Automatic tube fillers
Machines form, fill, and seal a variety of plastic, laminate, and metal tubes.
A parallel closing and trim station for an automatic tube filler is equipped to handle a wide variety of metal, plastic, and laminated tubes. The tube closure is pressed and coded via embossing. The sealing jaws are controlled by a true parallel-press closure station that ensures even pressure along the seal area of plastic and laminate tubes. The trim station is also a parallel press, which allows for a more precise trim and less wear on the trim blades. Marchesini Packaging, West Caldwell, NJ; 973/575-7445; firstname.lastname@example.org.
A low-speed, high-performance tube filling machine addresses the needs of contract packagers, private-label manufacturers, and small run pharmaceutical manufacturers. The TFS 10 automatically fills metal, plastic, and laminate tubes with viscous or semi-viscous product at speeds of up to 60 tubes per minute. Multiple seal designs can be accommodated on plastic tubes, allowing for the creation of a custom product. The TFS 10 can be run as a stand-alone tube filler, or it can be combined with a variety of the company's horizontal or vertical cartoners for a cost-effective, space-efficient, fully integrated system. IWKA PacSystems, Fairfield, NJ; 973/227-5575; www.iwkapacsystems.com.
A servo-driven, automatic vertical auger fill system provides the flexibility to fill a wide variety of powder, paste, and granular products. The unit is best suited for low- to medium-volume filling requiring a high degree of accuracy. The Micro-23S features a heavy-duty 3X16-in. stainless-steel base cabinet, touch screen operator interface with up to 99 product recipes, one-piece sanitary conveyor with spill trough, and optional lift station and vibratory wearstrip bridge for flexible filling of difficult products and containers. The filler can achieve speeds of 40 containers per minute. Per-Fil Industries, Riverside, NJ; 856/461-5700; www.per-fil.com.
A unit-dose tube filler features bulk feeding and orienting of the tubes via a vibratory feeder. It also features a tube clean-out station, microdose volumetric filling system, and hot-air sealing. The machine can reach speeds of up to 60 tubes per minute. Tubes can be small diameter or tapered, in plastic, laminate, or metal. Other features include a standard three-horsepower drive, an operator interface panel, an optional man-machine interface, and simple changeovers. ProSys, Webb City, MO; 800/231-3455; www.prosysfill.com.
A machine handles laminate tube production. It can produce up to 300 tubes a minute in a diameter range of 22 to 50 mm and a length of 65 to 200 mm. The SAESA-3000 is entirely closed to outside elements; there are no vibratory bowl feeders on the top. Tube bodies are aligned in batches of four for the tube heading process. Four tube header welding stations ensure that high welding quality is maintained at maximum production speeds. AISA Automation Industrielle S.A., Vouvry, Switzerland; +41 24 4820600; www.aisapack.com.