Faster is better. You have bottles to fill and cases to distribute, the GlassPak66™ can make it happen. A.B.E.’s high-speed rotary bottling line can rinse, fill and cap 66 bottles per minute, or roughly 4,000 per hour. Designed by our engineers here in Lincoln, Nebraska, the GlassPak66™ is relatively compact for the speed it provides but is big on what it delivers.
A.B.E.’s GlassPak66 Automatic “Monoblock” Beer Bottling System with ROPP Capper is designed to meet the needs of the ever-expanding beverage market around the globe. Built with a heavy-duty stainless-steel frame and stainless steel main platform, the GlassPak66 is ready for action when it reaches your production floor.
“Monoblock” Filling Systems are robust, continuous motion systems, designed to streamline the rinsing, filling and capping process while minimizing valuable floor space. “ROPP” capping refers to “Roll Over Pilfer Proof” cap application.
In basic terms, ROPP uses an aluminum “cover” that is placed over the existing threads of the bottle and held in position while thread forming wheels spin around the cover to follow to the existing threads of the bottle resulting in a securely threaded cap and tamper evident band. ROPP cappers are widely used for capping in the beverages, liquor, edible oil, lubricant, medical, pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals industries.
Operating Features of the GlassPak66 with ROPP Capper:
Bottle Feed Conveyance
Empty bottles are loaded onto an optional Feed Table or directly onto the main Feed Conveyor to be transported into the Monoblock station.
After being conveyed into the Monoblock unit, bottles are automatically inverted, rinsed and drained to release any debris that may have accumulated during bottle transportation or storage.
In this phase, the continuous motion design, grabs and inverts each bottle and positions it over an internal rinse nozzle spraying water, or sanitizer solution, inside the bottle. Typical installations use tap water for pre-rinsing and then run the used water to a drain. The “GlassPak66” also comes with a recirculating pump that allows the brewer to recycle a sanitizing rinse solution if so desired. Please speak with your A.B.E representative rinsing options.
The GlassPak66 is an 18 head, counter-pressure style bottle filler with Double-Pre-Evacuation Feature that can achieve production speeds of up to 66 CPM. Each head performs four main functions during the filling process: 1). Removing the majority of air from the empty bottle 2). Purging and pressurizing the bottle with carbon dioxide 3). Filling the bottle with beer; under pressure. 4). Relieving the pressure and releasing the bottle to complete the filling process.
After rinsing, bottles travel to the filling station where air is vacuumed from the inside of the bottle to maximize oxygen removal. When the fill valve is opened, any remaining air is replaced with Carbon Dioxide-CO2 at an adjustable pressure of up to 40psi. This process helps to ensure low dissolved oxygen carryover, which increases shelf life and maintains quality. Once bottles have reached the same internal pressure as the Filling Drum, a spring activated device allows the liquid valve to lift from its seal and initiate the filing process. The fill level of each bottle is limited by a predetermined fill-vent tube length. The lower this tube protrudes into the bottle, the lower the final fill level position. Once the rising liquid reaches the vent tube, it travels up the tube until it reaches equilibrium with the liquid in the drum which forces all liquid movement to stop. The filling valve is then closed; an exhaust port is opened and the bottles are “vented” until there is no longer counter-pressure inside each bottle. After this process is complete, bottles travel to the capper where a crown cap is automatically applied.
The capping portion of the system elevates bulk ROPP caps from the hopper to the Cap Unscrambler. The Unscrambler tumbles caps in a protected chamber that directs them to the main Cap Chute Assembly with the open side up. At the bottom of the chute, a small air stream blows each cap into the capping position in preparation for proper application.
As bottles pass under the chute, caps are applied by way of a Tapered Ceramic Sleeve that forces each metal cap onto the top of the bottle prior to ROPP application.
- Production speeds up to 66 bpm based on 12 oz. bottles.
- Power: 208 – 240-volt 3 phase, 60 hz.
- Amp draw: 30 amps including dryer.
- Adjustable machine speed based on production needs and manpower available.
- CIP Compatible
Stainless steel main Platform. Main waste drain. Power use less than 30 amps including dryer.
208/240 volt 3 phase, 60 hz. Adjustable speed control. From 1000 up to 4000 bph depending on available labor or carbonation level of select beer. Adjustable machine speed based on manpower available. Less than 2% beer waste. 3 gl. per minute wastewater for pre and post-rinse.
Dimensions – Mono Block: 126″height x 96″width x 72″ depth.
Weight – 4,600 lbs.
PLC with Touchscreen controls
Rinse water requirements: 3 gpm
CO2 requirements – Variable
Air Pressure requirements – Minimum 90 psi @ 10 SCFM
- A.B.E. GlassPak66™ Complete Bottling Lines
- Up to 66 BPM!
- Rinses, Fills and Caps Bottles
- Date-Coder and Labler optional
- Minimal Footprint
- PLC controls
- Main transfer Conveyors
- Purge & Fill Cycles
- Cap Applicator
- Rinser and Air Blast
- Control Panel with HMI
Touch Screen Display