Bottle Filling

Product Used: LAL95 series linear actuator

Objective: Customer is looking to replace the air cylinders on a bottle filling machine. Each machine has between 8 and 36 filling ‘heads’ on a circular ‘turret’.

Their primary objectives are to;

  • Improve speed of machine
  • Increase positioning accuracy of valve
  • Reduce machine down-time for;
    • Re calibrating timing of air cylinders
    • Changing head configuration to change type of liquid being filled

There is a lot of time involved in changing the configuration of the head when a liquid change is required. It takes around 10 minutes per air cylinder to calibrate them due to the change in liquid.

SMAC Actuators can adjust in seconds and don’t have to be re-calibrated. This results in a significant saving of time and cost, and increases throughput due to a reduction in machine down time.

This same application, and the ability to profile the fill, can be applied to microdispensing.


SMAC Advantage


High Cycle rates

SMAC  2000 CPM

Air Cylinder 1000 CPM

Cycle Time repeat

SMAC +/- 1 msec

*No overfill when using SMAC

Air Cylinder +/- 10 msec


Cycle life

SMAC  >100 million

Air Cylinder 15 million

Changeover time  

SMAC -  0 sec

Air Cylinder > 10 Min.  

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