PLF Virtus is a new range of linear vacuum filling machines, designed to handle a wide range of milk-based nutritional powders including infant formula and specialized medical nutrition.
Developed by PLF’s team in the UK, the Virtus incorporates a new patent-pending nozzle design that delivers up to three-times higher throughput per head than previous machines, which reduces changeover and cleaning times, maximizes yield, and reduces operational costs. The new range will be offered in 1,2,3,4 and 6 head models, and run at speeds of up to 180 can per minute with configurable options to meet the needs of its customers.
“This is a very exciting development for us, as the higher throughputs that are now possible mean that the Virtus is an attractive alternative to rotary machines currently operating up to 180 cans per minute. The operational cost savings on utility consumption, cleaning time, changeover time, and maintenance that we can achieve with Virtus are very significant. I believe we now have the most competitive and sustainable filler in this industry,” said Amedeo Scapin, global director.
Compared to auger filling systems, PLF's vacuum filling system has no moving parts in contact with the product, which eliminates any risk of product contamination, as well as the possibility of powder breakdown during filling.