ELC - Electro-pneumatic counter-pressure level filling system

ELC Microbreweries - ELC - Electro-pneumatic counter-pressure level filling system for microbreweries

New microbloc for microbreweries complete with rinser, isobaric electro-pneumatic filler with double pre-evacuation system and singlehead crown capper up to 1.000 BPH of 330 ml.
The valve allows total flexibility in adjusting the filling cycle by adapting the vacuum and filling timings via PLC.
The ELC 5-5-1 isobaric filler stands out for its “step-by-step” operation principle. To maintain a compact structure, the machine has been designed based on a linear type
machine, with every phase of the machine positioned around a central star. This way, for the rinsing and filling procedures, the bottles are handled in groups of 5. The capper is not tied to this concept so the capping head applies the crown cap to every bottle that passes. The key advantage of a step-by-step machine is the short time required for the change-over procedure compared to the linear or rotating machines. The central star and the guides are the only components that need to be replaced, plus the adjustment of the height of the different devices. All motors and mechanical transmissions of the machine are installed below the machine base, to avoid any contact with the wet part of the machine.


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1A conveyor transports the bottles inside the rinsing machine where a motorized system inverts the bottles upside-down and places the opening on the nozzle. Each nozzle features a tool-less system to allow for quick adjustment. After the rinsing treatment, the bottles are inverted back again and transferred to the main star, ready to be moved to the filling module.


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2The filling procedure is an isobaric, level-type with electro-pneumatic control. Once the 5 bottles are on the module, these are lifted by pneumatic jacks in order to make contact with the filling valves. After a double pre-evacuation and flushing phase to reduce the oxygen pick-up, the bottles are put under the same pressure as the product tank, thus allowing the filling procedure by gravity. When the product reaches the level set by the vent-tube, the valve is shut pneumatically and the snift phase begins. Once the procedure ends, the bottle moves towards the capper by means of the main transferring star.


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3Above the capper the caps are orientated and transferred by a dedicated device. The mono-head capping module works in a continuous cycle, capping the bottles as they pass below it. Between the filling and the capping module there is the possibility to install an optional device (skimmer) which sprays hot water in the filled bottle. This causes the beer to foam pushing the oxygen out of the bottle head space ensuring good oxygen pick-up. A key feature of Enoberg cappers is the ability to set the force of the capper during the cap application and cap closure phase.


TECHNICAL DATA

Advantages

  • Modular structure which can be customized;
  • Compact filling module which minimizes the number of stars for bottle handling, while ensuring an easy access for maintenance and cleaning;
  • Modular framework which allows optimization of the shipping dimensions, cutting the transport costs and making the machine suitable for standard road transport;
  • Low operating and maintenance costs;
  • Low risk of contamination, high level of hygiene;
  • Excellent price performance ratio.

Standard accessories

Each ELC machine is provided with:

  • Independent movement of the machine axes through ICOS brushless motors with integrated control. Each motors parameter can be checked through HMI;
  • Guarding in tempered glass;
  • Installed dummy bottles cleaning in closed loop water circuits;
  • 7" HMI (Human Machine Interface) touch screen, supplied by SMITEC;
  • Pre-programmed recipes, to have a quick changeover at software level;
  • Quick bottle changeover parts;
  • Electro-pneumatic filling system;
  • Automatic setting of the machine carousels;
  • Possibility to fill both carbonated and flat products;
  • Automatic cleaning phases (CIP).

Optional

Available on request, it is possible to install on ENOBERG’s ELC machine:

  • Upper covering;
  • Laminar flow to create an overpressure in the working environment and to prevent penetration of micro foreign objects in the machine;
  • Components in contact with the products in AISI 316;
  • Modulating valve.

Optional for beer version

  • Vacuum generation system by means of liquid ring pump, performing an oxygen double pre-evacuation before the filling;
  • High-pressure hot water skimmer, in order to maintain a reduced oxygen pick-up.

* The stated values are not binding, as they have to be confirmed by ENOBERG according to the user's production conditions.