When customer demand necessitated Blacksheep Brewery changing from traditional keg handling to using clamps, the brewery decided that the Kaup keg clamp, from B&B Attachments, offered the best specification and life expectancy. Now, three Kaup keg clamps attached to Mitsubishi counterbalance trucks provide Blacksheep Brewery with excellent visibility and a fast, reliable operation.
Blacksheep Brewery has recently invested in a new brewhouse, which will enable the brewery to increase production from the current 45,000 to 80,000 barrels a year. The three Kaup keg clamps provided by B&B will be an integral part in catering for this expansion enabling fast and reliable loading, and unloading of kegs at the brewery's distribution warehouse in Bedale.
A key area in Blacksheep Brewery's decision to purchase the Kaup keg clamps was the fact the Kaup unit is a genuine clamp and is able to pick up 'straight sided kegs', used by the brewery, as well as traditional barrel shapes. With customers such as Interbrew, John Smith, Carlsberg and Scottish Courage demanding fast response times and efficient handling, the Kaup clamp has been instrumental in Blacksheep Brewery meeting these requirements.
Established in 1992, Blacksheep Brewery has grown extremely fast in its 13 years history, developing from a small brewery supplying beer to pubs around the Yorkshire Dales to a major supplier exporting all over the world. Its famous keg beers, Blacksheep Bitter, Special Ale, Emmerdale and Riggwelter are sold throughout the Midlands and North of England.
“B&B specified the Kaup clamps and they are delivering everything that was promised”, says Terry Potter, Transport and Distribution Manager at Blacksheep Brewery. “The clamps are built to a very high standard and are backed by B&B's excellent after sales service”.
Kaup's keg clamps are equipped with a low profile stabiliser with long lasting rubber pads; wear indicators on tines, solenoid valve and end of stroke cushioning on side shift movement. Available in alternative operating ranges, non-side shifting versions and varying tine and stabiliser lengths, the Kaup keg clamps enable a secure grip of kegs and casks as well as easy pallet handling without the removal of the centre tine.
Established for over 24 years, B&B Attachments is the UK's leading independent supplier of forklift truck attachments and masts. From its sites in Hungerford, West Berkshire and Cramlington, Northumberland the company services a client base that includes OEMs, forklift truck dealerships and end users.