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All-Fill uses Tolomatic electric actuators for container-lifting

All-Fill uses Tolomatic electric actuators for container-lifting

September 25, 2012 - Pneumatic actuators, known for their cost-effective power and speed, are traditional workhorses in the packaging industry. Yet when a leading manufacturer of automated powder-filling packaging equipment wanted to gain greater control over a critical container-lifting sequence, it decided to employ an electric rod-style actuator. The change was aimed at making product changeovers faster and easier for customers who used the packaging machines for filling a variety of container sizes.

While the original pneumatic actuator worked well once set up, adjusting its force and speed to accommodate a different size container was complicated. 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.
 
All-Fill specializes in packaging equipment for the food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. The company’s line of automatic auger machines fills rigid containers with many different types of dry products, ranging from coffee and protein powders to baking ingredients and granulated bleach.
 
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.
 
For more than 50 years, Tolomatic has been a leading supplier of electric linear actuators, pneumatic actuators and power transmission products for factory automation. Its extensive product line also includes servo-driven high-thrust actuators, servo- and stepper motors, stepper drives, and configured linear-motion systems. Tolomatic’s electric linear and pneumatic actuators are used in a variety of industries, including the packaging, material handling, medical, food processing, automotive, semiconductor and general automation industries.
 

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