Superior Printing Ink Co., Inc. has purchased a cartridge filling system. Recently commissioned, the custom built, vertical designed machine fills a 4.4-pound plastic R1 cartridge in six seconds. It also accommodates eight-pound R2 cartridges with minimal change over time, auto filling them making them ready for dispensing on press.
The automated process is an impressive sight, according to Mark Finley, Vice President of Manufacturing at Superior Printing Ink, who says that Superior employees previously had filled cartridges by hand using three roller mills. “Now, a conveyer delivers the cartridges from a hopper raising them up to the loading station, which sets them upright,” he explains. Then the cartridges move along in a vertical fashion through a series of stations that, first spray anti oxidant inside the cylinder, moving to the dispensing station, then anti oxidant is sprayed on top sending them to the plunger insertion station finally delivering them to a conveyer, where they are labeled and deposited on an accumulation table and boxed.
Finley notes, “that the new filling system is fed by large batch tubs each holding some 2700 pounds of ink, which are placed in a press-out unit operating at up to 2500 psi ink is forced out by means of a large piston and press plate coming down on top of the ink feeding the ink through a hose into the filling unit.