• ACI CB-B Craft bottle drying system
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ACI CB-B Craft bottle drying system

The DRI-Line Series range of air knife drying systems are primarily focused on removing surface moisture in the packaging process to help improve the quality of date coding and labelling processes, and are produced by ACI (Air Control Industrustries), who have been engineering systems for the packaging industry for over 50 years. They are typically installed in-line to the outfeed of automatic filling systems which may have integral an external rinse function, but don't have drier functionality.

The benefits of the DRI-Line Series include:

  • Helping to increase the speed of processing and packaging output
  • Eliminating the smearing of labels and date codes
  • Preventing the misapplication of tamper-proof labels or bands
  • Helps remove threat of stress corrosion
  • Compared to compared air nozzle systems, the DRI-Line Series offers the following reductions: energy consumption; noise levels; maintenance - see Application

The CB-B Craft Bottle Drying System is specifically designed to surface dry glass and PET bottles for date coding, labelling or packaging. Using a small centrifugal blower, ACI’s ‘CB-B’ system is suitable for line speeds less than 10,000 bottles per hour. The system is designed to be easily operated and maintained.

  • Speeds lower than 10,000 bottles per hour
  • Capable of drying all bottle sizes, providing a minimal water removal of 96% [(*)figure attained after rigorous product testing at ACI’s test facility in Axminster]
  • 24 month ACI warranty

These machines can be linked in-line to bottling lines, date coders and labelling machines

Installed & commissionined by our Engineers.

Please call us on 01404 892100 to discuss these machines.


Please see the Drying Systems category in Catalogue for our full range of drying machines.

Please see Bottle fillers and Labelling machines for our full range of fillers & labelling equipment.

[Did you know that our sister company, Rawlings, supplies bottles? See Glass Packaging]


The DRI-Line Series can be used for the following applications:

  • After filling, washing or rinsing
  • Prior to ink jet coding
  • Prior to packaging
  • Prior to labelling

Compared to compressed air nozzle systems, the DRI-Line blower-driven series:

  • Reduces high energy consumption - operation running costs reduced by as much as 90% - blower driven air from an advanced ACI air knife uses far less energy because it produces higher volumes of low-pressure air (clean, safe air) - by comparison, compressed air energy costs are very high; by switching from compressed air to blower-driven air payback can be achieved in as little as a few months
  • Reduce high noise levels - lower air pressures reduce the expansion ratio and turbulence of the air produced
  • Is cleaner - blower-driven air is both dry and oil-free; no expensive additional air filtration is required

The CB-B is suitable for standard shaped cylindrical glass & PET bottles of most bottle sizes; for non-standard bottle shapes, please discuss this with us.


  • 2 Stainless Steel AKSM08 air knives 600mm long, mounted to the sides of the conveyor to dry the main body of the bottles, with additional ‘locline’ flexible nozzles to dry targeted areas such as the crown cap and neck areas.
  • ACI/EV APE711 (7.5kW) centrifugal blower with a running current of 8.2A, a motor FLC of 14A, and provides an overall system pressure of 35inwg
  • Noise levels are 88 dB(A)*
  • Blower: three phase

(*) An additional acoustic enclosure is available for the blower.

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