Browsing online portals in search of liquid packaging solutions may leave you scratching your head, especially if you’re new to this industry. Besides the new terminologies, the wide availability of machines might make your decision a bit difficult. Which machine is right for my project? Will it give complete turnkey solutions? Or, should I choose automated machines? The answer actually depends on a number of factors, such as the products your business deals with, the size of the production cycle, and so on.
Let’s discuss some factors that may help you get the right machines for your manufacturing unit:
Type of products you’re dealing with
The most common factor that can influence your decision of picking any machine is the product type. Remember, different machines are available to deal with different liquid viscosities. For instance, you can choose a piston filler for a thick product than an overflow filling machine, whereas gravity fillers work better for thin products. Since the viscosity levels of different products may overlap, it’s recommended to choose the machines carefully.
Unique characteristics of your products
Besides the specific viscosity types, some products may have the characteristics to change viscosity levels depending upon the temperature. While the temperature of your products remains constant throughout the production cycle, the machines they are being used in might increase or decrease the temperature. Therefore, it’s important to pay attention to this factor, otherwise it might cost you in the later part.
Type of containers you use
While more than one machine may work well for a single product type, it’s important to consider the type of bottles or containers that are being used. After all, they also play an important role when it comes to making the right choice. Using wrong machines for other type of containers may give you undesirable results, which is, of course, not good.
Number of containers to be filled per hour
To determine the automation level of your liquid filling machines, you should have a close look at the production cycle. In case you need the maximum number of bottles to be filled in one hour, prefer to pick an automated machine. While you can choose a semi-automated machine too, the external help needed to operate the machine will slow down the rate at which the process is being carried on.
Posting an exhaustive list of factors for choosing the right machine isn’t possible, however, I’ve tried to cover the most basic ones. I hope, this post will help you make the right decision.