In case you missed it, Pneumatic Scale Angelus (PSA) introduced the CB100C rotary counter-pressure filler at the Craft Brewers Conference this year. The unit stands out for how easily it handles a variety of can sizes and beverage types.
“We have a lot of innovations in this machine that were designed based on feedback from brewers over the years,” says Kyle Kelleher with Pneumatic Scale Angelus, in this quick overview. Quickly he notes the small footprint and machine-mounted utilities for oxygen, CO2 and CIP.
“We have a remote pump here that’s going to be placed at the bright tank,” he points out. “That’s fully integrated with the machine controlled off the HMI. … And then we have an electro-pneumatic fill valve. So, the fill valve is actually going to extend down to create the seal on the cans. Those fill valves will handle any size from 200 to 206 without any change over, so you only have to change over body handling.”
Counter-pressure technology allows craft beverage producers to fill highly carbonated beverages, in excess of 2.7 volumes of CO2. In isobarometric filling, the can being filled and the product going into the can are at equal pressure, maintaining carbonation solubility throughout the filling process.
“We can handle co2 volumes up to four and a half. It’s designed to run different types of products for a wider product mix outside of just beer, so seltzers RTD cocktails, different types of drinks can all be handled on this machine.”
An automatic turret height adjustment and automatic CIP are also nice. Be sure to watch the whole 2 min video for the full walk-around.