Whiskey Bottling Machine

Whisky or whiskey is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash with many classes and types. Usually packaged in a variety of glass bottles, the following video shows the whisky bottling machine testing process.

The bottling line has been delivered to our customer and the whole filling line is running stably and the output meets the customer's requirements. The customer is already talking about adding more bottling equipment from VKPAK.

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The whisky bottling line includes the following equipment:

Inverting bottle rinsing machine(wet rinsers), Automatic whiskey filling machine, Snap capping machine, Air blowing dryer tunnel, Light inspection, Electric shrinkage tunnel, Automatic double-sided labeling machine.

Inverting bottle rinsing machine(wet rinsers)
The inverting wet rinsing machine is used to remove dirt, dust and other debris from the bottles before they are filled by liquid filler. The production of the bottles themselves can produce some debris left over in the container, while dust and other items can settle in or on a bottle during transportation or storage. The bottle rinsers help to keep the distilled spirits pure and free from contamination by ensuring that the bottles are clean when the product is introduced.
Inverting Bottle Rinsing Machine

Inverting Bottle Rinsing Machine (Air or Wet Rinsers)

Introduction Automatic bottle rinsing machine is widely used for bottle washing before filling. It will be used for new bottles. The machine is consist of coming bottle, grabbing bottle, rolling-over, washing, flip returning, sending bottle etc. Automatic working, stable and reliable. The machine is suitable for round bottles...
Automatic whiskey filling machine
Of course, getting the whisky into the bottle is an important part of delivering the product to the customer. Most of the equipment built uses either an overflow principle or a gravity principle, which both work well with free-flowing liquid products. Again, the automation level depends in large part on the production demands, but space, personal preference and other factors will also play a part.

Although the piston filling machine is an “old” filling machine, VKPAK has done a lot of testing and optimization based on many years of design and manufacturing, our piston filling machine is well-made and durable, with high filling accuracy and easy bottle conversion (which is one of the important reasons why the customer chose our equipment).

Automatic Overflow Filling Machine

Automatic Overflow Filling Machine

Introduction The linear overflow defoaming liquid filling machine is suitable for filling liquids that are prone to foaming, and it is also suitable for liquids that do not foam. The filling liquid can not only prevent foam from overflowing, but also keep the liquid level consistent. It can...
Automatic Gravity Filling Machine

Automatic Gravity Filling Machine

Introduction This Filling Machine is gravity type filling machine which is suitable for filling thin fluid. The machine is made by in-line structure , filling head quantity can be custom-made according to different production capacity such as 6/8/10/12/16 /20 heads. The filling volume is controlled by filling time,...
Automatic Piston Filling Machine

Automatic Piston Filling Machine

Introduction Piston fillers measure and dispense free flowing products - such as thin and/or moderately dense liquids - onto a container. Each machine is equipped with one or more volumetric pistons. Each fill/release cycle consists of an intake stroke, where the product is withdrawn from the container or...
Snap capping machine
A snap capping machine will normally include a slightly declining belt or bar that applies pressure to the cap as the cap and container move through the packaging machine. As the product reaches the end of the decline, enough pressure is applied to snap the cap securely in place. These techniques share a common theme in that the pressure is applied to the top of the cap, pressing down until the seal is completed.
Automatic Press Snap Capping Machine

Automatic Press Snap Capping Machine

Introduction This Automatic Press Snap Capping Machine is used for closing press type caps, it is made up by 3 parts: cap feeding system, cap loading system and cap closing system. It is characterized by its simple structure and high qualification rate. Can be used alone or inline. Linear...
Air blowing dryer tunnel
Air blowing dryer tunnel is used to remove water by steam tunnel for easy packing or inkjet codes printing on bottles.

After capping, the bottles should be dried with our drying machine. Before labeling, the bottles should pass three suits of our special wind knives, for which the wind origins from whirlpool pump. The whirlpool generates pressure wind, and becomes high speed wind curtain through the wind knife mouth, and then the wind blows the bottles up and down till dry. Therefore it is more convenient for the labeling and carton packing. In this way, this machine solves the problem that the bottle body carries water, and confirms that the bottle is dry before labeling.

