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Extended Shelf Life Filling Machines

Filmatic Packaging Systems offers professional engineering services with regard to turnkey liquid packaging systems.


Filmatic’s success in the ESL market now brings the total count of ESL Machines placed to more than 30.

We are continuously improving our designs and the proof is in the successes of these machine still running production in the industry. We see ESL as the way forward.

Filmatic entered the market for hygienic filling equipment in 2000, more than 20 years ago.

​Extended shelf life can be achieved with any product that is a function of the complete manufacturing system and is influenced by product preparation, transport, filling, storage conditions, packaging, operational processes & procedures, maintenance and staff expertise etc.

When using our ESL Filling method, no taste characteristics of the product are influenced, therefore achieving a longer shelf life without any impact on the taste of the product.

​Filmatic use the term “clean filler” for a log 3 reduction capability, “ultra-clean filler” for a log 4 reduction capability. Aseptic is regarded as equipment with log 5 or higher capability.

See how Filmatic’s ESL solution can benefit your company.  

ESL Level Filling

Bottles: 250ml – 5 000ml

Extended Shelf Life (ESL) for Milk, Water, Juice and other Non-Carbonated products.

The containers open the filling valves and fill to a constant level from the top of the container.

​Recent developments on the level filling valves include a redesigned bellow that can be CIP’d without the need for disassembling the valve. Built-in drip trays divert condensate from the valve away from the open container, thereby preventing contamination of the product with airborne contaminants that become trapped in the condensate. Any one of a number of anti-spillage measures such a “suck-back” feature or “choking” feature are employed depending on the specific application.

ESL Piston Filling

Bottles: 250ml – 5 000ml

Our range of Rotary Piston Fillers are designed to fill more viscous products such as mayonnaise, sauces etc.

Pistons are volumetric filling systems, meaning that a set volume is discharged into the container during every cycle.

ESL Nett Weigh Filling

Bottles: 250ml – 5 000ml

Filmatic’s flagship hygienic filler is a double stage rinser ( chemical rinsing and sterile water rinsing ), weigh filler, pick and place capper. This filling machine has been operating at Andecher dairy in Germany since 2004, achieving a log 4 rating, verified by the Technical University of Munich – Department of Microbiology)

​Non-contact filling also allows ultra-clean filling applications.

Gravity fed, level filling solutions

This filling system is the most widely used on Filmatic’s rotary fillers.  Containers are filled up to a preset filling level.  The level is set with the use of removable spacers.  The valves are highly suitable for single strength products such as water and juice, and handle foaming products such as milk with ease.  Recent developments on the level filling valves include a redesigned bellow that can be CIP’d without the need for disassembling the valve.  

Vacuum assisted, level filling solutions

This filling system is most often used for slightly viscous products such as edible oil.  A low level of vacuum is generated in the unfilled container, assisting the product to be sucked into the container.  This solution is limited to the used of rigid circular containers. 

Piston fillers

For more viscous products, and products with a solid content, the piston filler is a very viable filling system.  Pistons filling machines are volumetric filling systems, meaning that a set volume is discharged into the container during every cycle. 

Weigh fillers

Arguable the most accurate filling solution available.  This is also the most technologically advanced filling solution and as such the most expensive.  This system is often selected where high value product is filled.  Filmatic recently developed a weight filling system specifically aimed at filling foaming product such as milk at a production rate that compares favourably with the production rate of level filling solutions.  The newly developed system makes use of a pressurised supply system and a continually variable flowrate filling valve to achieve high production capacity with low foam generation.

Time filling

On the most basic Filmatic filler, time filling is used, where a valve is opened for a preset time.  This filling system is very accurate if the product is homogenous and consistent.  It is a lower cost solution but with a definite place in the entry level markets.


Filmatic has a rich history of 40 years supplying turnkey bottling equipment to a wide range of liquid consumer markets.



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