A Can Dryer Perfect For Our Production Line

Operating from their brewery in Birkby, and less than a ten-minute walk from the centre of Huddersfield, Magic Rock Brewing Co. commenced brewing their unique range of beers in 2011.

The reaction to their products initially exceeded their expectations and following a fantastic first six months culminated in the brewery being named ’2nd best new brewery in the world 2012’ on the independent ratings site Rate Beer.

To meet demand, capacity was increased twice in the first year and currently they have more than doubled their capacity which currently stands at around 15,000hl pa (2.6million pints). Employing over 30 staff, Magic Rock now operates both a brewery and onsite taproom where their beers can be enjoyed on draught or taken away.

The Problem

With the increase in demand, Magic Rock began to experience a couple of production issues. One of these being in the area where beer cans were getting moist on the outside prior to the labelling and date coding operations. The knock-on effect of this excess moisture was causing can boxes to go soggy, which then compromised the integrity of the box and also the structural integrity of their pallets.

To nullify this issue, Magic Rock initially tried compressed-air-driven ‘wind-jet’ style nozzles to dry the outside of the cans. Whilst the cans were being dried, in practice they drained too much of the compressor’s capacity which was needed in other vital areas of the brewery. They didn’t want to increase the size of the compressor, so Magic Rock need to find an alternative solution.

The Solution

Having looked for can dryers via a search on the internet, Magic Rock approached ACI to see if we had a suitable solution and after initial contact was made and further detailed discussions took place, ACI’s CB-C Craft Beer Can Drying System was delivered soon after for trial runs.

Christa Sandquist, Production Manager for Magic Rock explains further: “ACI’s help and knowledge has been great throughout the whole process. They paid a lot of attention to our particular needs and made sure that once the can dryer was installed it was up and running and working beyond our expectations.”

Christa continues, “The solution ACI provided was relatively inexpensive and helped solve all of the can drying issues we were experiencing. This had a great money saving impact with the added benefit of not impacting on the compressed air supply.  Additionally, we are also saving on staff’s time who previously were being held up checking the integrity of the labelling process.  Now we have no more issues with date coding and re-date coding due too much moisture and our boxes are no longer soggy!”

CB-C System Features:

ACI’s craft brewery systems are ‘out of the box’ drying solutions which have been designed following extensive field and laboratory testing, as well as careful consideration of the demands of the craft and micro-brewery market. The CB-C system features:

  • A single slot can dryer mounted on top of the conveyor to dry lids or bottoms.
  • Additional AK05 aluminium anodised air knives 300mm long (2x) to dry the can sides.
  • ACI/EV APE711 (5.5kW) centrifugal blower, with a running current of 10.4A, a motor FLC of 14A, providing an overall system pressure of 35inwg.
  • Noise levels are 91 dB(A) without the polythylene spray enclosure in place, and 89dB(A) without.
  • The Cb-C System is also backed up with a 24-month warranty.

The Conclusion

Christa concludes: “Overall, we have been happy with the dryer, as it’s helped sort a lot of headaches that many people just accept when running a smaller canning line. It’s amazing to see the difference the dryer makes in efficiency of the overall packing operation. We just did a canning run with a dark beer in white cans with white labels, without any hiccups. We could not have done it without the ACI blower-driven dryer.”

Solutions For Packaging & Labelling

Our range of bottle and can drying systems helps to ensure that today’s ground breaking labelling and packaging technology is not compromised by any surface water used in the packaging process.