The transfer of empty and full bottles between the machines of the bottling plant is carried out with bottle conveyors. Following conveyor types with relevant capacities are available to transport:
Empty bottles: an accumulator conveyor with ~ 2200 bottle capacity. Full bottles between the filling – labeling units; an accumulator conveyor with ~ 3100 bottle capacity and between Labelling – Shrinking units; an accumulator conveyors with ~ 2400 bottles capacity. There is also a ~30-meter package conveyor available. The empty bottle conveyors have ~ 3-minute accumulation reserve between the machines on the bottling line with the required bottle / hour speed for 200 ml glass bottle.
The conveyors are commanded with PLC which is able to accelerate and decelerate the flow and avoid congestion thanks to the mechanical limit switches installed in the entry of the machines. A hollow output shaft reducer with directly coupled cooling fan is installed to the drive stations. The other components of the conveyor are made of stainless steel or hard plastic. The side supports of the conveyors are designed in a manner that the labels on the bottles are not damaged after labeling process.
The conveyor system is equipped with a dosing system which automatically mixes water and surfactant solution, has also a lubrication mechanism and drain pans. There is a spray nozzle at each chain. The belt drive is provided with speed controller. The bottle accumulation sensors installed on the conveyors ensure the automatic start and stop of the belts to prevent excessive and unnecessary wear of the chains. Conveyor speed is adjusted by a frequency inverter. Centralized lubrication system is available.