Bottling lines are production lines that fill liquids and beverages into bottles on a large scale. Breweries, winemakers, soft drink producers, and other companies that package products like medicines or cleaning supplies use these machines.
Most bottling-line equipment is designed to meet specific needs for different products or packaging types. This can include different label sizes, caps and container sizes. They can be arranged so that the flow and productivity of the line is maximized.
In general, most Bottling Line Solutions consist of a conveyor that moves the bottles under filling valves, which inject the liquid into them. Some machines have a system which stops the valves working when there is no bottle under them. This helps to increase efficiency and speeds up the entire process.
These machines can reduce waste as well by making it easier for smaller batches to be packaged in a larger container. This allows for more products to be packaged in a single visit to the bottler.
Light Contamination in Bottles
Through exposure to light many beverages and foods become contaminated by oxygen. This can change the flavor, color, and aroma of the beverage. You can avoid this problem by using filling machines that have an inline sensor for dissolved oxygen.
Cans vs Bottles: Breweries’ Choices
Breweries may consider the cost of cans and bottles, especially now that the US government has imposed an aluminum can tariff. Cans are less expensive than bottles, because they are largely made from recycled material.
This can save a brewer money over time, as they don’t have to invest in as many new cans. Cans are also used by many breweries because they are more eco-friendly than bottles.
These systems may also reduce the amount of bottle breakage. This can affect the quality of a product and damage the brand. They can also prevent product contamination and increase safety.
These machines apply labels to the inside of bottles, usually with a custom design. They can apply paper, clear, or Mylar labels, as well as wrap-around labels that can be customized with images and logos.
They can be used as standalone equipment or integrated into a complete production line. Some labelers have sensors that detect changes to the product’s quality and alerts the operator.
Sterilizing the Line
Steaming after bottling is a great way of sterilising the bottles before packaging for sale. This is especially useful for wines that tend to oxidize or contain other contaminants.
It is also a smart idea to clean around the filler/spouts/filter housings after bottling. This will remove any residue from the wine that may have gotten on these parts during the bottling process.