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January 2008
Product Review: Automated Case Packers
Before adding to an existing bottling line, wineries should talk with manufacturers, whose standards are overseen by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
by Bill Pregler
Without question, bottling lines present the most complicated headache in winery operations. They are far more complex than running a pump, cleaning a tank or operating a press. They are integrated "systems" and are compressed zones of very rapid activity. Plus, they are labor-intensive, often with repetitive motion problems that expose the winery to workman's compensation issues. Eliminating labor and liability is the purpose behind any mechanical endeavor and, regardless of winery size, bottl...
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