Single Operator Semi-Automatic Packaging Systems
Just like automatic machinery that will typically use one operator to set the equipment up and monitor the system, semi-automatic packaging systems can be manufactured for a single operator. However, the operator will be much more involved in the process with each bottle filled, capped, labeled or otherwise packaged.
Of course, automated packaging lines will produce more finished product than semi-automatic machinery, but semi-automatic lines can be built to allow a single operator to handle all of the packaging processes. Take for example a beverage packager with very limited space along with limited labor. The packager could first rinse bottles with a semi-automatic rinser. This machine could sit next to a table to allow the operator to manual place bottles, step on a foot switch and rinse containers prior to the fill.
Upon removing bottles from the rinser, the same operator could place the bottles under the nozzles of a tabletop overflow filler. Pressing a finger switch will activate the fill and product flows in to the bottles. With a screw on type cap, the bottles can slide from under the fill nozzles and a manual chuck capper can then be used to consistently and reliably tighten the closures.
Tabletop and semi-automatic labelers are also available that would allow the operator to place the bottles in position to receive a wrap or or other format of pressure sensitive label. So, while the operator could only perform one packaging process at a time - rinse, fill, cap or label - the machinery could be set up in a small space to allow the same operator to move from one function to the next with ease.
Of course, there are many different ways to set up semi-automatic machines and also many different ways to get more production out of those machines. Additional operators could be used on the example above to allow bottles to be continuously rinsed, filled, capped and labeled at the same time. Having one operator for each station would allow more output. Semi-automatic machines can also be built on the same frame as automatic machinery to allow a packager to ultimately upgrade to autoamtic production.
So while one-man, semi-automatic systems can be set up for packagers with limited runs or lower production demands, these systems can also be built to grow with the packager. From simple tabletop machinery to more sophisticated semi-automatic equipment, the best solution will always be determined by the needs of the specific packager and project. To learn more about semi-automatic packaging options, browse the Liquid Packaging Solutions website or contact the LPS office today.