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Article | March 28, 2014
Federal: High-speed modular series filler for juice
The new 70-valve high-speed modular series filler from Federal Mfg., powered by Pro Mach, is a semi-automatic dedicated clean-in-place unit that fills and caps 450 1.75-liter PET juice carafes/min.
The compact filler’s elegant design, state-of-the-art controls, and semi-automatic dedicated clean-in-place unit offer high productivity with speeds up to 450 1.75 liter PET juice carafes per minute.
The new high-speed filler, which is 3-A Process certified, uses highly-efficient, gravity level filling valves on a 120-in. pitch. The 70-valve unit is integrated with a 21-station Fowler/Zalkin pick-and-place capper from Fowler Products, a Pro Mach business. Fowler also supplies the cap elevator sorter, cap chute, and air conveyors that transfer 70-millimeter caps for 1.75-liter PET juice carafes to the capper.
The filler features an Allen-Bradley PLC-based control system with CompactLogix. An Allen-Bradley 10-in. PanelView Plus is used for HMI.
The dedicated, closed-coupled, clean-in-place unit also controls the circulation of cleaning fluids. An acid metering system controls the concentration of cleaning fluids with a conductivity probe.
The unit includes an integrated bottle rinser that grips the 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.
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