Syntegon’s Ampack will gently and aseptically fill preformed HDPE, PP, and PET bottles with baby food, milk- and plant-based drinks, dairy products, and soups using a flexible FBL filling machine with neck-handling capabilities.

The multifunctional machine fills bottles made of all three plastics in sizes between 50ml and 1.5L. Its neck-handling system is set to ensure faster bottle format changeovers.

Bottles are checked for leaks in advance and fed into the carrier plates, with a gripper fastening around a bottle’s neck. It is said to operate quickly with a range of different bottle types – even collapsible formats, like bottles with enteral nutrition.

Its simple maintenance concept, including movable dosing stations for streamlined inspection and component maintenance, is said to enhance productivity and save time during operations.

“The FBL enables flexible and hygienic production,” says Oguz Karcier, product manager at Ampack. “The basis for this is a neck-handling system adapted to the FBL for fast bottle format changeovers, as well as an innovative hygiene and maintenance concept.

“The system can be adapted to different bottle formats in just a few steps, enabling efficient transportation.”

The dosing stations themselves have also been redesigned to incorporate several fillers for highly sensitive and easy-to-dose products, alongside gentle product filling.

Karcier continues: “Some liquid foods, such as clinical nutrition, foam a lot during filling. We have developed a special dosing process to prevent this. The result is low-foaming filling for the highest possible output.”

According to Ampack, the machine can fill up to 36,000 bottles every hour, depending on the filling volume. It also utilizes the SmartFill dosing concept in pursuit of simple handling and higher filling accuracy.

Designed in line with 3-A requirements, the machine aspires to meet high product safety and hygiene standards. It separates production and mechanics when filling sensitive products, with an additional sterile chamber set to lower the risk of food contamination.

Also, the machine is designed to be compatible with other systems; its filling machine uses interfaces that can be mechanically and electronically integrated with upstream and downstream machines.

Ampack anticipates that the solution will strengthen its position in aseptic applications and prove the value of filling and sealing machines for preformed cups in clean to aseptic executions. The company will provide information about the new technology at Angua FoodTec in Cologne on 19-22 March.

Syntegon displayed similar solutions at interpack 2023, including its LFS filling solution for liquid and viscous deli food products such as sauces, dips, and salads, which combines technologies from Syntegon companies Ampack and Osgood Industries.

Later in the year, the company launched its GKF Capsylon 6005 capsule filling machine, designed to exceed the capacity of its previous model and fill 360,000 nutraceutical capsules per hour, in Europe and the United States.

ACG also showcased its AF330 capsule filling machine for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical applications CPHI and PMEC India 2023. The solution emphasizes simplicity, safety, and efficiency in its design.

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