FRENCH manufacturer Serac has released CRONOS, a filling and capping line specifically designed for the cosmetics and pharmaceutical markets.
Available from Walls Machinery , CRONOS meets the three main needs of these markets: flexibility, precision, and cleanliness.
CRONOS is a combination of two Serac machines: the HERA linear filling machine and the GAIA multi-station capping machine linked with a closed-loop conveyor system.
This combination fully satisfies the specific needs and expectations of the cosmetics and pharmaceutical markets.
The machine can process a wide variety of containers, caps and pots and bottles ranging from 50mm to 350mm in height and 5mm to 100mm in diameter. The containers may be transferred in fixed or adjustable dishes.
Five capping stations enable the combination of all types of capping systems: screw caps, click-on caps, directed, pump, fretting, lid, spray and reducers.
The machine is modular and may therefore be used with only one capping station to begin with and the other stations may be added later.
The filling cylinders on the CRONOS can be opened, washed and sterilised without removal. They function totally independent of one another, which eliminates the risk of overfill and each cylinder may fill a different product, thus enabling the processing of multi-layer products.
The machine's settings for a specific product/packaging pair are memorised and production change-over is therefore considerably accelerated.
The new product to be filled is simply selected on the touch screen and the new filling parameters are entered automatically.
The filling stations are linked by the same simple drive mechanism that improves machine synchronisation, precision and efficiency.
The bottom filling technology using a servomotor is more sophisticated and enables intelligent filling as the machine adapts the filling speed to the type of container used, says Walls Machinery.