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Armfield - Miniature-Scale Research & Development Technology - FT102LT Carbonator/Filler

The Armfield FT102X has a well-deserved reputation for being simply the best Carbonator-Filler on the market. The new Armfield FT102LT utilises the same technology and most of the features and benefits, in a smaller, more cost-effective package.

The Armfield FT102LT Miniature-scale Carbonator-Filler provides the ability to establish precise and repeatable parameters when carbonating in the laboratory, this can dramatically improve the speed with which new products are developed.

Both premix and postmix operations are available from the standard machine. Options enable for deaeration of the product and evacuation of the bottles, and filling and capping (screw and/or crown) at a single station without removing the bottle.

The FT102LT Carbonator-Filler is easy to install, set up and use. Colour touchscreen control is used with a new graphical interface, enabling different carbonating and filling scenarios to be set and stored. The semi-automated cleaning programme takes the user step by step through the cleaning process and enables the unit to be made ready for another product or formulation.

The FT102LT is ideally suited as a general purpose filling and carbonation installation for small laboratory applications. Used in conjunction with one of Armfield’s FT74 UHT/HTST units, a complete drinks line can be created in the laboratory; consisting of heat treatment, carbonation, filling and capping.

Available models

Incorporated into the filling station, this option enables the user to fit either the crown-seal capper or the screw-cap sealer into the capping head. It includes a pneumatic drive, which is used to move out the filling head and position the selected capper over the bottle. The two capping heads are interchangeable once installed, and can easily be fitted by the user.

The standard FT102LT-3/FT102X-3/FT104X-3 works with the majority of bottles and crown caps. For other bottles we can normally produce a special capper head, order code FT102LT-3-SPL/FT102X-3-SPL/FT104X-3-SPL. Armfield can test your bottles free of charge for suitability. (includes 1 set of calipers).

For use with splined plastic screw caps. Includes a motor drive with a variable-torque setting to enable for a wide range of bottles and screw caps to be used. The motor limit current (hence the torque setting) is set electronically from the control panel. Different inserts can be fitted to the capping head to accommodate different types or sizes of cap. The standard insert fits many typical 28mm caps. Armfield can test your caps and bottles free of charge for suitability.

Note: For successful operation the FT102LT-17 PET/FT102X-17/FT104X-17 bottle holder must be used. For glass bottles a special holder (FT102LT-17-SPL/FT102X-17-SPL/FT104X-17-SPL) can usually be provided.

The FT102LT-5/FT102X-5 is used to position the bottle centrally on the platform. Two of these acetal centering rings are included with each FT102LT/FT102X. These can be machined to suit the customer bottle size (if provided). Additional centering rings can be supplied for use with more bottle types. Order code: FT102LT-5-ZZ/FT102X-5-ZZ where ZZ is the hole size in mm.

The standard FT102LT-6/FT102X-6/FT104X-6 works with most cans, but some cans with unusual lips may need special attention. Armfield can test your cans free of charge for suitability.

Used for both deaerating the product (prior to carbonating) and for evacuating the bottles prior to filling. It includes the vacuum pump, the addition of a deaeration surface in the chamber and all the valves and controls for both processes. The evacuation parameters are integrated seamlessly with the other filling functions on the operator interface panel and are saved as part of the normal filling data.

Note: The FT102LT/FT102X/FT104X-2, -4, and -10 options must be specified at initial purchase and cannot be added later.

Used to prevent crushing of containers during filling. The standard FT102LT-17/FT102X-17/FT104X-17 works with most PET bottles with a 28mm nominal neck width. Armfield can test your bottles free of charge for suitability. For other bottles or different sizes we can produce a special support tailored to the bottle. Order code: FT102LT-17-SPL/FT102X-17-SPL/FT104X-17-SPL.

The standard filling head provided with the FT102LT/FT102X/FT104X is suitable for bottles with an opening up to 25mm. The FT102LT-19/FT102X-19/FT104X-19 enables bottles with a larger opening from 25mm to 43mm (O/D) to be filled.

A replacement filling tube, which can be used to fill to a different headspace.

Key Features & Benefits

Key Features

  • Accurate control of filling and carbonating variables
  • Option of filling and crown-seal capping and/or screwtop capping at a single station
  • 15l process vessel, positioned at a convenient height
  • Batch & continuous processing
  • Throughputs up to 60 l/h achievable (2l bottles)
  • Wide range of cans or bottles can be used from 0.15l to in excess of 2l
  • Evaluation service for customer cans and bottles
  • CO2 content in excess of 10 g/l can be realised
  • Enhanced colour touchscreen control
  • In-bottle pressure measurement enables accurate and reproducible depressurisation
  • Many parameters can be automated
  • Carbonates foaming products
  • Carbonates at any temperature between 4°C and 20°C
  • Premix and postmix capability
  • Fills non-carbonated drinks


  • Easily reproducible test batches
  • Very flexible and accurate
  • No CO2 loss during filling due to double stage cooling
  • Easy to use: many functions automated
  • Cost saving: for small test batches no production line is required
  • 32 preset programs
  • Biopharmaceutical and Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Cosmetics & Personal Care
  • Education & Academics
  • Food & Beverage
  • Oil & Gas
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Powders & Pigments / Coating
ArmfieldThe Armfield Industrial Division designs and manufactures research & development systems, primarily for the food, beverage, dairy, edible oil and pharmaceutical industries. Used by many of the world's leading corporations, Armfield systems enable researchers and product developers to replicate full-scale industrial manufacturing processes on a miniature-scale in the laboratory.
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