Bottling Lines are production lines that fill a product, usually a beverage, into bottles. These are commonly used in the food and beverage and cosmetics industries for liquids such a water, milk, soft drink, juices, alcohol and bottled foods like sauces, syrups. marinades, oils and vinegars. The bottling line equipment market is expected grow over the forecasted period due to the rapid technological advancements and the growing demand for processed beverages.
The exact configuration of a bottle filling line can vary depending on the manufacturer and product. However, they all have similar components. Typically, these include a conveyor that holds empty bottles. These are then moved to several stations where they are cleaned, filled, capped, and labeled. Depending on the line some of these stations can be manually or automatically operated.
Ascend offers a wide range of bottling systems that can be configured for various container sizes and formats, including glass bottles, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles. Bottling systems are available with a wide range of dispensers such as triggers, pumps, and dispensing head to suit the needs of various drug products. Each bottle size has a set of slats that are designed to support it. This ensures the highest level accuracy and efficiency during the bottling process.
Most bottling lines can be adjusted to accommodate a variety of bottle sizes, and some lines are even capable of switching between multiple types of containers during the same cycle, saving both time and money. When choosing a bottling system, the number of slats as well as the type of dispensers are important factors. Each can have a significant effect on the efficiency of bottling and the final output.
Many wineries own their own bottling lines. However, for smaller boutique operations, it can be difficult to justify the costs of maintaining and purchasing a machine which is unused most of the time. For these wineries, mobile Bottling Line Solutions can be brought in to run their products on a regular basis for a fraction of the cost of owning and maintaining an in-house machine.
The first step to evaluating a bottling line involves identifying bottlenecks. This is best done by implementing machine monitoring. This allows the bottling lines to collect empirical data on downtime and make data-driven decisions. GE Digital’s Plant Applications, powered by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and machine learning, is a great solution for this industry because it provides continuous feedback on line performance, helps resolve problems faster, and reduces downtime.
The machine monitors all data from the line’s sensor inputs and translates it into an actionable report. This report includes bottle counts for the speed, units produced (filled), and yield. This data is analyzed and used for optimizing the line’s productivity. For example, if 1000 bottles were blow-molded during a run of production, but only 90 ended up being labeled, filled, and capped, this is an issue with quality.