Air Knives blow away labelling problems for UK Microbrewery

The Problem

Faced with increasing demand – O’Hanlon’s Brewery needed to increase output. Production of the company’s beers, ales and stouts was not the issue but getting the product out of the door was. The inhibiting factor was O’Hanlon’s bottling/labelling operation. Condensation caused delays in the labelling because frequently filled bottles had to be left to dry before labels could be applied. This limited production to around 2,700 bottles per day.  Another issue arising from condensation and exacerbating time delays was double handling. Bottles once filled were sometimes removed from the filling/labelling line and then reintroduced when dry to proceed through the labelling machine.

Line Requirements:

Throughput Speeds: 2,700 per day
Glass Bottle sizes: 500ml

The Solution

Labelling problems have been eliminated following the installation of DRI-Line – RM Remote Blower system consisting of a pair of ACI Air Knives, and powered by a 7.5kW EP10A Compact Blower.


The Outcome

“ACI’s Air Knives do exactly what they say – they dry the bottles! They are easy to install, easy to operate and simple to maintain, which is important for a small brewery like ours with supermarkets and international outlets as customers.”

Liz O’Hanlon, Director, O’Hanlon’s Brewery

Solutions For Packaging & Labelling

Our range of bottle and can drying systems helps to ensure that today’s ground breaking labelling and packaging technology is not compromised by any surface water used in the packaging process.