The latest fillers offer extended shelf life and other upgraded features
FASTER HALF-GALLON FILLER
Evergreen Packaging’s new EH-210 fills cartons at speeds up to 12,600 cartons per hour. This makes it the fastest half-gallon gable-top filler in the world, according to Evergreen Packaging. Its extended long-life (ELL) filling technology helps maximize the shelf life of low- and high-acid beverages such as milk, plant-based drinks, specialty dairy products, juice and still beverages. The servo-driven machine has ELL features, including a controlled environment, a carton decontamination system, automatic sanitization and hygienic filling. An optional Spout-Pak system is available for consumer convenience and resealability. For more comfort in loading cartons, an optional ergonomic infeed is also available.
TECHNOLOGY FOR SENSITIVE ENVIRONMENTS
GEA Group said it can manufacture, transport and store packaged liquid dairy products in an uncontrolled environment. For these situations, GEA designed a peracetic acid-based (PAA) technology that adapts flexibly to manage decontamination performance. GEA’s ECOSpin2 provides reliable bottle and cap sterilization with minimal chemical residual by combining PAA treatment with a strong mechanical action that takes place when the bottles are upside down. This method ensures that neither product sterilization nor container sterilization is compromised, even under challenging environmental conditions.
MULTIPURPOSE SYSTEM FOR FLUIDS
ProMach Filling Systems introduced the Federal S-Series extended shelf series quad-bloc for sterilizing, rinsing, filling and capping single-serve fluid dairy and juice products. It features a full HEPA enclosure, dual-rinsing turrets, a 3-A Federal level filler and a Zalkin pick-and-place capping system. The system also features a servo-driven Accu-cycloidal drive train for vibration- and maintenance-free operation. Additional features include a pulsed light cap sanitation system, a complete filling bowl exterior and deck-sanitizing spray system, and an automated rapid-drain pan and clean-in-place system, the company said.
EXTENDED SHELF LIFE FILLER
Fogg Filler said it has been perfecting its dairy fillers for over 60 years. Its dairy Tri-Line valves work to ensure a precise fill every time. The two-tier guarding and HEPA filtration guarantee that dairy products are filled in the cleanest possible environment, and the automated cleaning features allow for fast clean-in-place (CIP) times to keep productions running. The automated trough system allows for quick flavor changes and aids in the CIP process. According to Fogg Filler, these features add up to the longest extended-shelf-life dairy products.
Krones Inc.’s Contipure AspetBloc DN ensures every production step, whether it’s blow-molding, filling or capping, is safely included in an aseptic-processing chain. Utilizing just one sterilizing medium — gaseous hydrogen peroxide — the machine sterilizes the entire preform surface at once and is ideal for low-acid products such as dairy, Krones said. The AseptBloc DN meets the FDA criteria for filling low-acid products; it is able to produce up to 55,200 polyethylene terephthalate containers per hour. Built with quality and efficiency in mind, the AseptBloc DN features a fully automatic changeover system and can run for 168 hours nonstop with only 2.5 hours of downtime, greatly improving operational efficiency and operator safety.
SELF-CONTAINED CLEAN ROOM
Packaging Technologies & Inspection’s (PTI) Waldner brand has a line of fully enclosed Ultra Bio-clean Dosomat machines, which sterilize the cup and lidding materials for cold-filling and heat-sealing of extended-shelf-life (ESL) dairy products. The packaging material buffer systems make the Dosomat systems highly efficient and effective solutions for ESL dairy manufacturers, PTI said. Other features include a special sterile air tunnel for protecting and maintaining cup sterilization during the entire filling and sealing process, direct loading to end-of-line packing systems, and complete wash-down with construction to 3-A dairy specifications. The combination of a clean air cabinet with the specified filter classes and packaging sterilization adds up to a self-contained cleanroom, which is particularly suitable for dairy processing.
PAPERBOARD CARTON FILLER
Nimco Corp. said it offers many different efficient and economical machine models to fill an array of liquid or dry products into paperboard cartons, with fill volumes of 4 ounces through 5 liters at speeds ranging from four to 125 cartons per minute. The Nimco machines are constructed on stainless steel frames and all-mechanical drive systems to ensure operating reliability and reduced operating costs.
Coperion said its K-Tron’s modular Loss-in-Weight feeders are for ideal for high-accuracy feeding of a variety of inclusion materials such as nuts, chocolate chips and marshmallow pieces direct to the ice cream base mix pump line. The superior accuracy and repeatability of these feeders ensure high ingredient cost control and reduction of ingredient waste, with optimized product quality. The twin- and single-screw feeders with interchangeable feeding tools are available mounted on a weigh platform or suspended from Coperion K-Tron’s patented load cells. All parts in contact with the material being fed are stainless steel and easy to clean and disassemble. Specialty frames and designs are available to allow complete portability, with options in feed hoppers for inclusion delivery via boxes, bags or buckets.
ENHANCED YIELD FILLER
Osgood, a part of Bosch Packaging, said it designed its S-series machine for mid- to high-level food companies, which need filling and sealing machines that offer high food safety standards, high output and quality that lasts. The all servo inline machine features recently upgraded technologies that enhance product yield and provide improved operator access and functionality. From the “servo-style” base and solid frame components up, the S-series machine sheds liquid and eliminates places for contaminants to hide.