How to reach best in class TCO optimization of Blow-Fill-Cap-Monoblocks
Over the last 20 years the concept of blocking together PET bottle blowing with filling and capping into one machine has proven itself successful and has been adopted by all major beverage equipment manufacturers. Today beverage producers are more and more under an always increasing cost pressure, which forces them to look for reliable and cost-effective solutions for their production means. Tech-Long has developed the widest range of Blow- Fill-Cap Monoblocks (BFCs) to support the bottling manufacturers especially in the long- term cost structure of their investments. Within its portfolio Tech-Long has the most diverse range of BFCs available on the market.
BLOWING PART:The CPX range of rotary stretch blow molding machines spans from 4 to 26 cavities for standard bottles with blowing speed up to 2.400bph/mould. For large containers (up to 10 L) the portfolio consists of rotary blowers from 4 to 8 cavities. Such complete range combining a wide offering of blowing speeds, and a large span of container size, allows Tech-Long to answer to most of the bottling market requirements and constraints.
FILLING/CAPPING PART:The Filling-Capping part is linked to the type of product bottled and covers all kind of drinks, liquid foods and non-food products such as: Water, CSD, Vegetable Oil, Vinegar, Juices, Teas, Isotonics, Household products, Car Fluids and Detergents. In that respect the fillers integrate a wide variety of filling technologies such as: flow meter, weight-cell, gravity, Isobaric, Volumetric and Electronic filling valves for cold as well as hot fill applications. During Drinktec 2017 Tech-Long exhibited its BFC 6/30/10 for large containers up to 10l. It is a monoblock combining its CPXD6 large container blow molder and a 30-valve weight cell Filler running at a Record speed of 8.400bph for 5L water bottles!
THANKS TO IT‘S UNIQUE TECHNICAL FEATURES THE TECH-LONG BFC OFFERS BEST IN CLASS TCO:Active controlled spindle rotation in the oven for an optimized heat profile of the preform, high pressure air recycling up to 50%, electro servo stretch-cylinders, 3-step blowing, format quick -change system are some of the unique Tech- Long features. The especially low maintenance cost result from the use of easily available standard parts from first class international suppliers. Hygiene is also one of the main points of focus, whereas the BFC range include a full set of hygienic features allowing to guarantee the product integrity by protecting the bottle transfer and filling area from outside contamination. Tech-Long has also developed partnership agreements in which the BFC is based on a Tech-Long blower and the filler/ capper comes from a reputable partner. Such flexibility allows to offer best in class equipment for each and every application. With more than 250 BFCs in industrial operation around the world, Tech-Long is one of the leading Blowing/ Filling / Capping Monoblock manufacturer. Rather than having various in-house experts commenting on final user benefits of the Tech-long BFC, we have asked an experienced bottling customer located in located in Montebello, California to comment himself: UNIX-Packaging UNIX-packaging Inc is one of the most advanced and state of the art contract beverage manufacturing facility on the West coast of the United States. The company has a manufacturing facility of 125.000 square feet hosting 7 highly flexible bottling lines with speeds between 2.500 to 36.000 bph.
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