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Article | September 11, 2012
ESS Technologies: Mini monoblock filler/capper
Engineered for pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and cosmetic filling/capping applications, ESS Technologies, Inc.’s new Model MB 25 Mini Monoblock Filler/Capper handles up to 60 small bottles, tubes, or micro-vials/min.
Gravity chutes allow the operator to manually feed containers, caps, and plugs to the starwheel for automatic placement, creating a compact and affordable system. Available in single pitch or dual-pitch configurations, the MB 25 offers a range of filling options for liquids, powders, and creams. The mini Monoblock also handles a variety of closure types, including screw-on caps, push-on caps, pumps, dispensers, and stoppers. The MB 25 is ergonomically designed using sturdy aluminum tubular construction for easy inspection, maintenance, and quick size changeover. Containers index directly into the multistation starwheel, which features No Bottle-No Fill-No Cap standard. Fill times may be independent of the starwheel to allow for various fluid fill rates, and the starwheel is mechanically driven with a precision zero-backlash indexer. Each station is inspected to ensure proper fill levels and correct placement of plugs and caps. An optional automatic reject may be ordered to remove incorrect containers from the production process. Correct containers exit via a discharge conveyor, or the MB 25 may be integrated with a robotic unloading station or other means to convey containers to downstream labeling or packaging equipment.Size changeover is easy and quick, usually less than 15 min. Available quick-changeover options can reduce this time to less than five min. Interlocked and gasketed Lexan machine safety guarding prevents injury to the operator. Optional vibratory or centrifugal bottle, plug and cap feeders may be integrated with the MB 25 to create an automated filling and capping line. The system can automatically insert plugs, reducers, dropper tips, and brushes into the container prior to capping. Caps are secured using a mechanical placement and pre-torque mechanism as well as a final torque mechanism. Servo drive, filling, and capping systems may also be ordered as an option. Allen Bradley PLC and PanelView Plus 600 touchscreen HMI controls are standard with the MB 25, and other control options may be specified.
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