The Healy Group, which supplies ingredients to the food industry in the UK and Ireland, has seen a growing requirement for smaller quantities of caramel to be supplied in more versatile formats.
Based around a gravimetric strong-arm filling machine, the new system offers significant flexibility and versatility for the Healy Group at its operations in Leicestershire.
The filling machine achieves optimum versatility as the articulated arm, which operates from a central pillar, can move around 360 degrees with a reach of over two metres.
Filling accuracy is enabled by the machines two speeds, which top up containers in two stages. The fast speed fills to 95 per cent then the slow speed fills the remaining five per cent to ensure the correct weight.
Depending on the viscosity of the product being produced, the containers can be filled in less than 20 seconds and the machine has the ability to fill different sized containers to varying weights facilitates.
Made of stainless steel with sealed bearings in the articulated arm, the machine not only ensures long-term reliability but also easy to clean, says the company.
The system is currently dedicated to filling over 100 different varieties of caramel manufactured by leading specialists DD Williamson of Manchester.