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New Swing-Top Opening Machine and Swing-Top Closing Machine for the Rieder Brewery!In 2003 AMS delivered a 16-position swing-top closing to machine to the Ried brewery in Austria. Since then, the machine has reliably processed millions of swing-top bottles. A credit to the excellent maintenance over the years, using predominantly AMS replacement parts and upgrades.
Product quality standards at the brewery are first and foremost and played a major role in the decision to build a new bottling line. Helping in ensure that these high standards can continue to be meet in the future.
Negotiations for the new production line, with a rated capacity of 16,000 bottles per hour, started in spring 2023. We were invited by managing director and master brewer Josef Niklas to present our “state-of-the-art” 20-position opening and our 24-position closing machines. Both machines have fully automated cleaning systems and the closing machine takes full advantage of the AMS hygienic design concept.
Production at Kulmbacher Brewery tops 132.000 bottles per hour!The success of the Kulmbacher brewery and AMS Getränketechnik have been closely linked for more than 20 years. During this time, we have had the privilege to deliver nine closing and four opening machines. Each one helping meet the increasing demand.
From the thirteen machines that have been built over the years, 9 are still in operation at Kulmbach and the two BVM30 machines built in 2001 are now in operation at the Würzburger brewery in Würzburg.
In 2014 a new production line was put into operation with a capacity of 30,000 bottles per hour. However, after a short period of time, the new line was already at capacity and in 2017 production capacity was further increased with an additional line capable of 50,000 bottles per hour. The new line included two 40-position swing-top closing machines and a 10-position opening machine.
During the corona pandemic, due to the restrictions placed on the food service industry, sales increased dramatically and pushed both lines to their limits once again. In 2021 the decision was made to expand the existing site. With the catchy name “B52”, an additional swing-top production line with a capacity of 52,000 bottles per hour was built. Increasing the total capacity at the Kulmbacher brewery to 132,000 bottles per hour. That means that every hour, 6600 crates or to put it another way, 165 pallets of beer are transported to their warehouse ready to be sold on. We are extremely proud to be a small part of this extraordinary output. This drive to increase efficiency and output has also helped us over the years to improve the output of our machines. An example of this is our 20-postion opening machine which was recently commissioned at the brewery.
It's not just output that is important in Kulmbach, hygiene is also a top priority. Over the years, in combination with brewery’s laboratory, AMS have strived to improve upon the design of the machine’s cleaning systems and the cleanability of machine parts. Regular spray-shadow-tests were carried out during commissioning and helped guide future developments in the machines.
It's not just beer in swing-top bottles!Alain Brugalières, recognized that agriculture had to change in order to remain sustainable. In 1983 he founded the French food manufacturer Vitamont, based on the simple idea of locally sourced, organic fruit juices. Initially demand was low, but in the 1990’s the first EU regulations on organic farming were introduced and with a few food scandals along the way demand started to increase.
Today Vitamont offer over 130 different fruit juices, including a range of soft drinks in swing-top bottles. Until recently all Swing-top products were mounted and closed by hand, a rather labour-intensive task. The management at Vitamont decided to invest in automating the process and spring 2021 placed an order with AMS for a fully automated swing-top sorting & mounting machine, and a fully automated swing-top closing machine. Both machines operate with a nominal output of 2,250 bottles per hour.
From a successful beer seller in the 1930's to a traditional Belgian beer brewery in 2020's!The history of the Caulier brewery begins in the interwar period with Charles Caulier, who was an industrious beer seller in the south of Belgium. With the help of his family, he expanded the business to a considerable size over the following decades. In the early 1990s, the Caulier family decided to brew and market their own beer, a bespoke high fermentation blonde. The beer was named Bon Secours after the small village were Charles Caulier first started selling beer.
In the preceding years Brassiere Caulier have extensively expanded their range and bottle almost exclusively in swing-top bottles. Due to increasing demand and the age of their existing closing machine, the decision was taken in 2022 to purchase a new BV24 swing-top closing machine from AMS. The decisive factors in the decision were; the hygienic design, closing rate, AMS service, and production reliability. In addition to the sloped, electro-polished “ARCH” machine table, the new machine is also fitted with hygienic design format parts and new “open” closing elements with improved cleanability. All three features are now standard on AMS swing-top closing machines.
Birra Amarcord invest in increased capacity and full automation for swing-top mounting and closing!Back In 2008, AMS/KOSME commissioned a rinser-filler-multicapper block, at the then up-and-coming brewery Birra Amarcord in Italy. In 2022 due to an increasing demand for swing-top beer, and after 13 years of reliable service, the decision was taken to invest in the existing production line and increase capacity to around 9,000 bottles per hour. To achieve this, a new AMS swing-top closing machine and two fully automated swing-top sorting and mounting machines were purchased.
The new 12 position swing-top closing machine has a rated nominal capacity of 9,000 bottles per hour. The swing-top sorting and mounting machines were specially developed for the Amarcord project. In an AMS first, two swing-top sorting machines were combined with one “double” mounting machine (you can find out more about this new development on page 17), achieving a rated nominal capacity of 4,500 bottles per hour per machine group.
New development - swing stopper sorting and mounting machine with a rated capacity of 4.500 BphAs announced in one of our previous news at the end of the last year, we have completed the first 2 fully-automatic swing stopper sorting and mounting machines with this higher rated capacity. These were then delivered to Italy and successfully commissioned in May 2022. The total output of the fully-automatic machine is 9,000 bottles per hour. You will find more information and a new product video about this machine on our product page. If you need further information or have questions about this product, please do not hesitate to contact us. We're always at your service. Your AMS team!
