoothly at 52, that I have no doubt it could handle up to 60.

“We’re on track to be a 4200-barrel brewery in the next few months and thanks to the G1 and our new canning line, we think 80% of our output will be packaged products.”

Alongside the increase in efficiency thanks to the G1 applicator, the WaveGrip carrier range also played a huge part in the decision-making process. With bottles being banned at most public pools, beaches, parks and even golf courses, cans were chosen by Royal Docks due to their strength and portability.

Royal Docks are one of the first breweries to use the WaveGrip Colours range, using the Fury Red carrier to complement their own brewery branding. The carriers are 100% recyclable and also meet current US packaging regulations by being photodegradable.

WaveGrip managing director, Aaron McIvor, commented: “We’re so glad our G1 is the perfect fit for another craft brewer. We designed this machine to be suited for a wide range of business sizes and I’m particularly happy we can keep up with the current demand of Royal Docks and with the potential for more packaging output when they choose.”

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