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Masterfil increases output of slush puppie.

A complete filling and capping line, supplied by Masterfil Ltd, is now in operation at Able Foods Ltd, the sole European manufacturers of Slush Puppie. This equipment has enabled the company to meet demand without additional labour, even in the Summer months when sales demand for their ice crystal drink is at its peak.

Installed as part of a modernisation programme at Able's Greenford plant, this new line consists of a 4-head S5000-A Multifil filler mounted on a 6-head frame, a Mastercap automatic capper and suitable conveyors. Slush Puppie neutral base and six flavours are piped from the recently refurbished mixing area to the filling line on which they are automatically filled into 5 litre polypropylene containers. Both filling and capping are carried out at a rate of about 18 containers a minute.

The new Mastercap unit replaces an older machine which was becoming unreliable and could not match the speed of the filler. The filling machine itself, purchased some eighteen months ago, replaced a 4-head unit installed many years earlier. In total, this entire installation has enabled Able Foods to increase filling speeds by around 25 percent to match the increased sales volumes.

Readers wanting more technical information about the equipment involved should consult Masterfil at 17 Framborough Close, Stocklake, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, tel: 0296 25001.
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Title Annotation:Masterfill Ltd.
Publication:Food Trade Review
Date:Aug 1, 1991
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