PLF International unveils new inline vacuum filler
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JBT Corporation’s PLF International, a technology solutions provider to the global food and beverage industry, has announced the launch of its new PLF Virtus™ linear vacuum filler. PLF Virtus is the best-in-class new range of linear vacuum filling machines, designed specifically to handle a wide range of milk-based nutritional powders including infant formula and specialised medical nutrition.
Developed by PLF’s experienced team in the UK, the Virtus incorporates a new patent pending nozzle design that delivers up to 3-times higher throughput per head than previous machines, which greatly reduces changeover and cleaning times, maximizes yield, and reduces operational costs. The new range will be offered in 1,2,3,4 and 6 head models, and run at speeds of up to 180 can per minute with configurable options to meet the needs of its’ customers.
“This is a very exciting development for us, as the higher throughputs that are now possible mean that the Virtus is an attractive alternative to rotary machines currently operating up to 180 cans per minute. The operational cost savings on utility consumption, cleaning time, changeover time, and maintenance that we can achieve with Virtus are very significant. I believe we now have the most competitive and sustainable filler in this industry,” said Amedeo Scapin, global director.
The introduction of PLF Virtus builds upon its industry-leading reputation supplying vacuum filling technology to leading global brands and has become synonymous with the highest levels of safety, hygiene, and quality. Compared to auger filling systems, PLF’s vacuum filling system has no moving parts in contact with the product, which eliminates any risk of product contamination, as well as the possibility of powder breakdown during filling.
“For nearly three decades, PLF International has been on a journey to meet the demands of the modern infant formula producers by simplifying our technology and reducing operational costs while maintaining the high quality and benefits of our vacuum filling technology,” said Carlos Fernandez, executive vice president of JBT Corporation and president, Diversified Food and Health. “We are thrilled to offer the cutting edge PLF Virtus and expand on our commitment to provide the safest and most effective technology to our customers, ultimately providing the best possible products to the end-consumer.”