Tsingtao beer bottle quality confirmed with IRIS inspection technology

China’s iconic Tsingtao beer has become popular throughout the world, its bottles’ easily recognizable logo displaying an image of Zhan Qiao, a famous pier on Quingdao’s southern shore in Shandong Province.

Local glassmaker, Shandong Jingyao is an established supplier of glass packaging to Tsingtao Brewing Co Ltd and has been the subject of significant investment in recent times to keep pace with growing demand. This has included the introduction of specialist camera-based inspection technology from IRIS Inspection machines to guarantee the quality of bottles supplied to the Tsingtao Brewery and other customers.

The glassmaker’s modernization and innovation strategy at its Linyi factory in Shandong Province has been co-ordinated by President and owner, Mr Tang Yong, who has been responsible for installing the first Narrow-Neck-Press-and-Blow (NNPB) production lines in China to make the Tsingtao beer bottles. These high speed 10-section Heye International IS machines are successfully operating with advanced cold end inspection equipment from Lyon-based IRIS Inspection machines. This includes Evolution 12 machines to perform sidewall and sidewall stress inspection, as well as IRIS Evolution 5 machines for base, base stress and finish inspection.

The Evolution inspection machines installed at Shandong Jingyao are evidence of IRIS Inspection machine’s commitment to help customers in their quest for improved production efficiencies.

A subsidiary of the Wisetec Group, IRIS Inspection machines was established to provide turnkey inspection solutions for mass-produced glass containers of any shape or colour, including wine, beer, liquor and Champagne bottles, pharmaceuticals and food containers. A team of dedicated Research and Development engineers has evolved a range of equipment to match the industry’s demanding requirements and satisfy the inspection needs of key international customers.

The company has based its development on a long-term partnership with glassmakers in the field of glass defects detection, as well as on an exceptional knowhow in the most innovative vision technologies. The success of IRIS is due not only to the exceptional efficiency of its Evolution machines range but also to the excellent support provided by engineers worldwide. Thanks to a network of international agents and technical support service centres, IRIS is able to support customers throughout Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa and Australia.

Further information about the turnkey glass container inspection solutions available from IRIS Inspection machines is available from www.iris-im.com.