New Fillers & Depositors
SERVO MOTOR-DRIVEN PUMP FILLERS
Hinds-Bock servo motor-driven pump fillers accurately fill products such as gravies and sauces on prepared fish, meat and chicken to create up to 330 value-added entrées per minute. Also ideal for meals such as macaroni and cheese, noodle casseroles, mash potatoes and desserts, these servo fillers feature faster speeds, smaller footprint, higher degree of accuracy, faster cleanup and consume considerably less compressed air. A modern control system links the servo fillers via Ethernet to the plant’s control system.
SINGLE PISTON CAKE BATTER DEPOSITOR
Unifiller’s cake batter depositor is ideal for high-speed accurate portioning of all kinds of batters, including cakes, cupcakes, muffins, cheesecakes and brownies into various baking pans and trays. Able to portion up to 140 cycles a minute, it’s user-friendly, tool-free design ensures easy installation and use. Built with adjustable working height and few parts to maintain, the depositor allows for rapid sanitation and quick changeover.
SPECIAL PRESSURE, LEVEL-FILL SYSTEM
Pacific Packaging Machinery released a 32-station level filling system and a 12-station rotary capping turret monobloc machine, designed to fill beverages and juices at speeds up to 300 containers per minute. Equipped with a special pressure/level-fill system and rotary chuck-style capper with monobloc arrangement, this machine is built to support three shifts at seven days per week operation. The machine includes Allen Bradley MicroLogix PLC with Ethernet communication and a color touchscreen that offers greater filling accuracy, ease of use and reduced maintenance. Furthermore, the machine’s conventional quick-change, tool-less container handling parts are incorporated to reduce changeover to less than 10 minutes.
Pacific Packaging Machinery, Inc.
FILLING SYSTEM FOR FRESH PRODUCE
BBC Technologies unveiled its new CURO-16 filling system, which packs up to 240 clamshells per minute. Designed for the fresh produce sector, this 16-head fill-by-weight machine offers speed, accuracy, gentle handling and a simple and intuitive user interface.
FILLER FOR TRAYS, MULTI-POCKET CONTAINERS
Continuously deposit product from an Ishida multi-head weigher into multiple filling positions on an intermittent motion packaging line using the Product Transfer Shuttle from Heat and Control. Single or multiple funnels automatically align with and deposit product into single or multi-pocket containers without spills. “No tray/no fill” sensors ensure that product is discharged only when a container is in position. Features include a servo motor, stepper motor or pneumatic drives along with change parts for additional pocket sizes and configurations. It’s available for one or two lane conveyors and is built to USDA and AMI standards.
Heat and Control, Inc.
ULTIMATE FILL SYSTEM
The ultimate patty fill system from NuTEC Manufacturing forms patties in portions up to 1-inch thick and 10 ounces in weight. Patties are assembled in random grinder-sized strands instead of being subjected to the typical excessively high pressures that can result in patty toughness. The interweaving strands allow for excellent transfer of heat through the product, making cooking times faster and patties more uniform. The innovative design creates juice pockets within the patties to enhance juiciness. Plus, this patty fill system features less moving parts and components to provide superior performance with less downtime and maintenance.
PISTON FILLERS FOR BAKERY INDUSTRY
AXIS Automation introduced the COMAS line of piston fillers, depositors and injectors, specifically designed for the bakery industry. AXIS and Italy-based COMAS joined forces to provide single or multi-piston depositor systems to suit various throughputs and capacities. The model DPC 2-660 boasts 48 pistons for the injection of various fillings into four rows of 12 mini muffins per cycle. The machine incorporates Rockwell servo motors and a PLC to control the vertical movement of the head and pistons.
SINGLE-SERVE LIQUID POUCH FILLER
T.H.E.M. introduced the Sanko ZERO 1 liquid pouch packaging machine. Capable of running over 2,300 packages per minute, the ZERO 1 delivers more than twice the output rate of traditional form-fill-seal pouch filling systems without leakers. Ideal for a variety of single-use liquid and paste products such as salad dressings.