NEW PRODUCT - SWING STOPPER AND BOTTLE INSPECTION FOR A RATED SPEED OF 32.000 BphA complete and satisfied inspection of swing stoppers and bottles for this performance range is a challenge for many manufacturers of inspection technology. But not for AMS Getränketechnik !! In cooperation with a German inspection specialist, we were able to completely convince the Allgäu brewery and the Radeberger Group of this technology. You will find more information and a new product video about this machine on our product page. If you need further information or have questions about this product, please do not hesitate to contact us. We're always at your service. Your AMS team!
ALLGÄUER BREWERY STARTS UP THE NEW FILLING LINE WITH AMS-MACHINES AND IS UPGRADING THEIR EXISTING LINE WITH AMS!A BV40 closing machine with 40 closing heads and a RBÖ10 rotary opener with 10 opening positions have been running there for 13 years to their complete satisfaction. Since the sales of swing-top bottles have increased significantly in recent years, the management of the Radeberger Group decided on a new bottling line with a line capacity of 25,000 bottles per hour for the brewery location in Marktoberndorf. The new swing stopper filling line contains a new swing stopper closing machine with 40 closing heads and a newly developed rotary opener with 20 opening positions. The topic of „stopper head and rubber seal inspection“ is very important for the Allgäuer Brewery. A corresponding solution should not be missing in the new filling line. That’s why a newly developed DGI40 inspection machine with 40 heads, which inspects the swing stopper heads and rubber seal, raises bottling to a safer standard. These 3 machines were delivered in spring 2021 and successfully commissioned in the new bottling line.
The existing AMS swing stopper machine of the older generation will be completely upgraded mechanically and electrically to a current standard for the next few years. Also the hygienic standard will be raised again. We would like to thank the Allgäuer Brewery and the Radeberger Group again for their trust.
NEW DEVELOPMENT - ROTARY OPENING MACHINE WITH 18.000 BpHSince this summer we have again a new addition to the further developments of our AMS machines and are presenting a rotary opening machine RBÖ with 20 positions. With this machine size, the nominal output is now 18,000 bottles per hour. In order to bring our opener to a new standard when it comes to “hygienic design”, we have made some design changes on the machine. The machine table is based on the curved ARCH table of our swing stopper closing machines. The railing guides or stars are now made of white plastic and guarantee immediate visibility of dirt or wear.
When it came to the PLC control, we are using again the PLC from B&R. The newly developed visualization offers a user-friendly interface. New additional features such as position tracking of the individual alignment or opening positions are integrated as standard.
You will find more information and a new product video about this machine on our product page. If you need further information or have questions about this product, please do not hesitate to contact us. We're always at your service. Your AMS team!
INCREASED PERFORMANCE IN SWING STOPPER MOUNTINGThe subject of “mounting stoppers to bottles" is nothing new to us. We have been building fully automatic machines for stopper mounting since 2003. 14 of these assembly systems have already been manufactured and delivered worldwide. A performance of up to 2,500 bottles per hour was considered sufficient for a long time. Times have changed enormously and everything should now get faster. We have therefore decided to double the performance for such special machines in order to meet today's demands of our customers.
With this performance class, AMS and its team are once again proving their absolute pioneering spirit and the associated spirit of development. We are expanding our range to include a BMM-4500 stopper mounting machine with a nominal output of 4,500 bottles per hour. This new development in connection with our fully automatic sorting machines BSM is a further step towards full line automation and digitization (4.0). Such units of this type are currently under construction. If you need further information or have any questions about this product, please do not hesitate to contact us. We're always at your service. Your AMS team!
HYGIENICALLY DESIGNED CLOSING ELEMENT AS THE NEW AMS STANDARDWith the constant hygienic further development of our alignment unit for swing-top bottles in 2013, we were able to raise the bar in terms of machine cleanliness. The focus was on the open design, which made it much easier to operate during cleaning. This concept of the open design has now been applied and revised for the element guides. Here, too, the guide parts have a more open design and are made of special white plastic.
As with the hygiene tunnel, these hygiene guides are downward compatible and, after technical testing, can be retrofitted in many previous models. If you need further information or have any questions about this product, please do not hesitate to contact us. We're always at your service.
HIGHEST DETECTION RATE FOR RUBBER SEAL AND LOGO INSPECTIONIf you are one of the bottling companies that has been struggling with the problem of broken porcelain clapper or broken sealing washers for a long time, we can help you with our rubber seal inspection, called "DGI" for short. Our rubber seal inspection machine detects damaged, missing or contaminated rubber seals on swing caps and subsequently rejects the bad bottles. Since we are based on the same alignment principle for this machine as for our clip-on closing machines, we can guarantee an alignment and inspection rate of> 98% without any problems. Our inspection machines are available in different performance sizes, which are between 2,000 and 32,000 bottles per hour.
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AUTOMATICALLY CONTROLLED HPI FOR AVE Technologiesn May 2020 we received an order from the Italian plant manufacturer AVE Technologies to build two automatic high-pressure injection systems - short called "HPI". A HPI system injects a high pressure jet of hot water into an open bottle causing the contents to foam before the bottle is closed. The system is designed for use with carbonated drinks. Water is passed through a boiler and heated to a controlled temperature (up to 85°C). The heated water is then sprayed/injected into the bottle. As the foam forms in the neck of the bottle it pushes the air out before being sealed. Through this process the shelf life of the product is increased.
By the means of a rotary encoder the speed of the filler is calculated and the pressure in the HPI proportionally adjusted. This means that the filler speed is constantly being monitored by the controller and the ideal injection pressure is provided by the pump. This ensures that by every production speed the product has the optimal amount foam in the neck before being closed. The system is design for variable production speeds.