Weightron Bilanciai Ltd have designed and installed a bespoke gravimetric liquid filling system for leading food and beverage specialists Giorgio’s Continental at their 7000 m2 plant at Newthorpe near Nottingham.
The multi-line articulated arm filling system, which includes a fully sealed, ultra-low profile LPS stainless steel floor scale, three food grade pumps and quick-connect stainless steel filling lance, is used to fill various sized containers from 25 kg up to 1000kg with wine, beer and vinegar. Overall control of the system is carried out by a programmable Weightron terminal, which ensures the correct product is filled and records details of each and every filling.
The versatile semi-automatic system is designed so that no cross contamination can occur with the different products. In parallel, the hygienic design of the filling system ensures regular cleaning can be carried out expediently within designated food safety guidelines.
At the beginning of a drum filling cycle, a pallet containing up to 16 empty containers is placed on the LPS scale. The design of the articulated arm, with its integrated operator control panel, means that the filling head can easily be positioned over the drums one at a time. The filling process for the first container is then initiated by the operator via the articulated arm’s controls. Having tared out the weight of the empty containers, the system fills at normal speed up to 95% of the required target weight, before automatically switching over to trickle feed to attain an accurate fill volume. The operator then fills the other containers on the pallet in turn, the system automatically taring out the scale each time. A second pallet containing a further sixteen drums can then be placed on top of the first and the process repeated.
For filling larger IBCs the quick connect filling lance is used. This technique, whereby the liquid travel distance can be maintained at a minimum distance form the liquid surface, avoids unwanted frothing. Where necessary, the lance can also be used on smaller drums and is particularly suitable for beer.
Giorgio’s production manager Tony Trudino is delighted with the system and as he concludes: "Our original manual system was very laborious and depended on operator judgment to turn the supply off when the target weight was reached. The Weightron system is very efficient, giving us excellent accuracy and versatility without running the risk of cross contamination. The automatic filling control removes operator error."
Weightron Bilanciai Ltd
Chesterfield Trading Estate
Derbyshire S41 9QJ
Tel: 01246 260062 Fax: 01246 260844
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