The basis of success for any manufacturer, regardless of industry, is to stay ahead of the competition. In other words, make a product, and do it better and faster than the others - and repeat. Given this, it's only natural that manufacturers seek the most advanced and efficient tools to help them do more with less.
Ecolean, a global producer of lightweight packaging solutions for liquid food for ambient and chilled distribution, has taken these demands into consideration with its EL2+ filling machine. The new version of the filling machine for chilled distribution portion-sized packages follows the company's commitment to innovation and simplicity for its customers, with a clean, modern design that doubles capacity - all in the same footprint.
"Ecolean has achieved a new milestone for chilled filling machines regarding speed and hygiene," says Christian Olsson, director of filling line operations at Ecolean. "The EL2+ will increase the competitive edge of Ecolean's packaging system in the chilled-food segment, with a further improved ratio between speed, flexibility and hygiene, while being easy to operate."
The EL2+ features five fillers and a completely redesigned control system that uses motors instead of pneumatic cylinders to double capacity by reducing cycle times nearly 40%, from 2.4 to 1.5 seconds. The machine now produces up to 12,000 portion-sized packages an hour.
Ecolean is able to achieve such an efficient yet smallsized filling machine due to a complete redesign of the mechanical cam system and servo motors that control the opening of the packages, as well as package grippers, all using one single cam movement to ultimately improve reliability and durability.
In addition, the EL2+ now uses the latest Omron control system that features a virtual master servo axis to enable optimisation of machine performance. The technology was previously only used on Ecolean's ambient filling machines and the proven control system design is now available for the chilled-food sector with the EL2+.
To further support high food quality and safety, the EL2+ can also be equipped with a fully automated cleaning system for the filling zone that ensures the same high level of hygiene at the start of every production cycle. A steam system can be added to the valve cluster system with aseptic membrane valves, which enables sterilisation of the entire filling system before production. Ecolean can double capacity, yet maintain the same footprint and easy operation of previous machine models.
When filling an Ecolean package, the EL2+ enables food and beverage producers around the world to do more with less - while meeting consumer demands and increasing profits. The benefits of the EL2+, combined with Ecolean's thin, flexible packages, offers a lighter approach to manufacturing from an environmental and operational perspective.
According to Olsson, the EL2+ reflects Ecolean's commitment to continually innovate and simplify technology for its customers. "We constantly aim to be better - the EL2+ with extended hygiene and doubled capacity enables customers to produce more with less," he says.
The heart of the Ecolean packaging system is the filling machine, designed for efficient operations. When installing, setting up, operating and maintaining the machine, simplicity rules. Ecolean currently has four different filling machines that fill portion-sized or family-sized packages suitable for chilled or ambient distribution.
Ecolean develops and manufactures innovative packaging systems for the dairy and liquid-food industry. Its modern, lightweight packaging offers consumer convenience and environmental concern in one. Ecolean is a global company with headquarters in Sweden. Founded in 1996, it has commercial activities in more than 30 countries, with China, Pakistan and Russia being its largest markets, and has nearly 400 employees.