Filling Machines and Equipment for Petroleum Products

Filling Machines and Equipment for Petroleum Products

For most people, the term petroleum products will initially bring to mind a big barrel of oil, or perhaps a smaller container of motor oil.  Of course, there is a large market for packaging machinery for motor oil.  However, petroleum based products can include much more than motor oil - from  dyes, inks and soaps to caulks and creams.  These products can vary in consistency and demand, which in turn means that the equipment used to package these products will also vary.

Where viscosity varies, so does the filling equipment used to package the different products.  The filling machines used to package petroleum based products literally run the gamut.  Packagers of free-flowing products like some dyes and inks may fill product using an overflow or gravity filler.  While more dense, or thick, products may take advantage of a piston filler or pump filling machine.  In other words, there is no one single filling machine that will work best for all petroleum products, instead, the best solution will be reached by taking into account a number of different factors, including the product viscosity.

Putting the product into the bottle or other container, though, is only one step toward packaging petroleum products.  On an automated packaging system, the bottles need to move from one machine to the next.  Power conveyor systems for petroleum products, like the filling machines, can take on various forms.  Low profile conveyors work well with automatic systems because of their compact design.  Some facilities may prefer C-Frame or Sanitary Style Stainless Steel conveyors as well.  Loading and unloading of product from an automatic line may utilize both loading and accumulating turntables, for empty bottles and finished product, respectively.  Again, because of the variety of petroleum based products, the conveyors and turntables used can take on many different sizes and forms.

Capping machines and labeling machines help to seal and promote these products and this equipment will also vary from project to project with petroleum products.  Capping machine options will be limited by the type of cap being used.  Spindle and chuck cappers offer alternatives for screw on type caps.  These two bottle cappers are probably the most popular for petroleum products, though some will use snap cappers or custom capping equipment.  Labeling machines can be used to apply labels in a number of different fashions, including wrap, top and bottom, front and back or, popular with motor oils, three panel formats.  The choice of labeler will depend on the package itself and how the product is to be presented to the consumer.

As alluded to above, all of the equipment discussed can be used on an automated packaging system to meet higher product demands.  But the filling machine, capping machine and labeling equipment can also be manufactured as semi-automatic or tabletop machinery as an efficient yet affordable solution for those packaging petroleum products with a lesser production demand.  The machinery used to package these products can be built to meet the needs of the packager, rather than forcing the packager to adjust to the equipment available.