Omega Design Corporation—a provider of bottle unscrambling technology and packaging machinery for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and consumer healthcare industries—has introduced the CDFI Canister Feeder, an intermittent-motion machine designed for inserting desiccants or oxygen absorbers into a broad range of bottles, jars, tubes, and vials. This addition to the company’s Impact series of packaging equipment is a low-cost unit made to accommodate up to 100 containers per minute.
The CDFI Canister Feeder is designed to dispense single or multiple canister drops with a selector switch. It features a simple set-up, and accepts canisters from all major manufacturers, according to the company.
The unit accommodates canister sizes ranging from 1 to 3 gm, using the appropriate tooling, without requiring bottle change parts. Changeover should take less than 5 minutes, and the machine should be supplied with a five-gallon canister reservoir or ten-gallon hopper with elevator.
The unit works as follows:
Operators load desiccants into the hopper reservoir, then adjust the machine for the ensuing bottle run.
An elevator belt carries desiccants into a sorter, down a vertical chute, and onto a dispensing plate.
The desired quantity is then dispensed automatically, and the Allen Bradley PLC verifies that desiccants have exited the machine.
The CDFI Canister Feeder is built on a freestanding mobile frame to help ease transportation to conveying stations on factory floors. The unit was designed as aflexible, plug-and-play system that can be utilized as needed,with the aim of meeting manufacturers’ demands for increasingly customizable line configurations.