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Armfield - Miniature-Scale Research & Development Technology - FT102X Carbonator/Filler and FT104X Filler/Capper

The Armfield FT102X miniature-scale carbonator enables precise and flexible carbonation and filling in the laboratory, dramatically improving the speed with which new products can be developed. The ability to establish precise and reproducible parameters when carbonating in the laboratory can dramatically improve the speed with which new products can be developed.

The Armfield FT102X miniature-scale carbonator 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.

The FT102X is a totally new design including a large number of improvements and enhancements. In particular, special attention has been given to the ease of use, enhanced flexibility, reliability and improved Clean in Place (CIP).

Both premix and postmix operations are available from the standard machine, and an option is available to add the syrup for postmix automatically. Other options allow for deaeration of the product and evacuation of the bottles, continuous processing capability, and filling and capping (screw and/or crown) at a single station without removing the bottle. 

The FT102X 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 improved 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 FT102X 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

The FT104X is a counter-pressure filling station, which can be used as an add-on filling station for the FT102X.

  • Simple enabling mod to FT102X allows FT104X to be added, either at time of order or at a later date (order code FT102X-46)
  • FT104X adds an extra filling position to the one on FT102X, enabling faster throughput
  • One standard filling head included. Additional filling heads are available for cans or wider-opening bottles
  • FT102X can still be used standalone
  • FT104X has its own control screen, making it easy to use and preventing any operator confusion regarding which head is being used
  • Simple connection to FT102X
  • FT104X uses standard FT102X accessories, ie filling head adaptors, PET bottle carrier, filling tubes, centring rings etc
  • As the FT104X is independent from the FT102X filling system it is possible to use different filling parameters, different containers and/or different capping mechanisms if required
  • FT104X can also be used as a standalone counter-pressure filler for filling from pressurised vessels
  • FT104X-2 Capper Enabling System
  • FT104X-3 Crown Seal Capper (requires FT104X-2) (*)
  • FT104X-4 Screw Cap Sealer Mechanism (requires FT104X-2)
  • FT104X-6 Filling Head for Cans (*)
  • FT104X-10 Vacuum System for Bottles (requires FT102X-10)
  • FT104X-14 Syrup Dosing System
  • FT104X-17 PET bottle neck Support (*)
  • FT104X-19 Filling Head for Bottles, 25mm to 43mm (*)
  • FT104X-35 Filling Tube for different head space (*)

(*) Note, these items are identical and interchangeable with the FT102X equivalents.

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.

Comprising a feed vessel for syrup, peristaltic metering pump plus the various valves and facilities for automated syrup dosing. The syrup dosing parameters are integrated seamlessly with the other filling functions on the operator interface panel and are saved as part of the normal filling data.

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.

For filling directly from other process systems 
(This option is included in option FT102X-14).

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

This option comprises a buffer tank and pump to allow product to be taken from a continuous process (such as an Armfield UHT system) and matched to the FT102X Carbonator/Filler. The buffer tank is filled from the feeding system and the pump transfers the contents to the FT102X carbonation vessel as required. An additional plate heat exchanger stage is incorporated into the FT102X to cool down the incoming product.

It is possible to use additional filling heads on an FT102X system in order to increase throughput, by adding an FT104X filling system. The FT102X-46 (ordered with the FT102X) allows an FT104X additional filling head to be added to the system at any time without modification to the FT102X.

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
  • 30l process vessel, positioned at a convenient height
  • Throughputs up to 60 l/h achievable (2l bottles) on FT102X
  • Higher throughputs possible with add-on filling/capping system (FT104X)
  • Wide range of cans or bottles can be used from 0.15l to in excess of 2.0l
  • Evaluation service for customer cans and bottles
  • CO2 content in excess of 10 g/l can be realised
  • Enhanced colour touchscreen control with Help facility as standard
  • 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
  • Adds protective gases (N2 connection now standard)
  • Improved cleaning programs with heater and spray ball
  • 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
  • Additional filling/capping head (FT104X) can be added at a later date
  • With FT104X different container styles can be filled and capped to individual parameters on the same product run
  • 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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