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Soaking vs. automation - Wine label removal goes high tech

Posted on September 06, 2020

HEALDSBURG, CA – Just in time for today’s business climate for wineries that are reducing costs and seeking greater efficiency, Alpine Engineering Solutions LLC has introduced the Lola 200 delabeler. The first of its kind, the Lola 200 allows for a reduction in labor, water, and blades than methods currently used to remove labels.

Lola 200 typically runs at 200 to 300 bottles per hour with one or two people operating the machine. The typical speed per label is 10 seconds. To see the Lola 200 in action, watch the video.

The machine eliminates the need to soak bottles in tubs of water then spend additional time scraping off labels and adhesive by hand. This expensive and time-consuming process is charged out at $14 per case or more. The return-on-investment (ROI) for the Lola 200 is often less than five days in this scenario.

For bottling service providers, the cost of removing labels is factored into every run because crooked labels occur when initial machine adjustments are being made. Larger lines produce a number of cases at the start of each day that get rejected. This can involve five cases per line change over, which adds up quickly on bulk lines with multiple line changes per day. For wines that cost $100 and up and maintain very high standards for their brands, rejection rates can be even higher than five cases per changeover.

“Mechanizing an old-fashioned process eliminates a costly disruption,” said Lola 200 inventor Nick Goldschmidt, renowned winemaker from Goldschmidt Vineyards. “The machines are built to have one on each bottling line so that bottling sequence is maintained. This is important for product recalls.

“People have found them useful for label issues such as addressing nonperformance of adhesives, fixing misspellings, changing back labels to meet international requirements, or updating the label for marketing reasons,” Goldschmidt added. “And as a winemaker, I have found that streamlining operations and reducing labor to save costs can help mitigate revenue challenges.”

Lola 200 is compact and portable with a footprint about the size of an adult male. It can be adjusted for tapered bottles within minutes and can support bottles 350ml and up. It requires liquid CO2 (from a cylinder) and oxygen.

Alpine Engineering Solutions, the technology development company for Goldschmidt’s inventions, has 400 machines deployed across the Southern Hemisphere. The Lola 200 was manufactured in Napa, CA with parts made in the U.S. For more information, contact nick@goldschmidtvineyards.com or call 707-479 8692.

ABOUT US

Alpine Engineering Solutions LCC is a technology research and development company based in Healdsburg, CA that brings to market innovative solutions for the wine industry. Other commercial products include the de-capper. This removes the collar for screw cap bottling when the torque needs to be checked or the fill height confirmed. Vinoflux is a new technology to modify and soften dry or dusty tannins in an age when wines are to be sold younger. 


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