To simplify a customer’s need for faster and easier product changeovers, the manufacturer, All-Fill, Inc., is now installing Tolomatic programmable electric ICR Plus rod-style SmartActuators for this critical container-lifting application.
When the type of product or the type of container needs to change, a critical container-lifting actuator must be adjusted to accommodate the new container size or filling rate. The automated machine, which relies on pneumatic actuators to move and manipulate products, was recently outfitted with a Tolomatic electric ICR Plus rod-style SmartActuator to take over the critical container-lifting maneuver. During product changeovers, the ICR Plus actuator has eliminated the time-consuming, trial-and-error method required for changes to the pneumatic actuator it replaced.
All-Fill’s automatic filling machine consists of a filling head and a motorized chain conveyor mounted on a frame base. Containers are moved into position under the filling head and lifted by the Tolomatic ICR Plus actuator so that the tube of the filling funnel begins to fill from the bottom. As the material starts to flow into the container, the container is lowered at a controlled rate. When completely filled, the container moves down the line and an empty container is lifted into position.
Located in a cabinet beneath an All-Fill powder-filling machine, the Tolomatic electric ICR SmartActuator lifts containers and then lowers them as they fill. The compact electric actuator facilitates quicker and more precise product changeovers compared to the pneumatic actuator it replaced.
The All-Fill automatic powder filling machine is used to fill ridged containers with a variety of dry products such as coffee, protein powders, baking ingredients and granulated bleach.
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