Alfa Laval, Inc., Richmond, Va., launched a new range of bag-in-box fillers.
In the compact Astepo High Speed Low Acid bag-in-box filler (HS-LA), filling cycles are shortened by the use of electric servo motors that control the aseptic filling head and bag feeder. Bags and fitment tooling can be changed quickly and easily, and the machine can fill a wide range of bags and products using any commercial 1-inch spout type.
The Alfa Laval Astepo HS-LA linear bag-in-box filler is suitable for high acid (pH <4.5) and low acid products (pH >4.5), such as juices, beverages, concentrated juices, purées and dairy products like soft ice mix and flavored UHT milk. Specially developed for the sterile filling of aseptic bags, from ½ to 6 gallons, the filler gives a continuous filling process with a high level of reliability. Plus, it can fill up to 500 bags per hour, based on 10-liter bags.
The filling valve has EHDGE certification and the machine is FDA compliant (USA). The filling head and all food contact surfaces are sterilized by steam, and the machine is fully clean-in-place. The caps are sterilized in the sterilizing tunnel with a monitored jet of vaporized hydrogen peroxide before being introduced into the filling head. All moving parts are protected by monitored steam barriers, and the aseptic filling head is maintained sterile at a controlled temperature by overpressure of air. The Astepo HS-LA filler is managed by a PLC with an operator interface terminal and touchscreen. It is also equipped with autodiagnostics for product traceability and a fail-safe system for continuous control of the sterile conditions of the plant.
Alfa Laval, Inc.