Image Is Important, but so is Safety and Productivity
By: Cheryl Gray
While attractive packaging can draw new business for craft brewers, protecting what’s inside that packaging can make or break the bottom line. The same detailed attention is required to move products to store shelves swiftly. Fortunately, there are companies with specializations in each of these production areas.
Among them is Industrial Physics, a test and inspection company considered to be a global leader in its field. Industrial Physics operates across a wide range of testing brands, each cornering a specialty. Those brands include CMC-KUHNKE, Steinfurth, Quality By Vision, Eagle Vision and TQC Sheen. Although it offers its customers multiple options, the company has a singular purpose: to guard the integrity of brands and products for manufacturers, production lines and laboratories across multiple industries worldwide.
Steve Davis is the global product line director at Industrial Physics. He leads a team of experts who ensure that the company’s equipment protects the integrity of its customers’ metal packaging. Davis brings more than 20 years of engineering experience, with particular expertise in designing and developing metal packaging testing systems. He describes how Industrial Physics provides practical solutions for breweries large and small.
“From seam inspection to label inspection, leak detection, code reading and abrasion testing, we’re here to protect the integrity of our customer’s beverage product.”
Industrial Physics offers 40 testing applications and 2,500 products for a vast array of manufacturers, including breweries. Davis explains how the company leverages industry leadership to benefit its brewery clients:
“The power and versatility of Industrial Physics allow us to support a broad range of breweries all over the world. And that really sets us apart from any other test and inspection provider. No matter the size of your brewery or the type of test you need to conduct, we can support you.
The equipment allows organizations to test across a multitude of applications. Whether that’s ensuring that a can containing a fizzy drink won’t leak or that a cardboard box is strong enough to survive the turbulence of transit, the solutions are extremely diverse. We have a wealth of solutions available for the beverage space. From bottles to cans and kegs, we support beverage manufacturers of all sizes.
But we don’t just provide equipment. At Industrial Physics, we’re equipped with some of the world’s finest minds within the world of beverage packaging and metal packaging. With an unrivaled portfolio of products that span so many specialties, we speak with our customers to ensure they’re discovering a solution that is suitable for their unique needs. With our equipment, we can help customers take their production and testing to the next level by investing in an instrument that will allow them to enhance their current setup and ultimately grow their offering by reducing waste and costs significantly.
We also offer service solutions for our instruments, supporting customers with installation, calibration, preventative maintenance and repairs. No matter where you are in the world, we have local experts on the ground who can support your needs to ensure your instruments are operating efficiently.”
One of the Industrial Physics brands is CMC KUHNKE. Davis describes its versatile options, all designed to save time and money:
“Whether you’re a small brewery needing a compact and cost-effective solution like our useful CMC-KUHNKE seam saw, or a global giant within the world of beer looking for a more advanced, automated solution such as our CMC-KUHNKE Auto XTS, we can help you with this and everything in between!”
Safeguarding the integrity of brewery products requires thought in every step of production. When it comes to keeping production lines moving swiftly and efficiently, Custom Conveyor Concepts promises to meet the needs of virtually any brewery. Matthew Gill, a co-founder of the company, has been in the packaging industry for some 40 years, working various floor positions before moving into management, sales and consulting. Gill explains how Custom Conveyor Concepts evolved:
“In terms of the number of years in business, we are relatively new, as we were founded in 2015. However, Custom Conveyor Concepts (CCC) was formed after having been producing conveyors for more than 10 years for Exchange Team Advantage (ETA) and their customers. ETA was founded in 2005 as a used equipment supplier and OEM rep for virtually all aspects of liquid and powder packaging – depalletizing/unscrambling, filling, capping, labeling, coding, case packing and palletizing – literally, start-to-finish, turn-key applications. In doing so, we were requested to provide the connecting, often challenging, conveyor. After years of producing it for specific applications, the decision was made to make it available as its own commodity, and Custom Conveyor Concepts was born.”
Gill emphasizes that his company’s products are designed to solve problems confronting breweries, whether accommodating tight spaces or tight deadlines.
“We provide solutions. Whether it is space limitations, the need to expedite size changes or how to increase output, the only essentials required are your needs. Tell us what you want to do, and we will work with you to make it happen. We have worked with many startup companies, as well as very large, universally recognizable companies, and helped them grow. Our conveyors are versatile and expandable, as you can easily add, remove or re-route them. We only offer stainless steel, and our conveyors are constructed out of 11 ga., providing solid, durable equipment that will stand up to the harsh cleaning chemicals and offer ease in cleaning.”
Gill adds that Custom Conveyor Concepts understands how to help breweries maximize their equipment investment while, at the same time, staying within budget.
“We have worked with 600 cpm breweries down to 3 hd. fillers and manual crowners, when bottles were more prevalent. Our defining quality, in addition to the quality product we provide, is the attention we give to our customers and helping them achieve their needs, often providing options to help them stay within or define their budgets. We provide specialty equipment and service at ‘regular’ pricing. We don’t charge extra for non-stock items or detailed line layouts for placing the equipment.
Our entire team’s product knowledge and industry experience are irreplaceable for providing application solutions. We do where others say it can’t be done. Many of our competitors don’t want to be bothered with small, low-dollar projects or small projects that require you to seek a solution. We excel at those.”
Among the most popular products from Custom Conveyor Concepts are its serpentine conveyor and accumulation tables. Gill explains that while space is at a premium in most production facilities, it is more so in smaller operations. These two items, he says, offer ready solutions.
“Utilizing a serpentine conveyor can convert the space a 5-foot conveyor consumes into 15 feet. The ability to make a roll change on a labeler without shutting off the filler makes the ROI for inline accumulation tables worth every penny.”
Creating the bottling for breweries worldwide is the role of BPS Glass, a company based in Panama City, Panama, with its U.S. office in Atlanta, Georgia. As a family-owned business that began some 60 years ago, BPS Glass now boasts a reputation as one of the leading suppliers in the glass packaging industry. At its core is an emphasis on investing time, resources and effort in training its team members to create viable, innovative solutions for clients. Isidoro Cherem, a spokesperson for BPS Glass, says that the company works with breweries and distilleries that range from small craft operations to large commercial facilities. Cherem adds that dedication to optimal customer service sets the company apart from its competitors.
“Thanks to our amazing team of experts and our commitment to excellence and creating long lasting relationships with our customers, we have grown to be the largest packaging supplier in the South and Central American region. We are constantly working towards expanding into the USA, and we are sure that we can replicate our success in the North American region.”
BPS Glass offers more than 150 types of glass bottles for multiple industries, along with custom bottle designs. It also promotes services that include client-specific packaging and assistance with logistics to ensure timely, secure delivery of orders at the most cost-effective rates.
Label design is another service BPS Glass provides its clients, with a focus on label colors and shapes, materials, textures and other aesthetic components. The company adds that it equips its clients with real-time marketing analysis, keeping an eye on marketing trends to help clients choose the right bottle, label and packaging for a product.
Multiple choices in bottle closures are also on the company’s product roster. It points to its decades of knowledge in the chemical processes, physical considerations and industry safety standards to help clients safely package a product for consumers.
Whether using cans or bottles, breweries must factor in how best to protect the integrity of their product, both in terms of taste and safety of consumption. In addition, the efficiency of a production line depends upon investment in the right equipment that can move products swiftly and safely to store shelves. These considerations require the expertise of companies that know how to help breweries achieve these goals on time and within budget.