Below this article is a video showing a new canning machine, the first of its kind, and it can be found in Menomonie, Wis.
Lucette now owns a brand new, hands-free canning machine from CASK Brewing Systems of Alberta, Canada. This is the first canning line of its kind in use. Cask provides canning supplies to small scale operations like craft breweries and large companies such as Ball Corp.
A representative from CBS flew in from Alberta to assist Lucette in learning their new canning machine. With him he brought the video crew who filmed this promotional video.
"The new canning line is a lot quicker and more automated than the one we had before," said Jon Christiansen, Lucette's head brewer.
Their first canning line, which was a temporary unit supplied by Cask until their new line was created, finessed and delivered, was much more labor intensive. The manual machine was manual fill, meaning an operator would load two cans at a time, push a button and watch it fill with beer and be tapped off with CO2. These cans were then moved to the seamer where the lid was placed by hand and then seemed after another button was pushed. Canning days sometimes lasted well over 12 hours for Team Lucette, but thanks to their new semi-automated machine, their canning days are no longer so intense. Production has been ramped from around 8 cans per minute to around 15 CPM.
"We've enjoyed working with craft brewers for the last 30 years and look forward to continuing to provide innovative canning solutions to our clients in the future," says CBS in their video.