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Collapsible plastic tube fillers

Most people use a collapsible tube every day when they brush their teeth. Most of these are laminate tubes, formed from a strip of laminated plastic with a separate end and cap applied. Other tubes are made of extruded aluminum. Tube filling speeds can range from 20-30 tubes per minute to 400+.

Many products are supplied in plastic tubes that are injection molded. These can be identified, usually, by the way that they return to their original shape after squeezing and dispensing. This retains the smooth cosmetic appearance of the tube but at the cost of allowing air entry as the tube re-expands.

All three tubes are handled the same way except for closing.

The tubes are brought to the tube filling machine open end up in partitioned boxes and loaded in a hopper for automated feeding into the filling machine’s transport pucks. Alternately, they may be placed by hand, or in higher speed machines, by robot directly into the pucks.

After placing in the pucks, open end up, they index to a cleaning station on most machines. A nozzle is lowered into the tube and blows ionized air to remove any debris. A vacuum collar around the nozzle catches the debris.

The tube indexes to the filling station. A nozzle lowers into the tube and dispenses product. The nozzle rises as it dispenses to stay slightly above the product level in the tube. Care must be taken not to splash or drip any product on the tube seal area.

Either before or after filling, the tube is rotated into the proper orientation. Typically the puck and tube are lifted and spun until a registration mark printed on the tube is detected, usually by a photoeye. Rotation is stopped and the puck/tube lowered and locked in position.

After filling, the tube indexes to a hot air station. Heated air is blown around the open end of the tube, softening the plastic.

The tube moves to a sealing area where sealing jaws pinch it closed and, because it has been softened in the hot air station, weld the insides together sealing the tube closed.

Replaceable metal characters are often mounted in the sealing jaws to deboss a lot or date code in the crimp material. Note black on seal registration mark for axial orientation.

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The tube indexes to the trim station where excess material is cut off. This provides a clean aesthetic appearance. In some cases, shaped sealing and trim dies provide a shaped end to the tube.

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Tubes index to the ejection station. In some fillers an inspection detects and separates good and bad tube, sending the bad tubes to a reject bin.

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Norden Tube Plastic 602

  • Manufacturer: Norden
  • Model Number: 602
  • Frain Number: R36320

Norden 602 automatic, hot air or metal tube filler / sealer. Tube size range: 10mm to 50mm in Diameter; 50mm to 250mm in Height. Fill size range: to 300ml Equipped with cassette style tube magazine, 18 pocket rotary turret, print registration, product hopper with level sensor, positive displacement fill station, bottom up fill, no tube / no fill, hot air or metal tube closure and faulty tube stop. Additionally features PLC controller with touch screen, 10 character code slot (able to code one or two side), E-stop, status light, interlocked guarding, stainless steel contact parts and recirculating water chiller.
Mounted on anodized aluminum frame with leveling legs. Speed dependent on materials, application and machine configuration.
Change parts required to accommodate type of seal and size / fill range.

OAD: 89" L x 40" W x 88" H

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Norden Tube Plastic 602

  • Manufacturer: Norden
  • Model Number: 602
  • Frain Number: R35420

Norden, Model 602, automatic, hot air, plastic or laminate tube filler and sealer. Rated from 10 to 60 tubes per minute – depending on materials and application. Tube size range: 10mm to 50mm in Diameter; 50mm to 250mm in Height cap included. Fill size range: 1ml to 360ml (both with proper change parts). Equipped with stainless steel product hopper, cassette style empty tube magazine and feed chute,18 pocket rotary turret, tube registration and orientation, no tube / no fill, bottom up fill, hot air sealing jaws, with Thermo Scientific Thermoflex 2500 recirculating water chiller and level controller. Control panel has Norden Easyware ELAU controller with color touch screen control panel and start, stop, e-stop push buttons and statis light. Mounted on stainless steel frame with interlocking safety guarding and leveling legs.

