Packaging Personal Care Products
Unlike industries such as Bottled Water, where the product and even the bottle do not change much from packager to packager, personal care products contain a variety of different liquids and packages that are used for a number of different purposes. Products themselves can be thin viscosity, such as lotions, mouthwash and even perfumes or colognes, or they can include thicker products such as toothpaste, fingernail polish or even some shampoos and conditioners. The variation in products in this industry means that a single packaging machine or packaging line will not work for a majority of personal care packaging projects. Instead, each project will typically require a unique solution following an in-depth analysis of product, package, production rate and other factors.
For example, there are four main machine designs that make up a majority of the bottle fillers manufactured by Liquid Packaging Solutions for all projects. Generally speaking, these include gravity and overflow fillers for thin products along with piston and pump fillers for thicker, higher viscosity products. If someone mentions they are in the bottled water industry, it would not be a stretch to immediately assume the company would use an overflow filler, though exceptions do exist. However, each and every one of the bottle fillers mentioned above can be found in the personal care industry for different products and projects. So knowing that a packager works with a personal care product has little value as a machinery manufacturer and additional information will be necessary before making any assumptions!
Continuing with the above comparison, bottled water will almost always use a simple flat cap to seal containers, meaning that a spindle or chuck capping machine will be used almost exclusively in the industry. While personal care products may also use variations of a screw-on type cap, such as flip tops on shampoo or pumps on soaps, other products, such as perfumes that use a bottle stopper type closure, may vary from the simple screw-on closure. Another example would be labeling machinery, where bottled water typically uses a wrap label around a plastic 16.9 ounce bottle, personal care products can be packaged in containers large and small with wrap, front and back, panel or other label applicaton techniques.
So generally speaking, packaging machinery for personal care products will vary greatly depending on the type of products being packaged. While LPS can offer a generic or standard packaging line as a starting point that will work for most bottled water lines, the same can not be said for the personal care industry. Many different solutions can be designed for this industry and a more thorough look at the specific product, package, needs and desires of the packager will be needed before even a starting point can be drawn up for the ideal packaging solution for each individual project.
To learn more about the packaging machinery available for your own project, call the LPS offices to speak with a Packaging Specialist today.