Low-cost filler for ready meals and prepared salads

Friday, 10 August, 2007 | Supplied by: http://www.hbm.com.au



Multi-Fill of Utah USA specialise in the manufacture of semi-automatic and automatic volumetric fillers for the home meal replacement and convenience foods industries and are represented in Oceania by HBM Packaging Technologies.

The MPFMP-060 semi-automatic pocket filler dispenses clean, accurate portions of a wide range of 'difficult-to-fill' products, such as cooked rice, cooked pastas (short and long varieties), cut vegetables and fruit, prepared salads as well as other products including cereal, seafood and shredded meats into a variety of containers including trays, cups, plates, jars and pouches.

Ideally suited for low speed lines, contract packaging and pilot plant type operations, this semi-automatic machine requires one operator and can dispense product at speeds of up to 50-60 cpm, resulting in significant labour savings compared with traditional hand-filling methods. One unit is capable of replacing seven workers at the filling stage with improved fill accuracies.

The MPFMP-60 machine, like the fully automatic models also offered by Multi-fill, is a mobile unit which can be quickly cleaned for a product changeover or moved to a different production line in minutes, ready to fill a different product into a different container with no or few change parts. It can be positioned over many different conveying systems, continuous or intermittent, as well as horizontal or vertical bagging units.

Features of the unit include:

  • adjustable volumetric pocket system for precision dosing
  • no container-no fill function activated by proximity sensor
  • vacuum system which assists product flow, especially for traditionally difficult to handle products, eg cooked spaghetti, IQF rice and wet salads
  • food grade stainless steel construction, in compliance with international standards
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