OAD: 89" L x 40" W x 88" H

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Norden Tube Plastic 602

  • Manufacturer: Norden
  • Model Number: 602
  • Frain Number: R30830

Norden Model 602, automatic, hot air, plastic or laminate tube filler and sealer rated from 10 to 40 tubes per minute – depending on materials and application. Tube size range: 10mm to 50mm in Diameter; 50mm to 250mm in Height. Fill size range: 1ml to 300ml all with proper change parts. Equipped with stainless steel product hopper, cassette style empty tube feed chute with 18 pocket rotary turret, tube registration, orientation, no tube / no fill, bottom up fill, hot air sealing jaws, with recirculating water chiller and level controller. Control panel has Norden Easyware ELAU controller with color touch screen control panel and start, stop, e-stop push buttons and statis light. Mounted on stainless steel frame with interlocking safety guarding and leveling legs.

OAD: __" L x __" W x __" H

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Cotuplas Tube Plastic RS58-D

  • Manufacturer: Cotuplas
  • Model Number: RS58-D
  • Frain Number: 5H4432

Cotupas, Model RS58-D, semi-automatic, tube filler and sealer with number of tubes per minute – depending on materials, application and operator dexteriy. Equipped with 21" ID x 16" deep dual stacked stainless steel product hoppers and temperature probe, 24" OD rotary turret, with (12) 1-1/4" ID tube holders set on 5-1/2" centers with 1/4" OD product nozzle, bottom up fill, no tube / no fill, and ejection station. Control panel has water bath, pre-dose and purge on / off switches, with power on, start, stop, e-stop push buttons and vari-speed controller. Mounted on (4) leg base frame with height adjustable legs.

OAD: 55" L x 24" W x 68" H

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Saga Tube Plastic FS22P

  • Manufacturer: Saga
  • Model Number: FS22P
  • Frain Number: 5F1990

Saga FS22P, Semi automatic, plastic tube filler and sealer . Tube size range: 1/4" to 2-3/16" in Diameter. Fill size: up to 9oz. Equipped with a 2.5 ft³ stainless steel product hopper, air tube cleaner, twin piston filler, fill nozzle, 22 pocket rotary turntable, hot jaw tube sealer, water cooled seal jaws and variable temperature and speed controls. Stainless steel contact parts. Mounted on height adjustable legs. Speed dependant on materials and application. Change parts required to accommodate size range.

OAD: 84" L x 60" W x 84" H

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Unipac Tube Plastic SILVER 80

  • Manufacturer: Unipac
  • Model Number: SILVER 80
  • Frain Number: 5H4125

Unipac, Model Silver 80, automatic, plastic or laminate tube filler and sealer. Rated from 10 to 40 tubes per minute – depending on materials, application and machine configuration. Tube size range: 10mm to 50mm in Diameter; 50mm to 250mm in Height. Fill size range: 3ml to 450ml, Proper change parts required per different applications. Equipped with tube magazine, tube depressor, 18" ID x 20" Deep jacketed stainless steel product hopper with level detection, 12 pocket rotary turret, registration, bottom up fill, hot jaw sealing system, trim station and interlocking safety guarding. Control panel has push button start / stop and digital temperature controls. Mounted on heavy duty base frame.

OAD: 55"L x 50"W x 85"H

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IWKA / Oystar Tube Plastic TU100

  • Manufacturer: IWKA / Oystar
  • Model Number: TU100
  • Frain Number: 5F2740

IWKA TU100, Automatic, stainless steel, plastic or laminate tuber filler, sealer rated from 40 to 100 tubes per minute – depending on materials and application. Tube size: 11mm to 50mm in Diameter; 52mm to 250 mm in Height. Fill Volume: 3.5 cm³ to 377 cm³. Equipped with 100 liter stainless steel product hopper with agitation, cassette tube magazine, tube depressor, 12 pocket rotarty turret, registration, bottom up fill, no tube / no fill, heat sealing jaws, stations, cooling station, trim station with blow off scrap discharge, stainless steel tube discharge chute, variable seal temperature controls and interlocking safety guarding. Mounted on height adjustable legs.

