KAUP Customised Keg Clamp Attachment Improves Productivity at Otters Brewery

The International Trade Council - a peak-body, non-profit, international chamber of commerce. Dedicating to assisting businesses overcome technical barriers to trade, expand into new markets and connect with other businessesOtter Brewery is based in Luppitt, Devon.  Aptly named after the nearby River Otter, the brewery draws water from the head springs of the river to produce a family of award winning beers. Founded in 1990 by David and Mary Ann McCaig the brewery is proudly still run by the family today.

The brewery’s production has rapidly increased year on year along with its practices in sustainability, being named “Most Sustainable Brewery” at the 2011 Society of Independent Brewers awards. It owns the UK’s first underground carbon busting eco cellar, a series of willow beds which naturally treat waste water on-site and its nineteen acre site has evolved to house a state-of-the-art stainless steel Brewhouse.

To continue the company’s rapid growth, and support the introduction of its first lager and new kegging facilities, the brewery required a solution for handling the extensive number of kegs and casks which are moved on its site every day.

Following a full site inspection, B&B Attachments, the UK’s leading supplier of forklift attachments, supplied the brewery with a bespoke KAUP Keg Clamp attachment. This attachment was specially adapted for use in Otter Breweries height restricted warehouse. B&B also provided a fully refurbished attachment for loading and unloading.

The customised new Keg Clamp attachment fitted to a Toyota truck, allows for 12 barrels to be handled in a single lift. It enables a secure grip of kegs and casks and provides ease of movement in the height restricted area for handling both full and empty barrels.

The Keg Clamp is the ultimate solution for improving product handling and safety. Its standard features include, low profile stabilisers with long lasting rubber pad, wear indicators on tines, solenoid valve and end of stroke cushioning on side shift movement. The attachment provides the driver with excellent visibility when approaching the load, whilst also increasing driver confidence and ensuring safe and secure handling on site.

Patrick McCaig, Sales and Marketing Director and son of owner’s comments “These attachments are an integral part of our operation. They are used every day, enabling fast and reliable loading, unloading and end of line support. The new specially adapted keg clamp attachment has been chosen for its performance in tight turning spaces, maximum productivity and reliable operation in a height restricted space.”

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