Light inspection
Lighting inspection is an important way to control the internal quality of transparent bottled whiskey. If not handled properly, it will cause serious consequences. When the bottle is working under the backlight, the impurities and suspended substances in the moving bottle can be clearly seen through the magnifying glass, so as to prevent the unqualified products from being missed. If you find a defective product, you can take it directly.
Electric shrinkage tunnel
Electric shrinkage tunnel is used for sealing bottles’ caps/necks. Shrink caps are heated by electricity to seal the mouth of the whiskey bottle.
Automatic double-sided labeling machine
The machine is customized with two special folding devices based on the double-sided labeling machine, which applies the flat long label to the two adjacent sides of the square bottle.
Double Sided Labeling Machine

Automatic Double Sided Labeling Machine

Introduction Double Sides Labeling Machine is widely suitable for food stuff, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, pesticide and other industries. It is single and double side labeling for flat, square and round bottle. Automatic controlled by computer (PLC) easy operating. It can change specifications easily. It adopts servo motor, achieved closed...

Complete whisky bottling system

As anyone who works in the industry knows, or anyone who just enjoys whiskey, the products or brands tend to be packaged in similar containers. Though exceptions do apply, most whiskey will be seen in bottles of 750 or 375ml. Other popular bottles include 50 ml, 1 liter and a few other sizes. Packaging equipment must handle all of the sizes, and shapes, that whiskey will use to move product to the shelf. However, given the consistency often found in product viscosity, bottle shapes and bottle sizes and material, a typical packaging line for distilled spirits can work as a starting point in finding the ideal solution for any distiller.

Bottle Rinsing Machine

Many distillers will use rinsing machinery to ensure that no dust or debris settles in the containers prior to introducing the product to the bottle. While these machines can use air, water, product or other cleaning solution to remove contaminants, the distilled spirits industry will often use either air or product to complete the rinse. This is done to avoid cross-contamination with water or other cleaning solution and keep the whiskey pure.

Filling Equipments

In most cases, whiskey will be low viscosity, free-flowing products that will use one of three types of filling machines to prepare product. The first is a simple gravity filler, which as the name suggests, uses gravity to move product into waiting containers. The second option is an overflow filler, which will fill each bottle to a pre-set level rather than by volume. As whiskey are often packaged in clear glass bottles, the overflow filler offers an aesthetic benefit by ensuring spirits create a perfect line for consumers when they reach the shelf. While volume may vary slightly, overflow fillers will fall within necessary tolerances for volume except in extremely rare cases where bottle manufacturers do not put a premium on internal volume. The third option is an piston filler, which filling the same volume of liquid by pushing the same stroke with a cylinder, VKPAK modified piston filling machine can also be used to package whiskey.

Capping and Sealing Machinery

The capping machine used for a whiskey packaging line will depend on the type of closure being used on the bottles or other containers. Some bottles will use simple screw on type caps like you would find on bottled water or soft drinks. These products will be sealed with a spindle capper or a chuck capping machine. Others may use pilfer proof caps, like can be found on many wine bottles. These closures are applied with a ROPP capping machines, used specifically for roll on, pilfer proof lids. Still other packagers will use bartop corks or T-corks to plug bottles, and bartop corkers can be used to push these seals into place. Some packagers of whiskey will also incorporate neck bands or capsules for tamper evident sealing as well. Each of these methods of capping will require the correct machinery for a consistent and reliable seal.

Labeling Equipments

Almost all distilled spirits tend to include a front and back label on their product. However, labeling machinery can be manufactured to apply labels in virtually any way that the distiller sees fit for their project. Whiskey may include panel labels or even a top label. The type of label to be applied will depend on both the wishes of the distiller as well as the bottle size, shape, and information to be included on the label.

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list of the packaging equipment that could be used by a distiller. Another of the great things about the distilled spirits industry is the unique packages that hold the unique spirits. For those distillers that experiment with product or package, VKPAK offers custom packaging machinery hand tailored to the needs of the project at hand. For questions about any of the products offered for the distilled spirits industry, feel free to contact a Packaging Specialist at VKPAK today!

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