Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Jägermeister packaging plant trusts dynamic weighing technology

July 23, 2009
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Jägermeister has, behind its modern image, a very long and traditional history. The company Mast-Jägermeister AG has been producing its signature alcoholic beverage since 1935, and it is enjoyed in more than 80 countries around the world.

The drink is made from a total of 56 herbs, blos soms and roots and has always been produced and bottled in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. More recently, Mast-Jägermeister AG opened production sites in Kamenz, and Wittmar, near Wolfen­büttel. The company says that its continuously rising sales figures prove that Jägermeister is a market success with more than 81 million bottles being filled in 2007 alone.

Quality is one of the key factors to the brand’s success. “Quality assurance is an extremely important subject in the Jägermeister production,” explains Jens Rießen, head of the Kamenz plant. “Due to our strong brand reputation, we are committed to making sure that our customers will always get the very best quality.” At the Kamenz site in Saxony, over 20 million litres of Jägermeister is bottled per year – and since this modern facility commenced production, the company has been relying on checkweighers from Mettler Toledo Garvens.

Mettler Toledo Garvens supplied the “dynamic” weighing technology for “completeness” checking in the end-of-line packaging process where the weight of cartons filled with either “1 litre” or “0.04 litre” bottles is verified. This ensures that incomplete cartons or those containing bottles with too little content are detected and rejected, preventing them from leaving the factory. Moreover, the weight check ensures that damaged bottles with leaks are immediately detected.

Garvens checkweighers can be integrated in near to every production line as their design can be easily adapted to the given technical requirements of any production line. An example of this is where two weighing terminals of two separate E Series checkweighers, integrated into different production lines, were installed side by side, allowing for easy operation of both checkweighers from one position. This solution, according to the company, was appreciated by the staff operating the Jägermeister production lines.

An XE3 checkweigher weighing 60 cartons per minute is also in use. In this application, the XE3 can weigh products up to 6,000 grams with an accuracy within one gram. The XE3 automatically rejects underweight cartons by means of a pusher, enabling the line staff to check the carton and replace bottles where necessary. This method ensures that only full bottles reach the end consumers.


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