Kingsland Wines have a rich history, with their site dating back to 1895. The first production of Wines & Spirits started in 1955. The company evolved into Kingsland and they were the first to use the Manchester shipping canal to transport wine. They have now expanded its first-class operations in Irlam, Manchester, to include a new canning production line capable of filling both still and sparkling wine and carbonated alcoholic mixers.
Ed Baker, MD at Kingsland Drinks, says: “Our investment in the canning line taps directly into consumer appetite for a trend we’re confident will continue to gain momentum in the years ahead. Our investment places us at the forefront of the canned wine segment with a new capability which further asserts our position as a destination drinks company offering a full category solution.”
The investment is the latest in a relentless pipeline of development for the company which has seen its infrastructure grow exponentially in recent years to create a world class production site in Irlam, Manchester.
Delivering Exponential Growth
The new canning line was supplied by Enterprise Tondelli who have been working with Kingsland Wines for over 15 years. Much of the secondary packaging machines at the Irlam site was supplied by Enterprise Tondelli with five Baumer packers being used. These machines can run both carton and tray with film allowing them to adapt to latest packaging trends.
An automatic high level compact can depalletiser was supplied by Enterprise in stainless steel for removing the cans from the tall stack pallets feeding to a gravity can air rinser. The can rinser has the capability for change parts so that future can sizes can be added. To give maximum flexibility on the line a rotary empty can labeller from BRB was installed which pressurises the empty cans during labelling to avoid deformation. This allows short runs to be handled quickly and easy without the need for large quantities of pre-printed cans adding to the versatility.
The can filler was manufactured by Matrix Srl in Italy who have experience of canning for over 30 years and the new can filler features flow meter filling for very accurate fill levels. Each filling valve has its own flow meter which can be individually, calibrated and adjusted. Fill volumes can be adjusted in real time. The phases of the filling valves are electro pneumatically controlled which means that they can be tailored for different products on the HMI. For a particularly lively product for example the snifting can be done in many short bursts to reduce fobbing. This also allows statistical data to be collected on every filling valve. It also eliminates overfills as if the filler stops with cans under the valve the filling cycle completes and the valve stops even though the filler is not rotating. A central filling bowl with a CIP spray ball means that product losses are reduced and hygiene is increased. Cleaning of the filler has a very high priority and the machine has a number of cleaning routines where all passages are cleaned in sequence and with varying flow rates to ensure the machine is ready for production. Enterprise have supplied a number of Matrix bottle and can fillers and the level of technology and service is second to none.
After seaming an on line level inspector rejector was fitted by Enterprise for quality verification. A Eurosistemi can drier prior to coding and Eurosistemi conveyors feeding to the packer complete the can line.
Mr.Nigel Smith, Head of Engineering Projects said “we have worked with Enterprise Tondelli for many years now on a wide variety of projects. Their broad worldwide experience in the beverage industry always adds to the success of the project coupled with the attention to detail by the project team.”
Enterprise Tondelli supply canning lines from 1,500 cans per hour up to 80,000 cans per hour; bottling and packaging lines from 600 bph to 72,000 bph – and all sizes in between – from single machine to complete turn key lines.
The new canning line is expected to see Kingsland Drinks continue to be a driving force for UK wine and alcoholic drinks sales via its significant and comprehensive presence across both the on-trade, and in major high street retailers including Co-op, Majestic, Waitrose, Morrisons, Tesco and M&S. The canning line investment is the latest in a pipeline of development for the company which has in the past five years alone installed a carbonation line, reinstated its onsite winery, introduced new high-speed bottling lines, expanded its NPD capabilities and upgraded its capacity to bottle spirits and package new and emerging formats.. for further details see www.kingsland-drinks.com