Custom Packaging System Designs with LPS
Unfortunately, there is no one single packaging line that will work for any and all companies. Instead, packaging lines are designed to work for the product, bottles, caps, space and budget of the individual packager. Learning these and other components of a project help Liquid Packaging Solutions design and build the best line for each packaging project.
The product or products to be prepared on a packaging line will help to decide which type of filling machine will be used in production. Thin products will tend toward both overflow and gravity filling machines, while thicker products, as a general rule, will usually be filled with a piston or pump filler. Corrosive products, flammable products, products filled hot and other unusual characteristics will also affect the design of the machine. Even the manner in which the product is sold, such as by volume or weight, can push packagers toward one filling machine over another.
Bottles and Containers
The size of the containers to be run during production will also influence a packaging system design. From the manner of loading bottles - turntable, laning conveyor, bottle unscrambler - to the conveyor widths, fill and cap areas and other aspects of the line, large and small bottles will help to determine the look of the line. Similarly, plastic versus glass bottles and the shape of the containers may also lead to modifications or custom designs of packaging systems.
The type of caps or closures used for the containers will help to determine the best manner of sealing bottles on a packaging line. Capping machinery is always manufactured for the specific closure to be used. While some closures, such as screw-on type caps, may offer multiple choices (spindle or chuck cappers), other cap types, such as ROPP caps, will always require a specific machine to get the job done.
The amount of space available to package product will also help to determine the type and amount of equipment used for any given project. Small spaces simply will not accommodate large, automatic machinery. In these cases, monoblock systems or even a combination of automatic and semi-automatic equipment may be used to find a solution. On the other hand, simply having an abundance of space will not necessarily mean the biggest or fastest machinery will always be the best for a project. The space will be considered with all other aspects to create the best solution.
Demand & Budget
Of course, a packager with a lower output of products may not need a completely automated system. While a packager preparing tens of thousands of product a day will find little use for a semi-automatic system. LPS products range from simple tabletop models for low output to complete automatic lines for higher ranges of output. Typically, as automation increases, so will the cost of the line, and a packagers budget will always be a component of finding the best solution.
Using all of the pieces above, as well as any other or unique considerations that may arise during a packaging project, LPS works with the packager to find an efficient, reliable solution for preparing product for the shelf. Only after each factor is considered can the best solution be manufactured and delivered to the production floor. For this reason, LPS considers every packaging machine manufactured to be custom manufactured, as it is built to meet the specific needs of the given packaging project.