Pearson Packaging Systems of Spokane, WA, USA recently installed a bottle packaging line for USA's Fort Collins Brewery. Specialising in custom secondary packaging solutions, Pearson supplied a 'Box Shop' solution including a basket erector, multi-packer and case erector for the brewery.
The Fort Collins Brewery is a craft brewer producing a full line of hand crafted beers. They recently upgraded their facility with a range of machinery including Pearson Packaging equipment to keep up with demand.
Pearson’s BE60 basket erector is capable of erecting four, six and eight pack baskets at a speed of up to 60 baskets per minute. Selected from a magazine, the flat baskets are opened, locked into place and then passed to the Pearson MP35 adjustable multi-packer that loads them into the empty RSCs (regular slotted cases) at speeds of up to 30 cases per minute. The MP35 can be configured for in-line or cross-flow feed of baskets into cases.
Erected cases are supplied to the MP35 by a Pearson CE25 case erector that erects the RSCs and bottom seals them with pressure sensitive tape or hot-melt adhesive.
Prior to the installation of the Pearson equipment, this process was being handled manually, which involved several hours of work before they could start operation. Founder of Fort Collins Brewery, Tom Peters says that they have been able to increase their output by about 20% since the installation; the machines are also future-ready as they are capable of running at double the speed.
Pearson Packaging is represented in Oceania by HBM Packaging & Plastics Technologies .