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FT102X has a well-deserved reputation for being simply the best
Carbonator-Filler on the market. The new Armfield FT102LT utilises the same
technology and most of the features and benefits, in a smaller, more
- Accurate control of filling and
- Option of filling and crown-seal
capping and/or screwtop capping at a single station
- 15l process vessel, positioned at a
- Batch & continuous processing
- Throughputs up to 60 l/h achievable (2l
- Wide range of cans or bottles can be
used from 0.15l to in excess of 2l
- Evaluation service for customer cans
- CO2 content in excess of 10
g/l can be realised
- Enhanced colour touchscreen control
- In-bottle pressure measurement enables
accurate and reproducible depressurisation
- Many parameters can be automated
- Carbonates foaming products
- Carbonates at any temperature between
4°C and 20°C
- Premix and postmix capability
- Fills non-carbonated drinks
- Easily reproducible test batches
- Very flexible and accurate
- No CO2 loss during filling
due to double stage cooling
- Easy to use: many functions automated
- Cost saving: for small test batches no
production line is required
- 32 preset programs
Carbonated Beverages in the Laboratory
The Armfield FT102LT
Miniature-scale Carbonator-Filler provides the ability to establish precise and
repeatable parameters when carbonating in the laboratory, this can dramatically
improve the speed with which new products are developed.
Both premix and postmix
operations are available from the standard machine. Options enable for
deaeration of the product and evacuation of the bottles, and filling and
capping (screw and/or crown) at a single station without removing the bottle.
The FT102LT Carbonator-Filler
is easy to install, set up and use. Colour touchscreen control is used with a
new graphical interface, enabling different carbonating and filling scenarios
to be set and stored. The semi-automated cleaning programme takes the user step
by step through the cleaning process and enables the unit to be made ready for
another product or formulation.
The FT102LT is ideally suited
as a general purpose filling and carbonation installation for small laboratory
applications. Used in conjunction with one of Armfield’s FT74 UHT/HTST units, a
complete drinks line can be created in the laboratory; consisting of heat treatment,
carbonation, filling and capping.
The FT102LT is a combined
carbonator and filler, designed primarily to enable R&D staff to prepare
small quantities of beverages with reproducible characteristics and replicating
the production product.
The carbonation takes place
using a recirculation pump to circulate the product from a 15l vessel through a
heat exchanger system and a sinter tube where the CO2 is introduced.
The pressure in the carbonation vessel is controlled automatically by the PLC.
The vessel has two compartments, an outer compartment from which the product to
be carbonated is drawn, and an inner compartment which contains the most
recently carbonated product. When the inner compartment is full the contents
overflow into the outer compartment.
The product is chilled down
to the required carbonation temperature using a heat exchanger with a switched
valve control system. This requires an external chilled water supply. This can
either be the customers own supply or the Armfield FT63 recirculating process
chiller (which can also be used with other products in the laboratory such as
an Armfield FT74XTS).
After carbonation, the
product is passed to the filling head through a tubular heat exchanger which
further cools the product to prevent CO2 release. The filling
process takes place under PLC control. It consists of raising the bottle to the
filling head, syrup dosing (option), evacuating the bottle (option), flushing
the bottle with CO2, pressurising the bottle (CO2),
counter-pressure filling the bottle, repressurising the vessel, allowing time
for the contents to level out, depressurising (or snifting) and clearing the
Most functions of the FT102LT
are under PLC control and the operator interface is a touchscreen control
panel. It is possible to save and recall up to 32 sets of operating parameters
to suit different products and containers. Each set of parameters can be
allocated a descriptive name.
Filling and capping
A wide range of cans, PET and
glass bottles can be handled. The standard options can handle most containers
from 0.15 to 2 litres. However, we understand that all containers are different
and we will be pleased to evaluate your containers in advance, particularly if
screw capping is required.
Incorporated into the filling
station, this option enables the user to fit either the crown-seal capper or
the screw-cap sealer into the capping head. It includes a pneumatic drive,
which is used to move out the filling head and position the selected capper
over the bottle. The two capping heads are interchangeable once installed, and
can easily be fitted by the user.
FT102LT-4 Screw Cap
Sealer Mechanism (Requires FT102LT-2)
For use with splined plastic
screw caps. Includes a motor drive with a variable-torque setting to enable for
a wide range of bottles and screw caps to be used. The motor limit current
(hence the torque setting) is set electronically from the control panel.
Different inserts can be fitted to the capping head to accommodate different
types or sizes of cap. The standard insert fits many typical 28mm caps.
Armfield can test your caps and bottles free of charge for suitability.
Note: For successful operation the
FT102LT-17 PET bottle holder must be used. For glass bottles a special holder
(FT102LT-17-SPL) can usually be provided.
Used for both deaerating the
product (prior to carbonating) and for evacuating the bottles prior to filling.
It includes the vacuum pump, the addition of a deaeration surface in the
chamber and all the valves and controls for both processes. The evacuation
parameters are integrated seamlessly with the other filling functions on the
operator interface panel and are saved as part of the normal filling data.
Note: The FT102LT-2,
-4, and -10 options must be specified at initial purchase and cannot be added
The FT102LT filling system is
directly compatible with that used on the FT102X. This enables the FT102LT to
use the wide range of capping and filling accessories available for the FT102X.
FT102X-3 Crown Seal
Capper (Requires FT102LT-2)
The standard FT102X-3 works
with the majority of bottles and crown caps. For other bottles we can normally
produce a special capper head, order code FT102X-3-SPL. Armfield can test your
bottles free of charge for suitability. (includes 1 set of calipers).
The FT102X-5 is used to
position the bottle centrally on the platform. Two of these acetal centering
rings are included with each FT102X. These can be machined to suit the customer
bottle size (if provided). Additional centering rings can be supplied for use
with more bottle types. Order code: FT102X-5-ZZ where ZZ is the hole size in
FT102X-6 Filling head
for cans (up to 70mm diameter)
The standard FT102X-6 works
with most cans, but some cans with unusual lips may need special attention.
Armfield can test your cans free of charge for suitability.
FT102X-17 PET bottle
Used to prevent crushing of
containers during filling. The standard FT102X-17 works with most PET bottles
with a 28mm nominal neck width. Armfield can test your bottles free of charge
for suitability. For other bottles or different sizes we can produce a special
support tailored to the bottle. Order code: FT102X-17-SPL.
head for larger bottle openings (25mm to 43mm)
The standard filling head
provided with the FT102LT is suitable for bottles with an opening up to 25mm.
The FT102X-19 enables bottles with a larger opening from 25mm to 43mm (O/D) to
tube (enables filling to a different headspace)
A replacement filling tube,
which can be used to fill to a different headspace.
- Soft drinks
- Juices and cordials
- Health and nutritional products
0 - >10 g/l
18l (certified in
accordance with the Pressure Equipment Directive) (15l product capacity)
316SS or food grade
platinum cured silicone hose
or any safe, non-flammable alternatives or mixture.
During cleaning compressed air is used
Water supply: Supply of chilled water at
approx 3°C to 5°C below the carbonation temperature, @ 10 l/min
The Armfield FT63 is ideal
for use with the FT102LT
Mains water @ 2 bar (min)
with manual regulator, 6 bar
Compressed air supply with
manual regulator, 6 bar