Portioning equipment manufacturer Unifiller has launched iPump, which it says can transfer product without compromising on quality or production space. 

The iPump transfer pump is particularly useful for operators looking to automate production but retain a small footprint, according to Unifiller.

Transfer pumps could be heavy, large or expensive, said the supplier, which added: "As a compact and affordable solution, the iPump can control production levels to ensure consistency and efficiency, and can gently pump products like buttercreams, batters, fruit fillings and sauces easily.”

Based around a stainless steel construction frame, features include a 1.5-inch diameter flexible outlet hose, flow control to adjust pump speed according to the products being pumped, and an optical product sensor to ensure hoppers can remain filled at a consistent level.

No heavy lifting is required, and a tool-free disassembly makes for a quick and straightforward clean-up, said Unifiller.

“The machine is gentle on chunky products like apple and fruit filling due to its ability to simulate hand scooping, drawing directly from most mixing bowls and pails from 60 to 140 quarts," said Unifiller VP of sales and marketing Stewart MacPherson.