Fullsteam Brewery based in Durham, NC is growing and it needed a new labeler system to apply a single wrap label or front-and-back labels on various sizes of glass beer bottles.
By Oliver Arian
Fullsteam is a production brewery and tavern inspired by the food and farm traditions of the South. They brew traditional and experimental beers with a Southern sensibility, often incorporating local farmed goods, heirloom grains, and seasonal botanicals.
After evaluating the different labeling systems available and asking references across the craft beer community, Fullsteam decided to buy the ECO Wrap Labeler from Aesus Packaging Systems. Among the different configurations possible, they selected a model including a vacuum wrap belt configured to apply a single label or two labels on glass bottles or cans.
Owner Sean Lilly Wilson says: ‘’We were looking for an operator-friendly labeler, offering versatility for bottle and label sizes and decent production speed without breaking the bank’’. The Aesus ECO Wrap Labeler is adjustable for different diameters of of bottles, from 12oz (or smaller) to growlers if needed. With proper option package, it can also orientate the position of the label with a handle or other mark on the bottle. The labeler can easilty exceed speeds of 60 12oz beer bottles per minute, with a single label or front-and-back labels.
The beer bottle labeler also includes a rotary infeed table to load dozens of unlabeled bottles and an accumulation shelf to collect the labeled bottles and transfer them to the Meheen Bottle Filler. Aesus Regional Sales Manager JF Biron says: ‘’When it comes to labeling beer bottles, the ECO Wrap is certainly one of our most popular model, and the strenght of Aesus is the level of customization that we can offer. Fullsteam needed a stand-alone system to load empty bottles, apply labels and collect labeled bottles, but the labeler could also be integrated in a fully automatic line’’.
The future looks bright for Fullsteam Brewery which is expanding its facility and has made its first foray into canned beer with its ginger-flavored pale ale named Cackalacky. ’’The roll-out of the canned beer is a step toward appealing to a broader market with more consumer-friendly packaging’’ said Wilson.
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