Packaging Line Layouts and Line Direction
Line Layouts and Line Directions
With so many different things to consider when setting up a packaging line, the obvious sometimes gets overlooked. The Packaging Specialists at Liquid Packaging Solutions will ensure that this does not happen. For example, many people will have to stop and consider the question of line direction. Should your bottles feed into the liquid fillers, capping machinery and labeling equipment from the right side or the left side? This will depend on how your packaging line will be laid out in your facility.
Imagine a square room with a loading and unloading dock on the south side of the room. A complete, automated packaging line may start in the southwest corner of the room, run to the northwest corner, across the north wall and return down the east wall to the loading and unloading dock.
Assuming each packaging machine in the diagram is against the wall facing toward the middle of the room, the bottles, fed into the unscrambler, will enter each packaging machine on the left hand side of the machine and exit on the right hand side of the machine. This is known as a left-to-right feed. Even as the bottles change direction moving after moving through the container cleaning equipment and the liquid filler, they continue to feed into the capping machinery and the labelers from the left to the right.
The rinsing machine and liquid filling machine sit on the inside of a racetrack type of belt conveyor system. As bottles enter these machines, they move from left to right. The belt conveyor system then redirects containers around a curved conveyor section and down a length where the capping machinery and labeling equipment sit on the outside of the racetrack-type conveyor. The capper and labeler will need to be set up for a right-to-left bottle feed. Again, note the importance of understanding your facility and your needs before beginning the manufacturing of the packaging equipment.