Renowned for the quality of its stand-alone machines, Karmelle has been building bespoke liquidfilling, capping and labelling equipment for more than 30 years. Today, after investing in its workforce and manufacturing base, the UK-based company is able to develop complete and increasingly sophisticated liquid-packaging solutions for a range of clients.
Several years ago, Karmelle's directors, Brian Dickinson and Peter Krawczuk, decided to bring every stage of the manufacturing process in-house. A means of controlling quality, this move has also allowed the company to take on bigger and more complex orders, including a growing number of full lines. Recent projects include implementing a turnkey kefir bottling system and a complete gin-filling line.
Designed for one of the UK's top spirits brands, the latter comprises an automatic four-head filler, T-cork capping machine and a bespoke labeller. It fills 70cl glass bottles with gin, before capping them with a T-cork and applying a tamper-evident 'watch strap' label. Finally, it applies front and back labels to the filled and capped bottles, before collecting them on a rotary table.
Accuracy was a priority for the premium brand, and the line's bespoke labeller uses state-of-the-art technology to ensure that each label is properly aligned. Also capable of handling 20cl bottles, this hygienic system has enabled the gin company to increase its production rates and cut down on waste.
Every Karmelle filler, capper and labeller is built in-house, meaning that lines of this kind can be serviced entirely by the business's engineers. It's this unique, turnkey service that is helping the company to establish itself as a trusted supplier of complete liquid-packaging systems.
Dickinson, Krawczuk and other Karmelle team members will be showcasing a selection of machines - including a T-cork capper - at PPMA 2018 on 25- 27 September at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. Visit them at stand D46.