There’s a wide range of liquid filling machines provided by Flux Pumps, including single-head manually operated filling machines and fully automate multi-head filling systems applying either volumetric piston filling or vacuum level filling technologies. For those who want a liquid filling machine, you’ll realise that there are numerous areas of consideration before getting the most suitable machine for your liquid filling requirements.
However, there are five major things you should know early in the process. These include specific fill volumes, required fill rates, container types, liquid product viscosity, and what kind of filling system and metering truly matches your demands. Use the following blog to fully understand why these five major things are essential when determining a liquid filling solution.
Generally, the first thing in determining a liquid filling solution that suits your needs is understanding your product’s fundamentals. You should identify whether your product is semi-viscous, water-like, or a highly thick, heavy-viscous kind of product. It will help you recognise potential equipment solutions, or even those choices outside the realm of usability because of product viscosity.
This product viscosity can affect a few areas: your fill rate, your type of metering system, and other essential variables within the production equation. Precisely recognising product viscosity is a huge step in the right direction.
It shouldn’t surprise you that among the most important questions when it comes to the production side is, “how many containers would I fill per minute/ hour/ production shift?” Therefore, regardless if a single handheld, semi-automatic system, a fully automated, integrated machine, or an immediate full line automatic solution best suits you to meet your expected rate, there are more variables to consider when discussing fill rates. Fill volumes, container types, liquid viscosities, and the kind of metering system you’re using all affect the overall fill rates.
The container type you are filling is another important consideration when finding your ideal equipment options. In other words, whether you’re filling plastic or glass, square or round, short or tall, stable or unstable bottles, large or small openings, these are only a few questions concerning container type that might affect the design and development of your liquid filling system.
It might sound like an easy job to identify your specific fill volume. However, it is vital when considering other factors such as metering systems, product viscosity, and fill rate. Consequently, based on your industry, you might have different fill accuracy needs that you want to follow in keeping compliant with particular industry standards. So, having a good grasp of your industry requirements and your required fill volumes are essential to your overall production success.
Generally speaking, there is a wide range of metering and liquid filling systems. In most cases, the type of metering system (such as flow, peristaltic, piston, etc.) that you pick will depend on different variables, including fill rates, accuracy requirements, fill volumes, and product viscosity, to mention a few. Furthermore, your specified changeover times from a particular recipe to the next might also influence your choice of pump options.
What’s more, there are different types of liquid filling equipment. These include
- Fully automatic, integrated Monoblocs
- Intermediate, full line automatic systems
- Semi-automatic, single handheld benchtop machines
Whether automatic or manual, a liquid filling system can be applied for a wide range of products. This varies from medicine to petrol and tomato paste. There is actually a liquid filling system that is specifically designed for each need. What’s more, these machines have a highly flexible price range since manual systems might range from £400- £1000. On the other hand, automatic systems might be a bit more expensive, with a price tag of up to £10,000.