OAD: 60" L x 48" W x 108" H

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Arenco Tube Plastic GAN

  • Manufacturer: Arenco
  • Model Number: GAN
  • Frain Number: 5F0810

Arenco Model GAN, automatic tube filler and sealer. with number of containers per minute – depending on materials and application. Tube size: up to 1-1/2" in Diameter; up to 7-1/4" in Height. Equipped with empty tube magazine, stainless steel product hopper, 40 pocket turret, tube cleaner station, registration, 4-1/2" Long by 3/8 ID piston with 1/4" OD nozzle, bottom up fill, heat sealing, cooling jaw assembly with chiller and trim station. Control panel start, stop and e-stop controls. Mounted on base frame with casters

80" L x 48" W x 70" H

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Unipac Tube Plastic SILVER 100

  • Manufacturer: Unipac
  • Model Number: SILVER 100
  • Frain Number: 5G8862

Unipac, Model Silver 100, automatic, hot air, plastic or laminate tube filler and sealer. Rated from 10 to 40 tubes per minute – depending on materials, application and machine configuration. Tube size range: 10mm to 50mm in Diameter; 50mm to 250mm in Height. Fill size range: 3ml to 230ml, Proper change parts required per application. Equipped with tube depressor, air blast cleaning, 18" ID x 20" Deep jacketed stainless steel product hopper with agitation and level detection, 16 pocket rotary turret, registration, bottom up fill, no tube / no fill, hot air sealing system with emboss coder, trim station and interlocking safety guarding. Control panel has push button start / stop and digital temperature controls. On / off switches for orientator, no product, product level, agitation, tube cleaning, blower and heater. Mounted on heavy duty base frame.

OAD: 60"L x 60"W x 87"H

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Norden Tube Plastic 400

  • Manufacturer: Norden
  • Model Number: 400
  • Frain Number: 5G7460

Norden, Model NM400HA, automatic, hot air, plastic or laminate tube filler and sealer. Rated from 10 to 40 tubes per minute – depending on materials and application. Tube size range: 3/8" to 2" in Diameter; 2" to 10" in Height. Fill size range: 1oz to 10oz, Proper change parts required per application. Equipped with cassette style tube magazine, tube depressor, 16" OD x 22" Deep stainless steel product hopper, 16 pocket rotary turret, registration, bottom up fill, no tube / no fill, hot air sealing system, with trim station and interlocking safety guarding. Control panel has an AB contoller with start, stop, e-stop controls. Mounted on heavy duty base frame.

OAD: 68"L x 58"W x 83"H

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Norden Tube Plastic 400

  • Manufacturer: Norden
  • Model Number: 400
  • Frain Number: R24402

Norden 400, Automatic, hot air, plastic or laminate tube filler / sealer rated from 10 to 40 tubes per minute – depending on materials and application. Tube size range: 3/8" to 2" in Diameter; 2" to 10" in Height. Fill size range: 1oz. to 10oz. with proper change parts. Equipped with 15" OD x 24" Deep stainless steel product hopper, cassette style magazine loader, tube depressor, 16 pocket rotary turret, registration, bottom up fill, no tube / no fill, hot air sealing system, trim station and interlocking safety guarding. Proper change parts required per application.

60" L x 58" W x 85" H

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Kalix Tube Plastic KX60

  • Manufacturer: Kalix
  • Model Number: KX60
  • Frain Number: 5E4810

Kalix KX60, semi-automatic, 16 station, rotary plastic tube filler, and sealer rated from 10 to 50 tubes per minute – depending on materials, application and operator dexterity. Maximum tube size of: 1-1/2" Diameter x 7" High. Fill range of: 3/4oz to 5.4oz. both with proper change parts. Equipped with 17 gallon stainless steel product hopper, diving nozzle, with no tube, no fill, cal rod radiant heat sealing head, and water cooled sealing jaws, with coder and tube ejection station. Mounted on heavy duty base frame.

OAD: 46" L x 32" W x 72" H

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