If you didn’t know already Caledonian Bottlers are a well-established, highly reputable contract bottler who shrink wrap exclusively for the well-known alcoholic drink WKD. They approached us as their existing shrink wrap machine had reached the end of its useful life, with the costs of back up and support increasing and the availability of UK spare parts becoming harder to source. It was our reputation for best in class back up and support and reliable, robust shrink wrapping machinery that helped us to fight off the competition and make us the supplier of choice.
Caledonian Bottlers wanted to shrink wrap trays of WKD in packs of 24′s and 12′s at a maximum speed of 26 packs per minute. We knew that in order to achieve this they would need our SVAL 60×35 Inline Sleeve Sealer coupled with our TR 65/150 Double Chamber Shrink Tunnel.
The equipment was modified specifically for Caledonian in a number of ways. Firstly the length of the line was custom designed to fit exactly in between two existing conveyors within the current line. This was critical with accuracy required to +/- 5mm.
In order to achieve the speed the we upgraded the infeed and outfeed belts with faster motor gearboxes and full inverter control and a three position sealing head to provide the maximum speed.
To help them to shrink reliably at this speed the use of a double chamber shrink tunnel complete with dual zone accurate temperature control and full air flow fan speed control to provide optimum results was an absolute must.In addition to this a heavy duty steel mesh belt with side chains were a critical feature also due to the weight of the packs the number of pack in the shrink tunnel at any one time.
Bobby Millar, Engineering Manager, Caledonian Bottlers commented on the installation “We looked at a number of companies when looking to expand our production however what impressed us about YPS was the fact that they were able to custom modify a standard piece of equipment to easily integrate into our existing production line with minimal fuss. The installation was almost plug and play, we were up and running within a day!”
We have certainly enjoyed working with such a professional company as Caledonian Bottlers and so are really pleased that they are impressed with the equipment and service received from YPS.