Planet Flowline


We are pleased to announce the new management structure of Planet Flowline Limited.

The company originally established in 1987, became part of the Planet Group of companies in late December 2014, and is now based in its modern offices in Peterborough.

Steve Monk will be the main point of contact for Planet Flowline.  He has a wealth of process and packaging knowledge and is backed up by the engineering and technical expertise of the Planet Group, which also incorporates Planet Dryers Limited.  Our design department has the latest 3D modelling software, and can assist with factory layout drawings and machinery integration.

Planet Flowline will continue to represent several European specialist companies, all experts in their particular fields and all complementing each other.  This enables Planet Flowline to offer either individual machines or full turnkey processing lines, to be supplied, installed and maintained within the British Isles.

All previous machines supplied via Planet Flowline will continue to be supported, with spare parts and service visits organised through us as usual.

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We produce lines for filling and sealing food products in rigid containers (glass jars and bottles, aluminium and tinplate cans, plastic jars and bottles). The containers volumes range is between 30 and 5000 ml and the production capacity can reach 1200 containers per minute.

Innovative products and containers can be tested in our laboratories thanks to the use of prototypes.

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Recent Installation – Jam Filler UK

A rinser-filler mono block machine has recently been installed at a major producer in the UK.  Capable of filling a range of  jars from 220 grams up to 1 kg at a rate of up to 450 jars per minute, and with a quick change over time.  The machine was complete with an automated hot water clean in place system





Autoclave / retorts and equipment for the sterilization of food

DFT Technology  manufacture autoclaves / retorts of the brand STOCK, which are mainly used for the pasteurization and sterilization of a variety of foods, but also in the pharmaceutical industry. Among the largest applications are baby food, sausage and meat products, ready meals, soups, milk, cream, beverages, vegetables and fruits, fish and pet food. From pilot plants over steam-spray autoclaves up to full-water-immersion autoclaves DFT provides a wide range of different systems for the optimum result of your application.


Two fully refurbished rotomat machines have recently been installed for a major brand in the UK.  The machines capable of full water sterilisation for processing plastic pots and pouches, were fitted with brand new Siemens PLC touchscreen controls.  Capable of storing 10,000 programs, with up to 19 steps per program, these machines will process the most delicate of products.



FEMIA is also in a position to carry out feasibility studies, factory layouts and installations of complete preparation lines (capacity range: 1 to 20 tons per hour).

FEMIA has the knowledge to develop, design, and manufacture custom built processing machinery to suit individual requirements (especially for thermal processing) in the food industry.

Research and development

FEMIA has a pilot blancher/cooler in the Technical Center of «Centre Technique de la Conservation des Produits Agricoles (CTCPA)».
FEMIA technical department carries out tests in close cooperation with customers to establish thermal treatment processes specifically for the following applications of   blanching,  cooking, defrosting, rehydrating, extracting / washing (in cold or hot water)

Custom built machinery

FEMIA is also in a position to carry out feasibility studies, factory layouts and installations of complete preparation lines (capacity range: 1 to 20 tons per hour).
FEMIA has the knowledge to develop, design, and manufacture custom built processing machinery to suit individual requirements (especially for thermal processing) in the food industry.

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Since its beginning, CLEVERTECH has created and exported concrete solutions for industry producing a complete range of palletisers and depalletisers designed to meet the most specific requirements in terms of productivity and product features. CLEVERTECH has gradually become a leading partner for several multinational companies and leading companies in various sectors of production, particularly in the chemical, food, beverage and can making sectors.

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A recent Installation in the UK of a palletiser/depalletiser and a can depalletiser took place for handling various sizes of can at speeds of 450 cpm.  Interfacing with existing conveyor systems, the complete installation was a success from the start.



FAVA ARTEMIO & C. is the first Italian Company that since the early 60s has invested in the design and manufacture of conveying, storage, unscrambling and orientating installations for a great variety of plastic containers of any sizes and shapes.

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The Company has always faced the market crosswise, being able to satisfy the requirements of Clients from all the market fields: food, beverage, petrochemical, chemical, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, according with every single production need.

The wide range of products includes all the equipments necessary to handle empty plastic containers:
– in bulk belt conveyors and elevators of any type,
– silos and storage systems,
– rotary unscramblers,
– rotary and linear orientators,
– unscrambling-orientating monoblocks,
– vacuum and non-vacuum table top conveyors,
– air conveyors,
– divider and combiner units, distributing devices and other handling equipments,
– buffer conveyors, elevators, lowerators,
– additional machines and devices such as elevators and orientators for caps, elevators for preforms and special machines.


We design , plan and build plants for pasteurization of foods in various packaging forms whether beer, fruit juices , fruit juice drinks (non or carbonated) , vegetable juices , vegetable and fruit cans in various plant sizes : from the simplest single layer system to fully automatic dual layer machines in larger installations


Our product range includes equipment for cleaning, mixing and processing of vegetables and fruit.


We also produce a wide variety of conveyor systems


In addition, we carry out maintenance, repairs, maintenance and modifications of your equipment and machinery.


We are currently undertaking a project to automate the filling of pickled onions for a major producer in the UK.  The installation will include an elevated feed conveyor with brine recovery system and a vibrating pocket filler to ensure a consistent fill rate of 3,600 jars per hour is maintained, allowing for a consistent rate to be achieved to aid planning.

The filling table is equipped with exchangeable plastic filling parts to ensure a full range of different size jars can be accommodated and with minimum downtime.


Zecchetti srl is a privately owned corporation (LLC), founded in 1960. The firm currently has 110 employees organized in the activities of sales, product design, machine assembly, testing, installation, and post-sales service for all the company’s product lines.
Leader in the Packaging Sector for the production of palletizers, depalletizers and conveying systems, Zecchetti is now present in the Warehouse Logistic Sector as well.
Zecchetti, based in Montecchio Emilia (RE), a town located in the North of Italy, counts with an Headquarter Facility (11.000 approx) plus a second operative facility (8.000 approx).


In 1960 the Zecchetti family started building equipment for can manufacturing. Starting with only 5 employees Zecchetti began a long history of innovation and growth. During the 60’s and 70’s as their product range expanded the Company grew to 20 employees. In their development Zecchetti supplied a variety of packaging systems to the packaging industry in general, with no particular area of focus.
However, in the early 80’s the first PVC containers appeared followed by PET containers. Zecchetti recognized the challenge these new containers represented to the packaging industry and focused their experience to face empty bottle conveying and palletizing problems head on. Zecchetti began this effort with annual sales of around 3 Million Euro. Thanks to their focused effort and foresight, 10 years later Zecchetti was recognised (and still is) as the 1st manufacturer/supplier of equipment for the empty PET bottle handling in the world. Over this ten-year period annual sales grew to approximately 6.5 Million Euros