Filler is faster and more hygienic, says maker

By Neil Merrett

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Tetra pak, Hygiene

A new filling machine technology specifically designed for chilled
products like milk can allow processors to step up productivity
during packaging, its manufacturer claims.

Tetra Pak claims that its Tetra Rex TR/27 XH filling machine can fill about 7,000 gable top base packages per hour, whilst meeting a higher level of hygiene standards compared to similar products. As processors look to capitalise on growing consumer demand for added-value goods with nutritional benefits, the company says the machine can ensure products retain freshness and value throughout a product's shelf-life. Tetra Pak's latest filling technology can be used for a number of beverage and dairy products packaged in volumes between 237ml to 1136ml. The product can come with an additional ultrasonic cap applicator if required, according to Tetra Pak. To boost hygiene during the filling process, the group says that the machine uses the latest technology available to maintain hygiene in the operation. This includes controls and monitors that log the entire cleaning process performed on the machine, including cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation to ensure greater traceability. As part of the filler's design, an integrated cleaning system is also included to allow for easier maintenance. Additionally, the machine has a sloped drainage table-top and easy-to-clean surfaces to discourage bacteria growth, the group stated. Welded hygiene barriers and clean air systems are also included in the design, which Tetra Pak claims allows for a more sterile environment for filling and sealing. Operating costs and waste coming resulting from filling can also be reduced as part of an automated volume change process that can be performed at a rate of under a minute, according to Tetra Pak. Packages can also be filled to precision of within 1 gram per 1000 ml of liquid, the company claims. The group will also offer a number of maintenance services including a service to identify factors that can boost line performance. Another service helps companies manage parts and changes. The filler is currently available in markets like Europe, the US, Japan, Venezuela and Taiwan, though Tetra Pak added it would look to extend to other global markets in 2009.

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