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.
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.
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.
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.
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!