Tetra Pak® A3/CompactFlex

Maximum flexibility - minimum space!

  • Compact design, just 4,3 m high with a 20 m² footprint
  • Quick Change available for a wide range of packages
  • High food safety (unique aseptic process FDA filed)

Features

Automatic material supply

Uninterrupted production

There's no need to halt production in order to refill with packaging material or strips since both are replaced automatically. Automation also ensures that splices between packaging material reels and strip applications are of consistent, repeatable quality.

Aseptic zone

Ensures aseptic conditions in an economical way

The flow of sterile air needed to maintain aseptic conditions is fully controlled in a closed loop, and designed to auto-correct if deviations occur. The smallness of the aseptic zone leads to savings in the consumption of both power and peroxide.

Deep peroxide bath

For safer packaging material sterilisation

A peroxide bath, as opposed to a spray system, sterilises the packaging material inside and out. A special thermal carpet keeps the peroxide bath at the optimum sterilisation temperature.

Servo driven jaw system

Adding flexibility and reducing waste

Using servo-motors, the jaw system profile is created in a software model rather than mechanically. This facilitates rapid conversion between different kinds of package production. Profiles are optimised to give better looking packages; printed package designs are synchronised to reduce waste.

Improved final folder design

Turning out better looking packages, faster

Packages are released from the machine in an upright position, which simplifies the production process and increases reliability. Servo-motors accelerate the final folding process to give a good package shape and high capacity. They also enable the production flexibility offered by QuickChange and Volume Conversion functions.

 

iLine automation platform

More reliable production

As the filling machine is an integrated part of the line it communicates with all the other line equipment. Sterilisation, filling and sealing processes are continuously controlled, increasing the output of 'on-target' packages. This feature also enables selectable capacity for compatibility with existing processing or downstream equipment.

Operator interface

Enabling operators to work swiftly and efficiently

Several factors contribute to the easy operation of this filling machine: the Tetra Pak Operator Panel with its intuitive touch screen interface; large windows through which operators can observe production at first hand, and ground level access to essential working parts.

 

PLMS centre

Operational control and performance analysis

The PLMS centre automatically collects production data from the automation platform. To this, the operator can add his own observations. Improvements in production efficiency can then be made on the basis of the two.

 

Options

QuickChange

QuickChange technology makes it possible to switch production between two packages with the same bottom cross section, whilst maintaining the filling machine’s sterile conditions

The module consists of four parts that need to be changed by the filling machine operator. After this has been done, the machine automatically adjusts by applying the servo motor programme for the new volume chosen. Within 20 minutes, the machine can be ready to start production again.

 

Integrated PullTab Unit

Integrated between the ASU and the main body of the filling machine, this unit enables production of packages with a PullTab opening.

The PullTab Unit punches a hole in the packaging material then applies an Inner PE-Strip and an outer Aluminium Tab (which is later used for opening the package). The opening is hermetically sealed before the packaging material proceeds to forming and filling.

 

Headspace by Injection

Headspace is necessary for products that need to be shaken before consumption. It also makes it easier to open and pour from the package.

The unit consists of a control cabinet, a heating element to sterilize air (or an inert gas) and a nozzle which injects the sterile air (or inert gas) to the product to create froth. When the froth settles down, it leaves a residual headspace which enables the content to be shaken and mixed. Using this method, products can be filled by weight so the choice of volumes is wider

 

High Viscosity Aseptic (HVA) Kit

The HVA kit makes it possible to fill viscous products such as tomato paste.

This is made possible by a synchronous aseptic positive pump which is controlled by the double loop filling control system of the Tetra Pak A3/Compact Flex filling machine. The unit can be connected or disconnected as needed, so producers can alternate easily between viscous and other kinds of products.

 

Package Types

Tetra Brik® Aseptic Slim

80 ml 125 ml 160 ml 180 ml 200 ml 250 ml 300 ml 330 ml 375 ml

Tetra Brik® Aseptic Base

100 ml 200 ml 250 ml

Tetra Prisma® Aseptic Square

125 ml 200 ml 250 ml 330 ml

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