Ahmedabad-based KB Associates is a manufacturer, supplier and exporter of a wide range of liquid filling and bottling lines. During the recently held PackPlus Expo 2019 in New Delhi, the company launched Quadra Fill – an automatic barrel, drum, intermediate bulk containers (IBC) filling machine with a machine vision.
Speaking about the machine, Amit Mahant, general manager – Marketing at KB Associates said, “Quadra Fill is a fully automatic and smart filling system on a pallet, composed from a co-ordination of multi-axis and auto-positioning of filling lance and bunghole using high MP industrial-scale camera with integrated SCADA software for operations. Automation is done keeping in mind speed and accuracy of filling drums, barrels and IBC’s given high yields.”
The machine can be used for various applications in the food industry (all types of oils, butter oil, edible oil, glycerin, liquid glucose, starch and alcoholic beverages), chemical and petrochemical industry (liquid fuel additives, lubricant oil, liquid paints, solvents, liquid fertilizers, fungicides, detergents, thinner, varnish and wax) and other industrial segments (adhesives, chemicals and construction materials).
Technical specifications and key features
Explaining the key features of Quadra Fill, Mahant said, “The Quadra Fill has an industrial-grade camera, which ensures complete machine vision. The camera scans all the drums, barrels and IBC bungs at one go to automatically align filling lance while the bunghole gives speed and accuracy with no human intervention,”
The machine also offers features such as overfill detection, recipe-based filling height as per container size, flow rate control for coarse and fine filling operations, filling cycle history with reports, less changeover time as well as high reliability and durability of the equipment.
According to Mahant, the machine can fill steel barrels and plastic drums of sizes ranging from 20 liters to 250 liters and IBC up to 1000 liters on pallets with its auto-adjustable filling height for filling containers of different sizes with a drip-free nozzle.
Addressing the challenges faced by the industry with bulk filling, he said, “Earlier, for bulk filling of more than 20 liters of liquid, people were using hand-pumps which required manpower. This machine runs on a microprocessor controller, which solves this problem, as it fills as per the customer’s requirements like 100 liters, 105 liters or even decimal size. Moreover, this machine does not require any manpower and can fill containers one by one.”
Solutions based on customer’s requirements
Based on customer requirements, the company offers turnkey project solutions including high speed filling and bottling line for glass and PET bottles, batch code printing, labeling and shrink wrapping that helps save filling and bottling time and allow customers to covey the final product with better aesthetic look and hygienic conditions. The package is also leak-proof, easy to handle, storage and transport.
According to Mahant, he is receving many queries regarding the machine and he see good demand for it going ahead. Adding to the company’s offerings to its customers, he said, “We offer our customers a solution based on their budget requirements and as well as depending on their competitive needs. For example, they can choose a fully automatic line or a semi-automatic line. In addition, we also offer customized options like an anti-explosion version for hazardous areas, customized filling nozzles, CIP cleaning system and conveyor belts for movement of pallets to make it fully automatic.”
Mahant shared that KB Associates is among the few leading companies in India with a capability to provide turnkey solutions for beverage and non-beverage production lines. He said, “We have a team of experienced and dedicated professionals for customer support and after-sales service that make our projects a big success. Our machines are technologically advanced to provide productivity in terms of space utilization, maximizing output and simplifying changeovers, accuracy, efficiency and repeatability.”
He added that the company has sold a couple of machines recently to MNCs located in India and these companies have also shown interest to order these machines for their overseas locations.