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Krones enviro 2.0: eco-efficiency as standard

16 May 2016

Krones’ enviro sustainability programme celebrated its sixth birthday this year – and this coincided with an significant developmental thrust. With the latest version, enviro 2.0, the scope of the certification system has been significantly expanded. Now, for example, complete series of machines can be graded in accordance with their energy/media-efficiency and eco-compatibility. The first products that have undergone the new procedure, and passed, are the fillers from the Modulfill series.

Krones’ machines bearing the enviro seal have proven that they make economical use of energy and media in a certified testing procedure, ensuring eco-compatible production. The requirement is compliance with the EME standard, which has been developed by the TÜV SÜD technical inspectorate for grading production lines.

Transparent decision-making aid for clients

In the medium term, the goal behind the Krones sustainability programme is to classify the entire product range. In order to drive the enviro project forward, last year Krones refined the associated grading strategy: the new version, enviro 2.0, not only covers fully constructed or assembled machines, but already evaluates the components contained in the machine’s modules where they are relevant for EME approval.

Although the new procedure applies an even more stringent yardstick, it has already achieved significant successes. In a pilot project, the first series of machines from the Modufill range have been confirmed as sustainable under the EME standard. For Krones’ clients this means, with the exception of some special variants, they can now optionally purchase all types and sizes of the modularised filler as an enviro model. In order to provide its clients with a transparent aid to decision-making, Krones already calculates, in the quotation phase, what energy and media savings can be achieved. Since the new measuring and evaluation system supplies detailed data tailored to the individual consumers, the ROI of an enviro filler can be directly compared to that of a functionally equivalent standard model. Which machine variant – standard or enviro – is the more profitable choice for the client will depend on a multitude of factors, and has to be decided individually in each separate case. The enviro officer at Krones AG, Martina Birk, has a valuable tip for any prospective buyers who prefer to opt for lower capital investment costs rather than future potential savings: “I always advise our clients to give due consideration to the lengthy useful lifetimes that Krones’ machines have. Even if at present there is no urgent need for enhanced eco-efficiency, anyone choosing an enviro machine nowadays can safely assume that in ten years’ time they will still have fit-for-purpose technology, and will be saving energy and media on a daily basis.”

Product development: environmentally focused right from the start

In the medium term, clients who opt for a standard version will also benefit from the enviro programme. Because this involves more than just the product classification outlined above. As a management system, enviro shapes the entire gamut of development work at Krones, and guides it systematically towards meaningful sustainability.

“The goals of enviro are firmly anchored in our product creation process, and already play a significant role in our development projects,” explains Martina. “Because we are not content merely to manufacture good products. We want to offer our clients the best available technology.”

Krones has had the efficacy of enviro attested by an independent appraiser. For instance, a certification procedure conducted by the TÜV SÜD Technical Inspectorate in May 2015 confirmed that enviro leads systematically to resource-economical, eco-friendly machines that conform to at least the EME standard. The Modulfill has already achieved this status. The enviro team is currently working on gradings for additional series. The aim is to be able to offer Krones’ clients a wide choice of machines as enviro variants.

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