2013-09-06 Product news

Bag-in-box and Beer-in-box Fillers

At the Drinktec exhibition in Munich, Germany, from September 16 to 20, Alfa Laval – a leading global provider of products and modules for the beer, beverage and food industries – launches an aseptic beer-in-box filler plus an ultra-high-speed bag-in-box filler that is 4-5 times faster than standard aseptic fillers.

Bag-in-box is a handy package that attracts more and more customers due to its various benefits:

  • Long storage time due to sterile filling and impermeable films, granting constant product quality
  • Ideal for a wide variety of beverage and food products, dairy as well as non-dairy, including products with fibres, seeds and particulates due to the special filling via a plastic fitment
  • Convenience and flexibility thanks to the variety of caps for one or multiple dispensing units including refrigerated (or heated) solutions.

Due to general global trends such as urbanization, female employment and fast food, the bag-in-box concept offers a good solution for a variety of prepared food that satisfy the new demands.

New rotating filler is the fastest on the market

The new rotating Alfa Laval Ultra-high-speed Aseptic Filler is capable of filling consumer bag-in-boxes from 3-20 liter with a dispenser cap at an unprecedented speed of 30 bags/minute for 10 liter bags. 

“The new ultra-high-speed filler is 4-5 times faster than standard aseptic fillers for ready-to-drink beverages and food,” says Pierluigi Decio, Business Unit Manager, Food Solutions, Alfa Laval. “This extraordinary performance is achieved  through a rotational filling concept with six filling heads at work at the same time, granting soft handling of the caps and great performance.”  

Alfa Laval developed the ultra-high-speed filler together with International Dispensing Corporation and Sealed Air Corporation, who under their strategic alliance are exclusive marketers of the machine under the name IDC/Cryovac Speedflex™ Bag-in-Box.

 The super fast aseptic filler module features fully automatic loading by a pick and place robot, filling and closing plus a motion control system (patent pending) that grants perfect accuracy and high efficiency.  In addition, the filler has been designed for low acid applications, complying with FDA regulations for the North American market.

 “The potential reach of the new rotating filler extends beyond ready-to-drink beverages to a wide array of bag-in-box food service categories,” says Pierluigi Decio. “Juice concentrates, syrups and smoothie bases, coffee creamers, flavoured milks and sundaes,  cheese sauces, soups, salsas, and ketchup are a few of the products currently packaged in bag-in-box. Virtually every beverage or ingredient dispensed from a machine at a cafeteria, fast food and family restaurant or stadium is delivered from a bag or pouch below the counter or in the back of the facility.”

Beer-in-box filler – a shortcut to savings

The new Alfa Laval Beer-in-box Filler for de-carbonized and de-alcoholized beer is an excellent, clean and user-friendly alternative to returnable stainless steel kegs. The filler can handle 25 liter bag-in-box for capacities of up to 240 bags/hour. 3 different sizes for ultraclean or aseptic filling are also available for capacities of 1,000, 4,000 and 6,000 l/hour.

The beer-in-box filler can be supplied with one or two filling heads and works with a range of different caps. It is sanitized using cleaning-in-place.

The filler’s compact, space-saving design includes fail-safe device for no-bag/no-fill performance. Simplified microprocessor-based controls ensure minimum maintenance and less downtime.

Alfa Laval’s new beer-in-box filler is developed together with Carbotek (booth A2-448 at Drinktec).

The entire concept is a convenient and reliable solution, and a practical shortcut to savings in packaging costs as well as in the logistics chain.

A complete range of aseptic and non-aseptic bag-in-box/drum fillers and cartoning lines

The two new fillers are part of a very wide range of Alfa Laval Astepo aseptic and non-aseptic bag-in-box and bag-in-drum fillers.

The ultra-high-speed and beer-in-box fillers can be delivered as stand-alone modules or as part of a complete, integrated system including other Alfa Laval modules like e.g. AlfaTherm Flash Pasteurization, Alrox Decarbonation, SteriTank and Combibox Cartoning System.

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