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Hirsch Brewery Produce Perfect Beer with KHS and PTC Creo

In the valleys of Tuttlingen, southern Germany you will find the Hirsch Brewery, brewing its finest ales from age old recipes, locally sourced spring water and traditional ingredients, crafts and methods... However as traditional as it may be to make and taste, Hirsch’s Master Brewer knows that without having the best packaging (careless bottling can introduce oxidation to the product, which results in a stale beer flavour) their Weissbier would lose its malty sweetness. This is why Hirsch recently upgraded its bottling line with new machinery supplied by KHS, a PTC Creo customer.


Hirsch Beers


PTC Creo from Start to Finish

KHS GmbH, based in Dortmund, Germany, offers filling machinery for glass and PET bottles, kegs, and cans for the beverage, food, and non-food industries.

The new KHS equipment used at Hirsch Brewery automates key stages of production, like bottle cleaning, filling, capping, labelling, and crating. At full capacity, the line can produce 24,000 bottles per hour. Those results are due, in part, to PTC solutions.

“Many of the innovations you see in the system are directly linked to using PTC solutions,” says Andreas Krieg, head of construction at KHS. “We use PTC Creo for every stage of the process, from the first sketches, to detailed models, to manufacturing.” The team uses PTC Creo Simulate to analyze parts ahead of manufacturing.


Hygienic Design Concept

One of the innovations is the Hygienic Design concept. Tiny crevices and spaces can lead to major problems and change the taste of the beverage in a bottling system. The Hygienic system eliminates those gaps and it also controls run off.

“The Hygienic Design concept is only possible with PTC Creo,” Krieg says. “We use it to replace corners and edges with curves and slopes, so liquids don’t pool and cleanliness improves. We also make sure there are no exposed electrical elements, pilot valves, and control hoses in the filling valve hygiene area.”


Validation and Review

The validation and review in the design process is carried out in PTC Creo View MCAD. The designers can quickly load and review sub assemblies in the visualization tool, including supplier parts that are developed in other CAD systems or delivered in a neutral format like STEP.

The viewing software is used to look at CAD data with people on all platforms, not just the designers, including clients like the team at Hirsch. And also, manufacturer sites and others on the team can use PTC Creo View MCAD to launch models for non-design work, like marketing, support, and manufacturing set up.

And that’s not all, the design and engineering activities are also managed with PTC Windchill PDMLink.


PTC Creo Helping Traditional Beer Lovers Everywhere

So behind the scenes PTC Creo helps KHS produce perfect packaging and bottling machinery, which helps Hirsch deliver outstanding beer, enabling beer lovers everywhere enjoy the taste of a tradition that goes back over 200 years.

Cheers Creo!


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