Wine-Corking Machines Key Terms
Learn the terms associated with wine-corking equipmentThousands of years ago the ancient Egyptians first used a cork as a stopper in a bottle. Their bottles were likely hand corked. Today there are many different ways to cork a bottle, and corks are most often used to seal in the flavor and aroma of a good bottle of wine. Wine-corking machines come in a variety of sizes. Some are manual, semi-automatic or automatic, but they all serve the same purpose. Before you purchase a wine-corking machine for your business it is important to understand the key vocabulary terms that are associated with these machines.
Bench corkerA bench corker is another type of wine-corking machine and is mounted to a flat surface for use. Bench corkers are also a type of manual corking machine.
Floor corkerFloor corkers are large commercial-sized machines. They work semi-automatically with the combined use of muscle pressure and levers to compress and insert a cork.
Electric corkerThe electric corker is an alternative type of wine-corking machine. It offers automatic features and quick-corking capabilities. It can use both synthetic and natural corks.
HopperA hopper is part of a wine-corking machine. It's the section of the machine that holds the corks prior to insertion in the bottle. It is important that the hopper is kept clean at all times, and you know which type of corks to use in a specific machine.
Screw-cap machineScrew caps used to be associated with a cheap bottle of wine, but they are slowly becoming popular in the high-quality end of the industry as well. Screw-cap machines are similar to wine-corking machines, and they have the same function. Instead of inserting a cork these machines place a cap on a bottle of wine. These caps are similar to the tops that are found on soda bottles. They are quick and easy to use, and they are an alternative to corking.
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