Semi-Automatic and Automatic Corking Machines
For most people, corking a bottle would bring to mind the image of wine, as historically wine bottles more than any other product, have used a cork to seal their container. With the surge of craft distilleries in the past few years, however, distilled spirits have challenged the wine industry when it comes to cork use. And with many distillers pitching in to help amid the current crisis, some hand sanitizer is being packaged with a cork closure. Add in olive oils, other beverages and additional products and the popularity of bottle corking machinery has surged in the past decade.
At Liquid Packaging Solutions, bottle corkers are manufactured for businesses both big and small. Semi-automatic bottle corkers can be manufactured to work from a tabletop, conveyor, slide track or even stand alone. These machines require more interaction than their automatic counterparts, which are described in more detail below. For semi-automatic machines, operators will typically place a number of corks into a chute manually. The operator will then slide bottle under the corking head to allow the bottle corker to complete the seal.
The automatic machines offer a little more speed as well as freedom for the operator. These machines will most often be a part of a complete packaging line. Bottles will pass through the corking area on the automatic machine while traveling on a power conveyor. While the operator will need to replenish bulk corks from time to time, this machine uses an automatic cork delivery system to deliver the closures to the chute, meaning the operator will not need to be involved with every bottle that passes through. This frees the operator to monitor the entire line and replenish bottles, product, corks and other components as necessary.
Corking machines will work with regular cork closures, T-corks and other cork-like seals. Whether automatic or semi-automatic is desired, LPS will work with each individual packager to tailor the ideal solution for the packagers unique project. To learn more about this equipment, visit the Bartop Corker section of the LPS website or contact LPS today.