Food & Food Ingredients
Our growing markets include manufacturers of food and food ingredients, because we are competitively priced with stainless products like, food grade liquid fillers and conveyors. Some of the many applications in use include sanitary drum, pail and tote filling machines for mineral and vegetable oils, preservatives, sodium products, potassium products, salad oils, cooking oils, syrups, acids, pest eliminators, distilled spirits, and food grade lubricants.
PALLETIZED Drum & TOTE Filling SYSTEM
Though the containers are not shown, this customer is filling vegetable oils into 55 gallon drums mounted on pallets. This is a standard palletized drum filling system, the most common container filling application in North America. The infeed is 15’ long gravity roller conveyor with an air-operated pallet escapement. It holds three pallets. The filling station has a boom with a lance carriage that moves up/down, side to side, and in and out. This universal filler can fill pails, drums and IBC’s from 20” to 80” overall height. The red color was the customer’s choice.
Food Grade, SINGLE Drum Filler
This is a model DF-5510, a semi-automatic, single drum filler where the operator simply aligns the bung opening at six o’clock then presses the button to start the filling cycle. The customer is filling a dairy product into 55 gallon poly drums. All the product contact components are made from 316 stainless steel. All the other equipment, even the conveyor, is made from 304 stainless steel. The lance, valves and infeed lines meet sanitary specifications. Every thing is subject to constant wash down. The conveyors have food grade, wash down duty motors. The rollers have special splash guards to prevent contamination.
FOOD GRADE, FOUR Drum Filler
This is a stand-alone, model DF-5540, semi-automatic, top or sub-surface drum filler used in a food grade application. This sanitary filler will have four, 55 gallon drums on a pallet filling viscous food ingredients. Since this is for a batch operation, the customer chose to load and unload the platform scale with a fork truck. Alternatively, a ramp can be provided for use with a pallet jack to load and unload pallets. Conveyors can also be added on the scale and before and after the filling station. This filling machine can be picked up and relocated using a fork truck, entering at the base legs.
Automatic Drum Filler
This customer is filling distilled spirits into 55 gallon drums, automatically. The filling system has three unique components. The infeed uses an air cylinder with a flip up/down arm to push each drum into a rotator. The empty drum is then rotated to find and lock the bung opening into place, at the six o’clock position. The twin strand chain conveyor carries each drum into and out of the filling station. At the fill station, the drum is raised by a load cell and signals the computer to start the fill cycle. When filled, the drum is lowered and conveyed to a bung and capping station. The next empty drum, waiting at the drum rotator station, is advanced and the cycle repeats.
Automatic Pail Filler
This filling application is for cooking oils, filled into open-top 5 gallon pails. It is a stationary, automatic, sub-surface filling machine. Empty pails accumulate prior to the filler and are released by an air-operated escapement device, one at a time. The filler recognizes a pail on the scale conveyor and starts the fill cycle. When completed, the powered belt conveyor discharges the load to a lid placing station. The discharge conveyors after the lid station are gravity rollers.
Bag-In-a Box Filler
This sub-surface, box filling application is filling food ingredients into a bulk box with a plastic bag built inside. The filling lance enters a two inch diameter throat used as a bung opening then automatically tares the weight and begins the filling cycle. The foot valve at the end of the lance is made special to allow the liquid to flow like a faucet, rather than a shower, limiting the amount of foam while it removes the wrinkles in the bag. A special, see-through square shield is mounted over the filling area to prevent splash back on the operator. All the filling machine components above the filling head are made from 316 stainless steel.
Sanitary TOTE Filler
This top-fill machine is filling food ingredients into an IBC. When the filling operator presses the button on the handle, the filling lance enters the bung opening and automatically tares the weight to zero then begins the filling cycle. Filling is done in three speeds; slow, fast and dribble. Near the end of the filling cycle, the machine shifts to dribble mode to prevent splash back and minimize foaming. All the components above the filling head are made from 316 stainless steel with sanitary grade components.
In & Out Drum Filling Station
A sugar-like viscous syrup product will be filled into open-top, 55 gallon drums in this application. The drums have plastic liners. The equipment above the container and the parts that come in contact with the product are all sanitary grade, 316 stainless steel. This configuration is designed for customers with limited floor space. It requires only a 10’ x 10’ space; less if a platform is not needed. The conveyor on the filler scale and the staging conveyor are both reversing. A fork lift will drop off a load at the end. It will convey into the filling station then reverse to convey back out, making the drop off point the pickup point as well.
Custom-Made Drum Filler
This custom made, sub-surface drum filler is built for a production run to fill food ingredients into a 55 gallon drum. The lance is made from 316 stainless steel and the conveyors and scale base are made from 304 stainless steel for cleaning and wash down. The motors are wash down duty and the bearings have edible grease, as required. The frame is coated with epoxy. An aluminum air cylinder raises and lowers the lance. A physical limit switch is contacted to signal each drum arrival and discharge. The frame was designed to be narrower than our standard drum filler, because of space constraints in the customer’s plant.The scale is built at a higher elevation to accommodate the operator who will be standing on a platform, built by the customer.