JBT Corporation is to start installation of the first example of the fastest sweetened condensed milk canning line ever developed in the first quarter of 2018, following the winning of an order with a major dairy processor. Set to handle up to 1,200 Cans Per Minute (CPM) or 72,000 Cans Per Hour (CPH), the latest addition to the successful Unifiller range will – once operational – effectively be the fastest on the planet.
Already the world’s leading filling technology for the canned liquid dairy industry, the Unifiller range has become renowned for its unmatched fill accuracy, hygienic design, dry floor operation and full clean-in-place (CIP) function that does not require fill station disassembly.
As JBT Product Line Director Bart Mertens explains, the range has recently been extended to meet market demand for ever higher line speeds in the form of a 69- and 81-station 1200 frame high capacity Unifiller capable at running at up to 90,000 CPH or 1,500 CPM. “Synchronization with a JBT 10- or 12 spindle X59 can seamer results in a state-of-the-art, high hygiene, high performance, high capacity filler/closer system for canned liquid dairy,” he said.
During the first quarter of 2018, JBT will install the fastest-ever version of the Unifiller for a sweetened condensed milk line, as part of an agreement that will also see JBT supplying can and cover sterilization systems, and handling technology for the line.
To date, high capacity Unifiller units have been sold and installed for evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, liquid coffee and plain milk, with a particular focus on the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions.
In the Americas region, a JBT customer is already using a high capacity Unifiller to fill liquid coffee in glass jars at 800 cpm, while In Asia-Pacific, another customer is producing plain liquid milk in cans on a JBT 81-station Unifiller synchronized with a 12-station X59 seamer.
Mertens added that JBT high capacity filling-closing technology can also be combined with a batch or continuous JBT sterilization system.