48 BREWING & BEVERAGE INDUSTRIES BUSINESS www.smap3d-plant-design.com For more information visit: The Krones Group, headquartered in Neutraubling, Germany, plans, develops and manufactures machines and complete lines for the fields of process, filling and packaging technology. Its product portfolio is rounded off by information technology, factory planning and products from Krones’ subsidiaries such as intralogistics and valve production. Every day, millions of bottles, cans, and special-shaped containers are processed on lines from Krones, particularly in breweries, the soft drink sector and for producers of wine, sparkling wines and spirits. "Our main concern is to make the entire design process based on the existing 3D CAD Solid Edge even more efficient,” said Volker Richter, Head of Mechanical and Process Engineering for Soft Drinks, Dairy and Water. In particular, he and his team are responsible for the design of process equipment with a focus on the soft drink industry, mixers, CIP systems and thermal product systems. The design of pipeline sections - with a view to their production - plays a significant role at Krones. The maintenance effort required to create the pipelines in the 3D design proved to be extremely time-consuming. With the introduction of CAD Partner’s 3D pipeline planning software Smap3D Plant Design, Krones AG is relying on an internationally-used software solution that is deeply integrated into the existing CAD system Solid Edge from Siemens PLM. For an optimal process chain, Smap3D Plant Design is the software solution for plant design and 3D design that combines exactly what is essential for consistent planning: the individual detail with the overall perspective - from pipe features in centrally defined pipe specs with 3D plans, to complete 3D piping systems. With this solution, during the design process, the designer can check whether pipes are mechanically bendable, e.g. exceed a certain length known as the ‘minimum bending length’. For orbital welding, this information is essential: An automated welding seam is only possible on the basis of a minimum length so that the welding gun can be positioned accordingly. Even if a manual seam is no longer an option as a result of falling below the minimum pipe length, the designer receives a notification from Smap3D Plant Design and the pipe is not even generated! This eliminates reworking and correction in the design and manufacturing. The number of attachments covered under B&B service contracts has grown significantly over the last year, with new national service contracts in place with major forklift companies throughout the UK. To support the growth of B&B’s after sales service and the additional demand for new contracts, B&B’s team of fully trained service technicians, engineers and administration team has also grown. The expanded field based team of 22 operate from service vans which are based strategically throughout the UK. Each B&B service van is a mobile workshop fully equipped with test equipment, hose making equipment to allow most repairs to be carried out on- site. The B&B Service Engineer Team are able to carry out a range of diagnostic checks on specific types of attachments on-site to ensure that equipment is always at its optimum performance level. B&B’s service contracts ensure that a “competent person” completes the maintenance requirements on all types of standard and specialist attachments. B&B offers a range of flexible service options to suit site and contract needs. Its fully inclusive service contracts allow essential preventative maintenance to be carried out at a set fixed cost for the period of the contract. This service contract includes the cost of any call outs and any replacement parts required, with the exception of keg clamp tines, forks, rubber pads and any damage, misuse and abuse of the attachment. A fully inclusive service contract ensures attachments are regularly maintained to the manufactures recommendation, whilst also increasing productivity by preventing downtime. B&B Attachments also offers a pay as you go maintenance option where the customer can pay for each service and examination as it is completed. All the costs are discussed and agreed with the service team and aligned to suit the customers’ budget. The variety of preventative maintenance, service and repair plans available from B&B ensures that the service support team will help its customers’ choose, with confidence, the best service plan for their individual requirement and budget. The B&B team will find a plan to match any business need. B&B Attachments expands its Service Team To bend or not to bend www.bandbattachments.com For more information visit: News PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT 48_Layout 1 16/05/2018 10:17 Page 1