How Packaging Machine Manufacturers Find Solutions For Their Customers
The product or products being packaged will be one of the first points of analysis. In choosing a filling machine, the manufacturer of the equipment will need to know the viscosity of the products, the tendency of the product to foam, the affect of temperature changes and any other unique characteristics. This is the first step in choosing the correct filling principle for the project. For example, thin, free-flowing products without any other unique or unusual characteristics will likely be packaged using either a gravity or an overflow filling principle.
The type of product will also play a role in choosing the correct machine. For example, many products that contain alcohol will require accurate volumetric fills. Other products that use a clear bottle, such as bottled water and glass cleaner, are more interested in a level fill that provides shelf appeal.
Industry can also play a role in choosing other machinery as well. Foods, beverages and pharmaceuticals will almost always add container cleaning equipment to a packaging line, to protect against contamination from dust buildup or other debris. Even the material used to manufacture the equipment can be affected by the product in some circumstances. For instance, a harsh chemical may require plastic, corrosive resistant power conveyors, turntables and other equipment to protect the life of the equipment in general.
By analyzing the product, the ideal machinery options are narrowed from a large pool of equipment to a few options that will require further analysis.
The second part of the analysis will focus on the package that is holding the product, be it a plastic bottle, pouch, glass container or other type of vessel. The material, shape and size of the container will have different affects on different types of packaging machines. For example, large bottles may require an adjustment to the fill bar on a standard filling machine. The same bottles may make double gripper belts a necessity on a standard spindle capping machine.
But it is not just the bottle or container that can cause modification. The type of closure will help determine the type of capping machine to be used. If the package includes tamper proof elements such as a neck band or an induction seal, equipment to perform these tasks will also need to be added to the packaging line. Some products will not ship out as single items, instead being bundled together, which would also require a shrink wrap machine.