US-based Fernson Brewing has deployed the G1 applicator from multi-packing solutions firm WaveGrip to double its canning production.

The brewery will use the G1 applicator as a sustainable solution to produce its beer cans by reducing the labour costs and materials needed to pack its cans.

Fernson Brewing CEO Joel Thompson said: “We are often asked why we chose cans for our beers rather than bottles and there are two basic reasons.

“One is that cans are better at protecting each beer from light and oxygen, and two is because aluminium cans are lighter and easier to recycle than glass.

“However, whilst cans are great for the beers and our drinkers, the packaging of them was proving to be very labour intensive, and many of the automated solutions we had seen were just too expensive for the level we need to run our machines at.”

WaveGrip said that the G1 applicator can produce cans with a weight of less than 4g for a standard six-pack. The company also mentioned that its carriers are 100% recyclable and meet current US packaging regulations.

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Thompson added: “The WaveGrip G1 was the perfect choice for us, and even running at just 30cpm we are seeing significant benefits, including giving the team more time to spend on what they love, the brewing!”

In February, Canadian artisanal brewery Lagabière deployed the G1 applicator to double its canning production over the next few years.