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Why a packaging machine is important
In the field of microbreweries and craft breweries, when the choice of the beer equipment comes, the importance of the packaging system is often underestimated. Many businesses, in fact, rely on non-professional equipment or choose to pack their beer elsewhere, renouncing to an investment that could be extremely convenient over time.
Which are the reasons that suggest including a packaging system among your beer equipment?
The first reason to choose a professional packaging system is hygiene: using non-professional tools could end up in the contamination of the beer you are brewing. But it is not only a matter of hygiene: external agents in the beer could considerably spoil the authentic and original taste of the product, reducing dramatically the quality of your beer. However, the most important matter here is safety: as for all the other beer equipment, a home-arranged packaging system could fill your beer with agents dangerous for human health.
The biggest quality of a professional packaging system is speed: including it among your beer equipment will considerably speed up your production, giving you filled and capped bottles, cans or kegs with minimum effort and in no time.
Convenience is a key element when you rely on an external beer-packaging supplier to pack your beer into bottles or cans. In fact, have you ever considered the time and money spent to move the beer from your brewery to the supplier? This is extremely inconvenient even if you produce small quantities of beer. In that case, of course, you can not afford a professional packaging system of your own; but, as soon as your production rises up to the point where you consider to sell your beer outside your brewery, buying a personal packaging equipment is a wise choice, and you should include a professional plant or machine among your beer equipment.
Control is essential as far as any kind of beer equipment is concerned. The packaging machinery is not an exception: having a professional machine lets you control every step of the packaging, from the cleaning to the filling, up to the capping of bottles or cans. Control is important when you want to prevent any waste of beer, any risk of contamination, any problem during the operation, that could potentially spoil months of work. Choose wisely only the beer equipment that you can check at will.
Having your own professional packaging system grants you a wide range of customization possibilities. Thanks to that, you can design your favorite beer packaging and start selling branded bottles or cans of your craft-made beer. Everybody knows that image is extremely important in marketing, as you will be known and recognized through that.
Comac has been producing beer packaging machines for over twenty years, providing its machines to small and big customers all over the world. Our plants are included in the beer equipment of important brands such as Coca Cola and Heineken, but can also fit the production needs of small breweries and microbreweries.
Comac’s beer equipment
Comac is one of the leading international companies in the production of machines and facilities for beer bottling. If you need to integrate the beer equipment with a packaging machine, we can offer you cutting edge solutions for bottling, canning and barrel packaging. Let’s take a look:
Equipment for beer bottling
Drinks can be bottled in glass or PET bottles. As far as beer packaging is concerned, it is very unusual to choose PET bottles, as a long series of reasons make glass bottles advisable. Choose glass for your packaging if you want to communicate a high quality of the beer, since this is the material traditionally used for beer bottles. Glass is hygienic, aesthetically pleasing and natural. It is almost an obligation if you own a craft brewery and want to offer a craftsman look that respects a long tradition.
Comac offers a wide range of automatic solutions for beer bottling:
- Bottling machines up to 4.000 bottles per hour, ideal for craft breweries and small industries
- Bottling machines from 4.000 to 12.000 bottles per hour, for medium sized breweries
- Bottling machines of more than 12.000 bottles per hour, designed for large industries
The disadvantages of bottle beer packaging include the weight of the glass, the cost of the glass and the increasing difficulty in transporting the bottles, as more storage space is needed than with other containers.
Equipment for beer canning
Canning is a very common solution in beer packaging. Many large industries in the brewery sector have chosen canning to pack beer, sometimes alongside bottling. The cans do not have the same traditional aura as the bottles, but on the other hand, they offer a more innovative, modern and easy image: a perfect choice if you want to pack a beer for a young audience.
Comac canning machines include solutions for different industries:
- Canning machines of up to 4.000 cans per hour, for small and craft breweries
- Canning machines from 4.000 to 25.000 bottles per hour, for medium sized breweries
- Canning machines to process more than 25.000 cans per hour, for large industries
Cans are cheaper than glass bottles, but less resistant to bumps and dents. They occupy less storage and transport space, and involve significant savings in all areas of logistics.
Equipment for packaging in beer kegs
Keg packaging is the least common beer packaging process on the B2C market, but the most commonly used when a brewery wishes to sell its beer to another industry or business in significant quantities. The reasons are known and depend on the need to save space and time in large scale packaging and transport. Keg packaging is much faster than bottling and canning; it is also cheaper because, for example, a single barrel should be sterilized instead of many bottles, using a machine for proper keg washing.
Discover Comac solutions for beer keg packaging:
- Semiautomatic installations up to 40 barrels per hour, ideal for small breweries
- Automatic installations 40 to 200 barrels per hour for medium sized breweries
- Automatic installations for more than 200 barrels per hour, designed for large industries