Fillers for All Viscosities

The latest technologies from filler manufacturers offer increased control over the product, however thick or thin.

What's available in a filling machine? Options, many of them dealing with better control over line speed, container size, and product handling. Machines are available to handle water-thin liquids or thick, high-viscosity products; others handle a range of dry products from powders to pills. Changing from one product to another, or one container size to another, can often be accomplished by pushing a button or flicking a switch. Not only are changeovers quick and easy, the operation of these machines is easier because of improved user interfaces.

A liquid filler offers speeds of up to 200 bottles per minute. The Flowtronic fills free-flowing or viscous liquids, suspensions, emulsions, and products with minute particles into plastic, glass, and metal containers ranging from a few milliliters to 20 L (5 gal). Changeover is quick; built-in diagnostics allow for up to 128 instant recall memories. Kalish, a member of DT Industries, Springfield, MO.

A tube filler features speeds of up to 70 tubes per minute. Specifically designed with the needs of the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries in mind, the RT-70 provides a cam-driven fill station, modular closure stations, a safety guard package, sanitary option packages, and easy size changeovers. In addition, the tube-filling machine offers an optional MMI (man-machine interface) that provides a visual and text display for systems operation, a complete service manual, and diagnostic and production details. ProSys, Webb City, MO.

Bench-top filling machines are designed to provide a convenient, accurate, cost-effective means of filling liquid or semi-liquid products into glass, metal, or plastic containers at the touch of a switch. Filamatic light-duty piston pump liquid-filling machines can fill up to 130 cm3 per nozzle. Medium-duty pump machines fill up to 260 cm3 per nozzle, while heavy-duty styles fill up to 1100 cm3 per nozzle. National Instrument Company, Inc., Baltimore.

A monoblock, continuous-motion liquid filler has been designed primarily for the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. The ML651 has an output speed of up to 150 bottles per minute and a rotary-type capping station. Adjustable pumps allow volumetric filling. Marchesini Packaging, West Caldwell, NJ.

Low- to intermediate-speed needs of contract packagers and small-run pharmaceutical manufacturers can be met with a low-speed, high-performance tube filler. The TFS 10 automatically fills metal, plastic, and laminate tubes with viscous or semiviscous product at speeds of up to 60 tubes per minute. IWK Packaging Machinery Inc., Fairfield, NJ.

An auger filler features two independent multiple-auger systems grouped in a side-by-side arrangement. The Millenium 800 system handles fill weights up to 2000 g with accuracy up to ±0.25% at 200 containers per minute. The machine offers definable dispensing control with user-specified acceleration-deceleration patterns, multiple-speed selection, direct motion control, and no-maintenance operation. All-Fill Inc., Exton, PA.

High-speed filling, stoppering, and capping machines fill powders, liquids, suspensions, and injectable solutions into vials, bottles, and syringes. Intermittent or continuous motion machines are available. The company offers technical assistance. MG America, Fairfield, NJ.

A tube-filling machine is designed for a wide range of applications. The pump can be activated manually, pneumatically, or electrically. With each stroke the machine draws a preset amount of product from the hopper and discharges it through a special nozzle into the tube. Heated hoppers are available as well as horizontal tube-filling nozzles. Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry Company, Inc., Ramsey, NJ.

A line of capsule-filling machinery completes a company's range of capsule-filling machines. The Macofar Monobloc Capsule Line handles filling, cleaning, weighing, and bottling in a one-step process. This line also automatically documents each batch. Romaco Inc., Morris Plains, NJ.

An encapsulating machine has an output capacity of 49,000–56,000 capsules per hour. The ZJT 900 series automatic machines can handle capsule sizes 00 through 4 and can adjust to high accuracy in weight filling and dosage. The system features automatic control, accurate filling, safe operation, and high efficiency. Tradimex Equipment & Supply, Orem, UT.

Up to 1000 blisters, pouches, or skin patches can be filled per minute with a servo controlled, compact, multinozzle, piston-free liquid-filling system. The TPO (time/pressure/orifice) filling system is designed for high-purity filling applications, and the moving parts do not generate particulates that may promote bacteria. Adtech Filling and Packaging Systems, Hatboro, PA.

High-volume liquid-filling operations can reduce costs with a very accurate filler that handles up to 600 containers per minute. The Filler Control System (FCS) fills containers to within a fraction of a gram of the target fill weight. The system measures weight and flow rate for each individual filling station and makes adjustments continuously and automatically to compensate for variations in final filling weights. Serac Inc., Carol Stream, IL.

A fully automated line for packaging dry products in rigid containers can transport up to three containers per cycle, which results in a capacity to process up to 150 containers per minute. The Optima F1-3 handles containers with diameters from 40 to 180 mm, whether they are made from tin, cardboard, plastic, or a combination of materials. Optima-Maschinenfabrik, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany.

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