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Bottle and beverage fillers can be rotary or inline, intermittent, or continuous motion. Intermittent-motion fillers stop the bottle during filling and are commonly used for speeds up to 200-300 ppm on smaller container sizes. For higher speeds, especially on larger container sizes, continuous-motion fillers will usually be more appropriate.
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Speed BPM = Bottles Per Minute
In theory most fillers can be used to fill most beverages. In reality, many beverages are carbonated and need to be filled using a counter-pressure filler. Typical products include beer, sparkling wine, soft drinks and soda water.
Counter-pressure fillers are often level fillers, filling to a specific level in the can or bottle rather than dispensing a specific volume. Product volume is determined by the container’s internal volume and fill level. Volumetric counterpressure fillers are also used which measure the volume of product independently of the container prior to filling. This provides more precise fill accuracy than level filling.
Counter-pressure fillers may be inline and intermittent motion for small scale production such as craft breweries. More commonly they are continuous motion rotary machines. Rotary machines may have as few as a dozen to as many as 190 filling stations. Turrets may be as large as 18’ in diameter. The large number of nozzles allows a fairly low turret rotational speed and a long filling cycle while still achieving high output. A 190 head filler running at 15rpm would fill 2,850 containers per minute. (171,000cph)
Rotary fillers have a pressurized product reservoir mounted above the turret. The tank is automatically kept at a constant product level. Larger fillers may use a ring or donut instead of a bowl style tank. The Donut minimizes the amount of product in the system as well as the effects of centrifugal force. Filling nozzles are mounted in the bottom of the tank or donut.
Counter-pressure filling is a 6 step process. All steps take place on the same nozzle.
A minimal amount of foaming and CO2 release will occur between the end of filling and capping. This is actually desirable since the release of CO2 means that no air will enter the bottle before closing.
See also: Complete Liquid Bottling Line
U S Bottlers, Automatic 48 head, rotary, stainless steel, pressure gravity filler with number of containers per minute – depending on materials, application, size container and fill. Equipped with 70" long x 4½" wide product infeed conveyor, with 24" long worm screw to star wheel in feed and discharge, 60" OD turrett has 48 filling heads with 1" OD nozzles set on 5" centers with maximum container OD of 4" and overhead product feeding system, bottom up fill, no container / no fill and has product overflow. Mounted on stainless steel frame with safety guarding.
OAD: 90" L x 72" W x 76" H
Monoblock 40 Head filler and 8 head crowner capable of speeds 50 to 400 bottles per minute – depending materials and application. Container size range: 2" to 4-7/8" in Diameter; 5-1/2" to 14" in Height. 68" diameter turn table with (40) 3/8" OD / 1/4" ID nozzles set on 5" centers, bottom up fill, centering bells, 112" long x 3-1/4" wide stainless steel product conveyor with worm screw to star wheel infeed and discharge. 8 head rotary crown capper with overhead product feed system with overflow drip, no container / no fill and CIP ring. Mounted on heavy duty frame. Last running 12oz carbonated beverage with 28mm crown cap.
OAD: 140" L x 104" W x 9′ H
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