Cime Careddu Volu

The Cime Careddu Volu model was designed to allow manufacturers to bottle the full range of liquids from water to still wine, as well as dense liquid products like oil – in fact, any liquid that doesn’t contain CO2. This bottling machine guarantees the exact amount of liquid product in the bottle irrespective of the individual container used.

Cime Carredu Volu Filling Machine | SMB Machinery
Cime Carredu Volu Filling Machine | SMB Machinery
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The Cime Careddu Volu series bottling machine comprises an annular, ring-shaped tank for filling machines with 44 valves and more, as well as a full tank for filling machines with 8 to 40 valves. Annular tanks for filling machines with 12 to 40 valves may also be purchased.

In addition, the automatic feeding devices for the product and the various adjusters required for optimizing the product flow are already installed. The machine may be supplied with analog signals on request. The filling valves are fitted at the bottom of the tank, including the mechanism used for positioning and centering the containers being filled.

The Cime Careddu Volu series machine was developed and built specifically for filling all types of liquid products manufactured without CO2 including dense products like oil.

The volumetric system that gives the Cime Careddu Volu series its name, guarantees the exact amount of liquid product will be put into the bottle irrespective of the individual container used. A diverse range of bottles may be used because the product is measured in a dosing chamber before the bottle is filled.

The dosing accuracy of this machine ensures minimum product waste. There is approximately 1 ml tolerance for each 1-liter container. Furthermore, unlike traditional filling systems, the volumetric system does not require a venting tube for the air in the tank, thus avoiding possible product contamination.

The Volu machine was specifically designed and built for easy operation and cleaning, as well as rapid replacement of accessories, and simple maintenance. All parts in contact with the product being bottled are made of AISI 304 stainless steel or AISI 316 if preferred. This enables washing with hot water and chemical products or even steam sterilization.

The rotating table in the machine is completely coated in AISI 304 stainless steel and is mounted on two centering bearings and ball thrust bearings. Alternatively, small-to-medium size machines may be mounted on a thrust block and centering bearing, and large machines may be mounted on a thrust block. Whichever option is chosen, the rotating table provides support for the bottle-raising cylinders and the ring or air chamber that is used for supplying compressed air to the cylinders.

The bottles are placed on the centering plates using the various screws, stars, conveyors, and conveyor belt.

The tank is connected to the lower carousel via the lifting device that allows height adjustment depending on the size of the bottles to be filled. It is electrically activated and comes standard for machines with 20 valves and more. It is an optional extra for filling machines with 8 to 16 valves.

Capping Turret – Labeling Machine

Capping Turret – Labeling Machine

  1. Automatic capping machines are available for distributing and closing PVC shrink caps and spinning-on aluminum caps.

These machines come equipped with automatic cap release and distribution devices, rolling and thermo-ventilated closing heads, cap magazines to extend the timeframe of automatic operation, bottle conveyors, and electronic controls for incoming bottles and bottle output overflow.

  1. Automatic labeling machines that are used for applying either glued or self-adhesive labels.

These machines are equipped with an automatic system for extracting and distributing labels, as well as electronic controls for incoming bottles and bottle output overflow.

Wire-Hooding Turret

Wire-Hooding Turret

Automatic wire-hooding machines are designed for the distribution and closure of wire hoods.

These machines come equipped with an automatic wire-hood extraction and distribution system, intermittent movement bottle conveyors, and electronic controls for incoming bottles and bottle output overflow.

All the functions of these machines are managed by the PLC and inverter located in the centralized electrical control cabinet.

Dosing Turret

Dosing Turret

The dosing device is composed of a:

  • distributor rotating body supporting the injection head
  • dual chamber dosing device with screw for dose adjustment
  • central shaft with control boxes for height adjustment for various bottle formats
  • injection heads with centering bells and an opening valve for product flow that is controlled by the ascent of the bottle
  • support rotating table for the bottle lifting pistons with control cam (in the rotary version)

Capping Turret

Capping Turret

Our capping turrets can cap any bottle with any cap.

They can be subdivided into four types made for:

  • crown caps
  • natural and synthetic corks suitable for either wine or champagne
  • plastic caps of either the mushroom, pressure or pre-threaded type
  • threaded aluminum caps

All four types of capping turrets are available in a single-head version (for a maximum production of roughly 2,500-3,000 b/h) and multi-head form for higher production rates.

The high level of technology that characterizes the capping turrets means that even small single-head machines can utilize high technology features that are every bit as good as those of more complex multi-head machines.

Deaeration Turret

Deaeration Turret

The de-aeration section of the bottling machine, which may be mono-head or multi-head, is ideal for products, like wine that is badly affected by oxidation. Its cycle can be divided into two steps, carried out in the same section:

  1. The air is removed from the bottle with a high vacuum pump.
  2. The neutral gas (nitrogen or carbon dioxide) is injected into the bottle before it is filled.

Once these two steps have been completed the bottle goes into the filling machine and the neutral gas found inside the bottle is transferred to the tank. This ensures that the wine in the container does not come into contact with the air in the bottle, which could cause carbonation.

Rinsing / Inspection Turret

Rinsing / Inspection Turret

The rinsing turrets feature a semi-automatic electrical system (where provided) that adjusts the height of the grippers as the bottles pass by. The bottles coming from the conveyor belt are positioned to correspond with the grippers that firmly seize the bottles around the neck. Heavy bottles are lifted from the base with the help of a support.

When the carousel rotates the grippers are overturned by means of a tubular guide or twist and guided to the nozzle washing level.

All these machines are made of AISI 304 stainless steel (or AISI 316 if required). The plastic parts are made of certified food materials.

An intercepting solenoid valve designed to shut off the rinsing fluid automatically stops the flow every time the machine stops and reactivates it when it is restarted. In addition to the traditional fixed nozzle, an optional mobile nozzle system that goes inside the bottles is available to improve the washing procedure of the bottles.

A second rinsing or blowing cycle is also available to provide a double treatment. After rinsing, the “dripping” phase takes place. This ends when the gripper starts to once again rotate downwards by placing the bottles in the star unit, which will bring them back onto the conveyor belt and direct them towards the filling turret.

The machine’s injection system is built in such a way to prevent the injection phase on the grippers that, for whatever reason, have not lifted up a bottle. This device avoids any upward splashing that could wet both the machine and the surrounding environment.

The functions of the inspection machine are similar to those of the rising turret.

The bottles, already filled and capped, are turned upside down using the same mechanism as the rinsing machine. This machinery does not have a valve for washing but it is used to establish whether there are any foreign objects inside the bottle. Once the bottles are turned upside down they pass in front of a panel with bright lamps. If any irregularity is detected the bottle is discarded and removed from the production cycle.

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