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The Five Basic Components of an Automatic Packaging Line

July 21, 2013

There are a lot of varieties of packaging equipment and each assortment differs from their specific function making the whole packaging line more productive and efficient. A packaging system can reduce the space used for equipment like filling, capping, and labeling. It doesn’t only reduce the space used in a facility, but it can also minimize the product handling time. It may only take seconds, but in business, every tick of the clock counts. Business owner will be surprised to discover how much time can be saved by merely reducing the distance traveled for each packaging phase. There are actually five basic components completing an automatic packaging line and they are listed below:

filling machines

1.   Bottle Turntable

The bottle turntable allows the laborer to quickly and easily introduce the bottles to the line. The turntable moves the bottle to the conveyor that will be transferred to the filling machine for filling. Bottle turntable comes with different sized tops to handle container sizes. There are also other turntables that make changeover from one container to the other quicker and easier.

2.   Conveyors

From the turntable, the bottles will move down to the power conveyor to be transported to the filling machine for filling, then down to the capping machine for sealing, unto the final step of labeling. Conveyors come from different sizes and can be manufactured using different belting materials like stainless steel.

3.   Liquid Filling Machine

Thin and thick liquids will not make use of the same type of filling machine as they require different filling principle. Piston filler, pump filler, overflow filler, and gravity filler are some of the filling machine’s assortments available in the market. These machines can add up to sixteen fill heads depending on the needs of the production and the desire of the end-user. Filling machine contains a user-friendly touchscreen operator interface, for all the time duration of fill times and index times. When the time duration are all set-up, it will then be saved in the memory device, available for future use.

4.   Capping machines

Once the container has been filled, it will then be transported to the capping machine ready for sealing. There are different types of capping machines. Some of which are chuck capper, spindle capper, snap capper, all of which will be dependent on the type of cap being used.

 5.   Labeling machinery

After sealing the product, the container will again be transported by the power conveyor to the labeling machinery. Labeling machine can apply labels in different ways like front labeling, back labeling and wrap labeling, and more.

The five machines completing the entire automatic packaging line may work for a majority of packaging project; however there may still be adjustments and additional packaging machines to be added like accumulating turntable. After the product has been labeled, the power conveyor will move all the products to the accumulating turntable, the perfect spot for packing station.

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