Rothaus Brewery, a famous traditional brewer located high in Germany’s Black Forest, recently invested in two major projects: a new refillable glass bottle sortation system and a new glass bottle filling line. Gebo Cermex was largely responsible for the bottle sortation system, while KHS provided the 132-nozzle filler that anchors the new filling line. On both projects, maximum uptime and increased reliability were made possible thanks to the line engineering and conveying expertise of Gebo Cermex. Working closely with Rothaus engineers, Gebo Cermex was responsible for integrating 30 different machines from more than a dozen different suppliers. Gebo Cermex also installed stainless-steel-belt bottle conveyors and stainless-steel-belt crate conveyors that are essential to all of the depalletizing, un-crating, combining, accumulating, laning, sorting, re-crating, and re-palletizing that goes on. A little background on the German beer market helps make clear how important the new sortation technology was. Returnable glass bottles are still by far the dominant package format for beer in Germany. Once upon a time, brewers relied on a small number of standardized bottle styles, wh...