For brewers that do their own canning or are looking into doing so, Ska Fabricating announces the Magic Bus, a new fully automated can depalletizer with pallet management. Ska Fab will be hosting a virtual release party for the Magic Bus on Friday, April 24th. You can RSVP and learn more by clicking here.
Ska Fabricating was founded in 2012 by Matt Vincent, a co-founder of Ska Brewing, also located in Durango, Colorado. This award-winning brewery was one of the first craft brewers to can its lineup of beers. Ska Fabricating does not produce canning lines but offers automated packaging lines for craft businesses that increases productivity and safety. Its focus is on depalletizers, palletizers, conveyance systems, rinsing, drying, filling and date coding products.
The new Magic Bus is a fully automated can depalletizer with pallet management capable of speeds up to 600 cans per minute. This new canning line accessory will increase the speed and automation of any canning line. The Magic Bus is currently being used at Allagash Brewing and Maui Brewing.
Here are additional details from Ska Fabricating’s press release…
The Magic Bus is all about two things: speed and true automation. Gone are the days of pouring time and labor into the manual handling of pallets, top frames and tier sheets on canning lines— the Magic Bus allows packaging teams to “set it and forget it” by simply loading cans, debanding, and pressing start. A standard two-pallet infeed pulls pallets of cans into a depalletizer, where they are automatically emptied, stacked, and have their top frame and tier sheets removed and stored.
Two craft breweries have already implemented use of the Magic Bus in their canning operations. This new product can be found in the wild at Allagash Brewing in Portland, Maine and Maui Brewing on Maui island in Hawaii.
“It’s a pallet loader that lets us queue up a full pallet of empty cans in an infeed system that will then automatically index that next pallet into the depalletizer rather than waiting for a fork lift driver to do it. It’s one more way of making sure we keep the filler running and don’t starve it of cans. We were the first to install one of these systems from Ska.” – Sean Diffley, Engineering Director at Allagash Brewing Co.
Join the Ska Fabricating team for The Magic Bus virtual release party on Friday, April 24 at 10am MST, with a live demonstration of this new product followed by a q&a segment with Ska Fab’s fabrication experts.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.