CBK NBFC semi auto filler/ crowner ( $10,000.00 )New Hot
I have a semi automatic bottle filler/ crowner that i purchased in 2017 from CBK in Victoria/ BC, Canada.
We used it early on to fill tall bomber bottles until our canning machine got up and running and then only use it for special releases these days. It is getting in the way, so i will try to sell it. It is too slow for the operation we presently have but would be a good first step for a nano or brewpub wanting to get started bottling.
The machine has a rotary feed table to move the bottle through the filler and crowner stages. If you want to change the bottle size, you could make a new starwheel for it, or put spaces in to fit smaller diameter bottles.
To operate, you put an empty bottle in and rotate the starwheel until the bottle is under the fill head (this moves the just filled bottle under the crowner, and the just crowned bottle to the starting point where you can take it out) You push the start button and the filling head comes down and starts the filling sequence while the crowning head comes down and crowns it’s bottle.
The filling sequence goes through a double pre-evac step and then counter pressurizes the bottle with CO2. The fill valve then opens and lets the beer come in and the fob valve opens to let the CO2 escape as the beer enters. When the beer reaches the top, it triggers the machine to stop the filling and open the snift valve to let the pressure gently come down to a setpoint. Once reached, it lifts the fillhead and can make a jet of co2 to fob the beer if necessary. when the fillhead is free, the operator can rotate the starwheel to crown the bottle and start the filling sequence for the next. The operator can manually adjust the snift and fob rates, there is a small Automation direct PLC with touch screen to adjust filling parameters.
Depending on the condition of the beer and the operator, you should be able to fill a bottle in 20-30sec. In the hands of a skilled operator, Oxygen pickup is minimal.
One of the nice things about this filler is that it has a built in crown sorter. You just put the crowns in top and it feeds them in to the crowner.
Like a lot of small brewery packaging equipment, it can work well for an operator that has a good mechanical ability. If you look after it, it can do a good job for you.
I got help from the Owner of CBK to commission the machine and get it working properly. Months later they went into receivership. I have electronic copies of all setup and operating manuals for the machine which i will give to the buyer. I don’t know if his email still works, but i can help the buyer get started and show you how to make it work well, and avoid a few issues i have encountered. One of the tings i did was to put a pressure regulator on the crowner head as the higher pressure our compressor delivered started bending things. After stepping the pressure down, it has worked well.
We paid $21,865 cad originally so i am asking $10K Usd or $13K cad