Packaging Machinery for Larger Containers
Though container sizes and shapes can vary greatly from project to project, a majority of packaging projects will include what might be called standard container sizes for the industry, such as 16 ounces of bottled water or a gallon of bleach or laundry detergent. From time to time, however, and in certain industries, large pails, buckets and other containers must be prepared for the shelf. In these cases, custom equipment will usually be designed and built for the packager.
There are simple solutions for filling larger containers. One being getting larger nozzles and the other being just accepting a longer fill time. However, when dealing with the largest of large containers, these solutions cause the efficiency of the packaging process to take a hard hit! For pails, buckets and other big containers, the fill process will typically be designed and manufactured to fit the project. Sometimes the design will be as simple as a custom nozzle, while other times the machine as a whole will be redesigned to handle the large container, depending on other factors such as space, speed and simple packager desire.
Many larger containers are pails, buckets or five gallon bottles. In almost all cases with these larger containers, the lids will be pressed or snapped in to place. Liquid Packaging Solutions actually manufactures a Pail Lid Presser, though the machine can take on many forms depending on the actual container being sealed. However, just like the filling machine, larger unique packages, custom design and manufacture of a capping and sealing may be necessary and will be completed on a case-by-case basis. Also, principles other than snap capping can be built for large containers.
Labeling machines will be built to apply the labels in a certain manner. With large containers, the first consideration will be how the label is placed on the bottle, whether a wrap, front and back or panel. From there, the size of the labels will determine if the machine will need to be custom built to cater to the labels being used. Note, however, that custom labeling machines can be built to handle more than one application type. For example, one machine could be built to handle wrap and front and back labeling with some changeover, depending again on the specific project.
Of course, other packaging machinery may also require custom manufacturing when larger containers are in play. Conveyors, for example, may require more width that normal, or even more guide railing to keep containers stable. In each case, the packaging process as a whole will be considered to find a consistent, reliable and efficient solution for projects with large containers.