At this year’s BRAU, cap feeding system specialist GASSNER presents some new components for feeding pre-oriented caps under both normal and aseptic conditions. VertiLift is an innovative facility which opens up new possibilities for cap transportation by conveying caps vertically upwards, thus creating flexibility as regards the configuration of the bottling line as a whole.
The starting-point for all the design considerations was a customer request, due to stricter hygiene requirements and associated aseptic and clean room concepts, to have the caps oriented not directly above the capping machine but slightly to the side of the central bottling area. This has the advantage that less abrasion and dirt occur in the clean area. In addition, the oriented caps can undergo sterilising or aseptic treatment during onward conveying.
In recent years GASSNER has already presented a whole series of systems, such as the DynaSort orienting elevator family, horizontal conveyors with a special guide cage and a variety of sterilizing equipment.
The latest system introduced, VertiLift, offers an improved solution for upward transportation of oriented caps. It can carry the caps vertically upwards, thus travelling from storey to storey, e.g. from the basement to the bottling area.
The system comprises an enclosed chain case at the back and a conveying area at the front which is designed for easy access and cleaning. Caps are transported securely and gently upwards with the aid of precision carriers, each in a separate pocket, in single file.
The whole construction is rugged and built for long life, designed for round-the-clock operation on a shift working basis. With regard to transportation of pre-sterilised caps, all the components are selected to be resistant to the disinfectant used (e.g. H2O2). The whole system can also be placed in a protective atmosphere by agreement with the customer. The result is greater flexibility for line layout. Any make of cap disinfecting unit can now be positioned on the floor, next to the enclosed bottling line. Specific complete solutions for all cap feed applications are developed for customers and fully integrated into the wide standard range of GASSNER cap feeding systems. GASSNER always has the right solution.
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