Loch Lomond line 5 – Life In Miniature…



    Loch Lomond Group has a family of old established distilleries:- Loch Lomond, Glen Scotia and Littlemill.  The Loch Lomond Group markets a portfolio of highest quality brands including: finest malt expressions; quality whisky blends; and the second most popular vodka brand in the UK, Glen’s vodka as well as  Ben Lomond Gin which includes flavoured infused gins such as   Blackberry & Gooseberry Gin and Raspberry & Elderflower Gin.

    Since 1814, the Loch Lomond Distillery has been producing the finest single malt whisky. Situated on the banks of Loch Lomond it takes its name from this most picturesque and famous of all Scotland’s lochs.

    Campbeltown was, reportedly, the ancient seat of the Scottish Parliament set up here by King Fergus in 503AD. Indeed the first site of the Scotia distillery in Parliament Street is said to be on the site from where the Stone of Destiny came, the stone on which all Scottish Monarchs were crowned. Founded in 1832 as Scotia, our distillery survived a decline in the industry in the early part of the 20th century.  The ‘Glen’ was added to the name in 1939 and Glen Scotia changed hands again

    With their own modern bottling plant Loch Lomond Group are able to control all; aspects of the production and packaging of their products.

    It was into this illustrious history that in 2004 Enterprise Tondelli first started supplying equipment to the bottling plant to enhance the performance. The latest installation in a long line of projects is the replacement of line 5 historically used for miniatures and small bottles


    The new line can handle miniatures, 100 ml, 200 ml and 350 ml in a variety of shapes and designs with either ROPP or “T” shaped corks all on the same line filling brown and white spirits along with flavoured gins. A special depalletising area allows the combining of both the miniatures arriving in trays along with the larger bottles on pallets. A pressure less combiner from Eurosistemi a wholly owned subsidiary of Enterprise ensures they are all single filed correctly and the new area now only requires one operator compared to the multiple operators required before for this task.

    The rotary blower/filler/capper is mounted on a  common base frame with star wheel transfer between the blower and filler for improved bottle handling. The gravity or low vacuum filler can handle all of the above formats with a very ease change over for the filling valves using a quick release button. The filer block base frame has a stainless steel  underframe for reduced maintenance and direct gearing between the filler and blower. The range of rotary spirit fillers from Enterprise start at just 20 bottles per minute to 600 bottles per minute with multiple closing turrets and valve solutions. A low level bulk closure hopper and elevator  was provided for operator safety and machine autonomy.

    The BRB Globus rotary self-adhesive labeller supplied by Enterprise Tondelli can handle all of the bottle range as above and has the facility for base notch spotting device for label orientation. The two station 9 platform labeller can also handle transparent labels as well.

    Full bottle conveyor and also the conveyor control system housed in a stainless steel panel and field wiring were part of the system integration supplied from Eurosistemi from Enterprise Tondelli to give a turn key project.

    Andrew Macpherson Technical Team Leader at the bottling plant said “I started with the company in 2001 and have seen Enterprise Tondelli give very consistent results over the years and especially for the project management aspect. These have included single machines to the complete high speed flask line. Or course we have used other contractors over the years but Enterprise Tondelli are among the very best”

    Craig Wilson Managing Director of Enterprise UK noted “that it has been a very long lasting relationship based on mutual understanding and appreciation of strengths. We look forwards to working with Loch Lomond for another 20 years”A selection of Loch Lomond products including some of the rarer ones along with miniatures of course can be bought on line from their shop:- https://www.lochlomondgroup.com

    Enterprise Tondelli have been supplying beverage bottling canning and packaging lines since 1977 and have worked in over 40 countries. They supply from single machines to complete turnkey factories for the beverage industry whether it be spirits, beer, carbonated soft drinks, water or dairy from 20 container per minute to 1200 containers per minute – and all sizes in between.

    Further case studies from returning customers and the Enterprise Tondelli full range of equipment and services can be found at www.enterprisetondelli.co.uk