The ServoForm™ Mini: a small batch depositor ideal for functional and medicated confectionery
- Product Development
A new generation ServoForm™ confectionery depositor has been introduced by Baker Perkins. Innovative features for automatic cleaning, easier operation and reduced maintenance and running costs have been achieved while retaining all the process benefits associated with the ServoForm™ range. The machine was launched at Interpack and the first order has already been received.
The new ServoForm™ features a fast, automatic cleaning cycle that requires much less labour than manual cleaning. The washout system is placed and withdrawn automatically and the washing and flushing cycle is pre-programmed and carried out with no operator intervention - an innovation welcomed by visitors to Interpack as a significant development.
Visitors were also impressed by additional features making the machine more hygienic and easier to clean throughout, with clip on drain components, angled covers and hygienic feet and locks.
Baker Perkins’ Business Director, Mark Beaver, commented “It was clear from the feedback we received during and after Interpack that the improved hygiene of the new ServoForm™ was exactly what customers wanted to see. We have made improvements in other areas of the machine’s performance and these were also extremely well received.”
Cleaning and maintenance have been further reduced by replacing the mechanical transmission for movement of the head and depositing pumps with servo-controlled linear actuators. The infinitely variable motion control these provide enables an optimized motion profile to be created and then stored using the touch screen HMI.
Synchronisation is achieved electronically, eliminating cross-shafts and associated components, leading to improved hygiene and simpler maintenance.
Start-up time has been reduced by the introduction of on-the-run adjustment for mould lift under the depositor head. This adjustment helps to minimize product waste and previously required the machine to be stopped. Companies producing a variety of products on a single line will now see a reduction in the time taken to achieve full production. As before, set up of the machine is via a recipe control system on the HMI: at the touch of a button all the major variables are adjusted to pre-set values.
The new generation ServoForm™ range is modular, with each variant comprising one or more depositor heads, product specific mould sets, cooling tunnel and – for lollipops – the patented Baker Perkins stick placer. The modular concept covers the full range of ServoForm™ depositors for candy and lollipops.
The Baker Perkins ServoForm™ is the recognized market leader for deposited hard candy and lollipops, and is widely used for soft candies, toffees, caramels and jellies.
Depositing can bring process advantages including higher quality; greater control and flexibility leading to high dimensional accuracy with unbeatable weight control; reduced labour, space and running costs; and improved hygiene and safety.
The versatile one-shot technology of the ServoForm™ depositor enables solid, striped, filled and layered hard candies, soft confectionery and lollipops to be deposited in up to four colours or components.
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