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

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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 fille​r.”

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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