#Lavatec – beautician and hangover cure

We all know that sinking feeling: the morning after a fantastic party, don’t we? Not enough sleep, and rather too much hangover. But worse, much worse is in store: I was the host, and now it’s my turn to do battle with the monstrous horror awaiting me in the living-room. Severely undermotivated, I put the scattered beer bottles back in their crates, and I’m amazed at all the different stuff that ends up inside a bottle during the course of an evening: squashed crowns, chewing gum, confetti and cigarette-ends. I wonder whose job it is to actually get all the rubbish inside there out again.

Since I started working for Krones, I’ve stopped wondering. I’ve made the acquaintance of the true champion in getting-things-out-of-bottles: it’s called – #Lavatec.

Irrespective of whether they’ve been used as drinking game props, ashtrays or waste receptacles – even bottles don’t survive a party unscathed. When you simply stuff them back in the crate while you’re clearing up, they’ll be dirty and soiled. But it’s what happens then that makes me just a bit envious. As soon as the bottles are back in the beverage plant where they came from, they are rigorously beautified in the bottle washers of our Lavatec family.

The hangover cure for the bottle
While mere mortals like us need up to a day to erase the traces of the night, and to restore both ourselves and the apartment to something approaching normalcy, a Lavatec does its job in record time: every hour, it gets skilfully to grips with between 2,000 and 135,000 bottles, removing dirt and any stubborn label residues. This puts it a huge step ahead of us in terms of speed, hygiene and professionalism. And what’s best of all about it: thanks to its sophisticated system governing when and where it needs how much water, it not only economises on valuable resources, but cuts energy costs as well.

From coarse to fine
The principle involved is a simple one: dirty bottles in, sparklingly clean bottles out – but what exactly happens behind the scenes? Following the time-honoured maxim of “first the coarse stuff, then the fine work”, our washing specialist first warms up the bottles in the pre-cleaning zone, and removes glass fragments and coarse dirt. This is followed by several caustic baths designed to wash off all the dirt and labels. Before the bottles leave the machine, they are cooled down with a small quantity of fresh water, and the final residues of dirt and caustic removed.

Single v. double-end principle
Thanks to its modularised design concept, the Lavatec has no trouble in being customised to suit the: particular spatial constraints and degree of bottle soiling involved.

  • If saving space is a major consideration, then our compactly dimensioned single-end bottle washers are the best choice. The clean bottles re-emerge at the same end where the dirty ones are fed in, and the machine can be placed anywhere you want.
  • The double-end principle is the right choice when soiled and clean bottles are to be topographically separated: container infeed and discharge are at opposite ends, thus ensuring optimally hygienic conditions.

Precisely because it not only gets the bottles nice and gleaming, but also scores with the lustre of ultra-pure stainless steel itself, the Lavatec forms part of our #GermanBlingBling advertising campaign.

And by the way …
Exactly 20 years ago, in 1997, the first machine of this type was built for the Radegast Brewery in Czechia – this No. 1 is still up and running today. The design’s sturdy construction and long-lived durability have made it so popular that recently an order was placed for the 500th Krones double-end bottle washer. That’s what I call a reason to celebrate again. 😊