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Can and bottle drying ‘a la Turca’

01 April 2010

Consistent and accurate labelling were among the chief drivers for a new can and bottle drying system installed at the Turk Tuborg plant in Izmir, Turkey. The drying systems, supplied by Air Control Industries (ACI) through its Turkish distributor, were installed as retrofit units to replace compressed air jets and heated tunnels, and are reported to be achieving significant savings whilst also helping to avoid the problem of label slippage resulting from inefficiently dried bottles.

Five ACI drying systems are installed, three of which are fully enclosed. Two of the fully enclosed units are installed on canning lines and incorporate ACI’s purpose-engineered ‘CanTunnels’ with Airknives, whilst the third is employed for bottle drying and is equipped with ACI’s ‘JetPlate’ system plus a pair of Airknives. The open units are EL (blower at Eye Level) packages and are CanTunnel systems.

The CanTunnel systems are installed in pairs with dryers located before and after can ‘twisters’ which invert the cans so that both top and bottom are dried. Throughput for each of the two parallel lines is 40,000 units per hour (either 33 or 50cl size cans). Meanwhile, The bottle drying line has a capacity of 60,000 units per hour and the ACI dryer must cope with up to 14 different shapes/sizes of bottle, drying neck, cap and bottle in a single pass.

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