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Buhmann: “She doesn’t turn in circles” with new linear filler

By Joseph James Whitworth

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Buhmann exhibiting at IFFA 2013
Buhmann exhibiting at IFFA 2013

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Buhmann Pac Solutions has launched a linear filling machine instead of the standard rotary process claiming operational efficiency benefits.

The Servofill F100 has a capacity of 60 cups per minute, said the firm speaking to FoodProductionDaily.com at the IFFA trade show in Frankfurt.

They added the variations possible on the machine make it ideal for small volumes, test production or research and development centres.

Options include infeed of prefilled cups, lid sealing, snap-on-lid, labelling, gas purging and laminar airflow.

Rotary vs linear

Friedrich Gartner, director of sales at Buhmann Pac Solutions, explained to us the benefits of a linear than a rotary machine.

“The linear machine is more smoother in operation you are going in a straight direction rather than a rotary with much of a centrifugal force to the outside, the accessibility of the functions of the machine is much much better.

“On the rotary machine the drive are in the centre where they are very difficult to reach and secondly we have much more possibilities with far more changeover, it’s much easier and faster to do and is more flexible.”

When asked about the hygienic factors of the machine, Gartner added: “That’s exactly another reason why we designed this machine because a rotary machine does have much more corners of difficult areas you cannot reach for cleaning, here the bottom is free and you can visualise each area for cleaning.”

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Servofill capabilities

The machine runs round cup sizes of a maximum of 135mm, rectangular cup max of 135x160mm and a maximum cup height of 120mm.

It fills any type of pumpable or pourable products being liquid, powdery or high viscose from 40g to 500g.

He added that it does filling and sealing from plastic cups with aluminium or plastic lids up to snap-on-lids.

The cup transport system of the Servofill F100 allows fast format changeover times with low costs because changing the cup transport plates is not needed anymore.

Buhmann Pac Solutions also unveiled the Servokart C100 which erects pre-glued cardboard blanks (display or American case) to pack products.

The machine has a capacity of 15 cartons per minute and can handle corrugated, cardboard or solid fibre board.

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