Packaging Made Easy with Bottle Fillers and Bottle Cappers
Whether you are packaging a few hundred bottles weekly or thousands a day, bottle fillers and cappers from Liquid Packaging Solutions can help with efficiency, reliability and consistency when it comes to preparing your product. Both bottle fillers and bottle cappers are available in different levels of automation, from simple, space saving tabletop machines to completely automatic inline equipment. Below we take a look at some of the many standard features of filling and capping machines.
Bottle Filling Machines
Bottle fillers can handle products both thick and thin, whether the tabletop version, automatic version or anything in between. Tabletop fillers typically use anywhere from one to six fill heads with simple foot or finger switch operation. Generally speaking, the operator places containers under the fill heads, then presses the switch to activate the fill. Fills may be completed with simple timers, and overflow principle or through other desired methods. Adjustments for different bottle heights and widths are usually accomplished with hand cranks or fingertip adjustable knobs.
Automatic filling machines will introduce indexing to the process, removing the need for the operator to place containers for each fill cycle. In most cases, a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) will allow for the input of all delay and duration times necessary to complete the fill, completed on a simple touchscreen interface. Power height adjustment also comes standard on most automatic fillers and adjustments for bottles will consist mainly of fingertip knobs on the bottle filler and the conveyor rails.
From tabletop to automatic fillers, and everything in between, these machines allow for repeatable fills on each and every bottle. Whether by volume, level, net weight or some other measurement, filling equipment not only speeds up the process, but ensures consistency through the repeatable process.
Bottle Capping Machines
Capping bottles by hand can lead to loose caps, cross threads or even overly-tightened caps, while also causing fatigue and injury to those sealing the bottles. Bottle cappers can remove the inconsistency regardless of the type of cap being used for the packaging project. Just like bottle fillers, capping machines can be manufactured as simple tabletop machinery or as automatic, inline equipment.
Tabletop bottle cappers also require recurring assistance from an operator. Tabletop equipment will usually require the operator to place the cap on the bottle, then move the combination of container and closure under the capping head. Once in place, a foot or finger switch will be used to activate the sealing process. Simple cranks and fingertip knobs again allow for the capping of a variety of container sizes and shapes.
Automatic capping machines will add a power conveyor and a cap delivery system to the machinery to once again minimize the need for an operator for each and every sealing cycle. With automatic bottle cappers, the operator will supply bulk closures to the cap delivery system, which will be delivered and placed on the container prior to entering the capping area. Power height is once again standard and other adjustments to features such as stabilizing belts or tightening spindles will be achieved with simple knobs or cranks.
Different types of capping machines will be used for different types of closures. For example, spindle cappers and chuck capping machines will be used for screw-on type closures, while different types of bottle cappers will be manufactured for corks, ROPP caps and snap on caps.
Of course, every bottle filler and capper may be manufactured slightly different from the last, in order to achieve the necessary goals of each and every packaging project! Differences in bottles, caps, product and more can lead to slight modifications of the machinery. To learn more about any of the equipment manufactured by Liquid Packaging Solutions, browse the desired category on our website or call to speak with a representative today.