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Federal Mfg.: Filler fits the bill for high-speed beverage jobs

By Jenni Spinner+

27-Mar-2014

Federal Mfg. offers high-speed filling machines, including a unit that can fill and cap up to 450 1.75-L PET juice carafes per minute.
Federal Mfg. offers high-speed filling machines, including a unit that can fill and cap up to 450 1.75-L PET juice carafes per minute.

The manufacturer has released a compact, high-speed machine designed to fill and cap up to 450 1.75-L PET juice carafes per minute.

The filler is a modular unit with automated features, using gravity level-filling valuves on a 120-inch pitch.

Range of beverages

Gravity-style fillers are very well suited for any product that flows freely such as milk, juice, drinkable yogurt, energy drinks, and water,” Federal Mfg. sales manager Roderick Daly told FoodProductionDaily. “As our customers’ required production rates increase, so does the size of the filler.”

The machine’s features include a dedicated, closed-coupled, clean-in-place unit which controls the circulation of cleaning fluids. An acid metering system controls the concentration of cleaning fluids with a conductivity probe.  

Sanitation standards

The filler adheres to 3-A Sanitary Standards design criteria. Daly told FPD told sanitation and ease of cleaning are a top priority with beverage operations. 

Cleaning is always a very important concern of our customers since the cleanliness of the filler has a direct relationship with the freshness of the product and the product code date that can be displayed,” he said.

Additionally, the filler’s integrated bottle rinser grips empty bottles by the neck and inverts them over a nozzle. An ionized air rinse takes the electrostatic charge out of the bottles to release any particles that may be inside.

Other features

The 70-valve machine is integrated with a 21-station Fowler/Zalkin pick-and-place capper. It also has a cap elevator sorter, cap chute, and air conveyors transfering 70-mm caps to the capper.

The semi-automated filler features an Allen-Bradley PLC-based control system with CompactLogix, and an Allen-Bradley 10-inch PanelView Plus interface.

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