Minimum Space Requirements Needed for a Tabletop Packaging System
Not all products arrive on the shelf from a spacious warehouse or production facility with nearly unlimited space. When it comes to craft products, regional producers or packagers that produce a limited number of products per year, space may be limited. In other words, not every packager has the room, or the need, to install and employ a fully automatic packaging line to fill, cap and otherwise prepare their products. For packagers with limited space, Liquid Packaging Solutions offers a variety of alternatives, some with a very small footprint.
Tabletop packaging equipment, as the name suggests, simply requires a tabletop to set up the equipment to prepare products. Tabletop machines can also do almost anything that the automatic machines can do as well, though not quite as fast, making the machines ideal for packagers with low to medium output needs.
Tabletop filling equipment, for example, can fill product using just about every principle used by automatic machines. Tabletop overflow fillers fill to a level, allowing packagers with clear on nearly clear containers to create an aesthetic line when their products hit the shelves. Tabletop gravity fillers provide an accurate volumetric fill, while their piston and pump counterparts provide an accurate fill for thicker, more viscous products.
Tabletop capping machines can be built to handle just about any type of closure. From chuck cappers for screw-on caps to tabletop ROPP and snap capping machines. Even bottle corkers can be manufactured to work on a tabletop. Each machine built for a packager will handle the closure type or types used for their specific project, and each tabletop machine will provide a reliable, consistent manner of tightening or sealing containers.
The main difference between the tabletop equipment and fully automatic equipment, other than the size, is the need for operator interaction. Tabletop machinery will require an operator to interact with the equipment for each bottle to be filled, capped or otherwise prepared. For instance, an operator will place bottles under fill heads on the machine, which can use multiple heads, and then activate the fill via a switch, usually a footswitch. Once the bottles are filled, the operator will remove the bottles and repeat the process.
Tabletop equipment offers smaller packagers the ability to consistently rinse, fill, cap and prepare products in a cost-efficient and reliable manner. To learn more about tabletop packaging equipment and how they can help your packaging process, contact LPS today at 219-393-3600.