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Global hop market

A local alternative to mass beer suggested by independent brewers has been successful and is now altering the global market. Beer is becoming more diversified, so transnational companies have to accept the new game rules and to switch focus to young and fast growing markets. All these processes increased the demand for aroma and bitter hop as well as their acreage expansion on two continents. However now there appeared a downward trend of alcohol consumption in the world, so even special sorts can soon turn to be sufficient. In this connection the dynamic American hop market is already facing some problems. EU hop producers have become more cautious, they are not racing to exceed the demand and look forward with more confidence, judging by the contract terms. 

Hop Market in Russia

Germany still dominates the Russian market, yet over the recent two years one has been able observe a continuous success of Czech hop suppliers. Their expansion and growing popularity of hops from the United States became the drivers of supplies growth in 2016 despite the preceding modest harvest crop in the EU, as well as the factor of relative stability in 2017. In this connection, in 2017, the ratio of the varieties continued to shift towards the aroma ones, and the supplies of Magnum hop and other alpha varieties were reduced. However, the import of bitter hop pellets is partially replaced by extracts, especially from the major beer manufacturers. Total volumes of alpha acid supplies, according to our estimation, decreased by approximately 5% and returned to the level of 2015. Barth Haas Group continues dominating the hop products market; HVG also increased its weight. At the same time, Morris Hanbury significantly reduced the supplies in 2017.

KHS everywhere a pioneer

Status quo of KHS filling and packaging lines immediately available online 24/7 on your smartphone – all over the world

With its new KHS everywhere app KHS has taken on a pioneering role among manufacturers of filling and packaging technology for the beverage industry, moving with purpose towards Industry 4.0.

KHS everywhere is KHS' first own smartphone app, with the help of which the status quo of filling and packaging lines and individual machines anywhere in the world can be retrieved at any time of the day.

KHS everywhere communicates with all KHS lines and machines which are equipped with the new ClearLine HMI or Human Machine Interface machine operating system. Those who wish to use KHS everywhere need the following: network technology, which provides signals from lines and machines, a link to the company's in-house network and a KHS everywhere server. The software itself can be downloaded like a classic app for Apple devices with an IOS operating system (version 6 or higher). In order to ensure maximum security the server links up with your smartphone using VPN technology or secure wireless networks and a user name and password.

KHS everywhere visualization is based on the KHS ClearLine HMI design which sports a clear color scheme of gray and white.

KHS everywhere is used as you would a classic app, with the information you require retrieved by touching and scrolling down the screen.

The first section of the app displays all of the filling and packaging lines connected up to the system. Users can then choose which of their lines or machines they would like to look at in more detail. The app then jumps to the specific line with its various machines, the color of which describes their current state. If the machine symbol is outlined in blue, for example, this means that there is a fault and the operator has to intervene. Yellow indicates a temporary warning and may occur if a machine needs materials refilling in the near future, for instance. Green stands for "all's well" and red is "red alert", i.e. on an emergency stop.

The machine state can be viewed in detail for all machines. Process parameters are also accessible, such as pressures and temperatures, as are current counter readings and the container types being run. Users of the KHS everywhere app can also simply monitor individual machines, should they so wish. The program is then entered at machine level.

KHS everywhere has been specifically designed for managers who want to keep a permanent eye on what their plant machinery is doing. However, KHS has also noticed that shift supervisors and operators are also showing an interest in the app. It's thus very important here that companies who have opted for KHS everywhere can activate specific areas for their employees through a user login system. The KHS everywhere app is updatable and is being permanently further developed by KHS in tune with customer demand.

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KHS GmbH is one of the leading manufacturers of filling and packaging systems for the beverage, food and non-food industries. Headquartered in Dortmund, Germany, the company has over 4,500 employees worldwide.
KHS GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Salzgitter AG. With around 25,000 employees throughout the globe the German steel and technology group achieved a turnover of over €9 billion in the business year 2013. Within the Salzgitter Group the KHS Group and two other special machine manufacturers make up the technology division and are part of the core business of the MDAX-listed corporation.

4 Jul. 2014

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