DS Smith: Liquid filling machine

Rapak North America, part of DS Smith Plastics, launched the Autokap™ 1700 series small footprint liquid filling machine that holds the bag fixed during the filling process.

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Autokap™ 1700
Autokap™ 1700

This fully automatic liquid filling machine for bag-in-box supports fresh and stable liquids at both hot and cold fill temperatures.

“We are very excited about this new machine offering that incorporates features of our two highest demand fillers – the Autokap 1200 and 1400 series,” stated Scott Zweep, Vice President of Equipment Operations. “This machine will help increase the throughputs and efficiencies of our customers’ bag-in-box lines.”

The fixed fill head on the Autokap 1700 filling machine for bag-in-box is a departure from the Autokap 1200 series machine in which the bag raises and lowers during the filling process.

When using the Autokap 1700, since the bag is in a fixed position, the cap gripper and fill nozzle raise and lower as required to fill and recap the bag.

The 1700 filling machine keeps the bag stationary during filling reducing product splash and strain on the bag spout seal. Furthermore, it can increase the overall speed if used with a properly sized feed pump.

In addition, the Autokap 1700 filling machine for bag-in-box accepts bags into the machine spout leading, and utilizes a servo drive for the bag infeed system. This servo system has been used for many years on the Rapak Autokap 1200 liquid filling machines and allows for smooth precise bag positioning. This system is extremely reliable in its operation with very little downtime or maintenance required.

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