The process of packaging in the beverage industry is an impressive engineering feat. From bottling and labelling to sorting and palletizing the entire process can seem overwhelming to someone looking to produce and package their own beverages.

The process of engineering and re-engineering these packaging lines (as your operation grows) can be quite complex and expensive. To help prepare upcoming bottling barons for their future packaging needs we’ll look at six bottling tips that will have you up and running in this two-part post.

Examine packaging hall design

Ensuring your line is properly designed is essential. Ideally your filler should be your slowest piece of equipment. It’s not uncommon to have packaging halls where the first and last machines on the line are 2 to 3 times faster than the filler itself. If a line is properly designed, the time to repair minor issues will be absorbed elsewhere along the line.

Optimise spare part management

Work with your system manufacturer to develop an optimised spare part management system that will work for your operation. Conduct an analysis and be sure that you understand which parts you should have in stock on site, which parts you need to be able to order from your vendor on short notice and which are uncritical spare parts for which delivery times of some weeks are acceptable.

Don’t forget safety

Bottling plants are busy places so you need to make sure your new team members understand that safety, quality and production are critical and prioritised in that order. Invest in an orientation checklist that includes topics like personal protective equipment, washroom location, break policy, chemicals and equipment used etc.

When it comes to beverage bottling Heuft is the world leader in quality inspection. Heuft offer quality inspection equipment that caters to a range of requirements. Through our partnership with Heuft, Plastic & Chemical Trading can provide Southern Africa with world class solutions.