Wine bottling process
An acoustic micro-controlled level detection system guarantees 100%
of the checked bottles to be corked in a reliable way
|Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
UCME - Union des Caves des Maures et de l'Esterel - Caves de
Provence was founded in 1975. It is a 41 employee, 45700 K Euros turnover
company dedicated to wine bottling in Southern France. More specifically,
UCME produces each year 14 million bottles of wine, exporting 10% of the
production. UCME is now working under agrofood quality rules : it wants
to apply for HACCP normalisation, which in turn means real time defect
analysis of the filling process, required by many of the wine distributors
In the filling process, one of the key issue is to make sure in real time
that each bottle is filled properly, i.e. within the regulations set forth
by the French national authorities. Today, there are at least 30 types
of bottles processed each year : thus the filling quality is checked by
sampling, which is inaccurate and costly uncorking bottle and filling
adjustment when detected at the filling plant, end user rejection when
detected outside the filling plant.
The purpose of the Application Experiment has been to design, to test
and to integrate a prototype filling level detection system using ultrasonic
waves. This innovative system allows to detect filling defects within
an accuracy compatible with market demand and for all the bottles currently
in use at the bottling facility. The sensing unit is connected to the
conveyor/sorter system which allows 100% of the checked bottles to be
corked in a reliable way.
The duration of the AE was 8 months, with a cost of 58 K Euros (55 K Euros
Fuse fundings + 3 K Euros on UCME).
The pay back period is about 22 months. The return on investment to develop
the new solution prototype is anticipated around 687%
Including a budget for industrialisation and implementation of the 5 industrial
units, the ROI of the overall project will be near 630%
This AE allowed to develop an innovative filling control system whose
replication will be undertaken by the UCME subcontractor under a sales
agreement to be signed in 2000.
UCME will use the above solution on its 5 wine bottle filling lines, in
order to meet its strategic growth targets over the next 5 years : this
AE demonstrated that ultrasound should provide a reliable, low cost solution
for filling control level in bottling factories when using data processing
and the knowledge/experience of filling line operators .
UNION DES COOPERATIVES DES MAURES ET DE L'ESTEREL (UCME)
LES CAVES DE PROVENCE
Route de Taradeau, BP 42
83 460 LES ARCS SUR ARGENS
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