Tabletop Filling Machines from Liquid Packaging Solutions
While automatic liquid fillers make up a large part of the work done on the production floor at Liquid Packaging Solutions, the smaller version of this packaging machine does not fall too far behind. From food and beverages to cosmetics, cleaners, perfumes and more, many packagers serve a local or regional market. For many of these companies, the output of product in any given time simply doesn't justify the use of a fully automatic packaging system. Startup companies may also have a desire to go global, but may not begin with a production demand that would warrant automatic equipment. Finally, even some bigger companies may have special product runs, for holidays or other promotions, that can be prepared using a smaller system while not interrupting the normal production run of their various products. Whatever the case, tabletop filling machines can be an ideal solution for companies both large and small.
Manual labor constitutes the main difference between automatic and semi-automatic bottle fillers. While an operator may set up an automatic filler and supervise the machine as part of a complete system, the operator of an automatic bottle filler will not be involved in each and every fill cycle. Instead, power conveyors, PLC's, sensors, timers and other components work to continuously fill bottles as they travel down the conveyor system. With a tabletop liquid filler, the operator will typically handle bottles with each cycle, lining the containers up under the fill head. Once in place, the operator will also activate the fill cycle by stepping on a foot switch or pressing a finger switch. Once filled, the same operator will remove the bottles from the fill area and repeat the process.
Tabletop filling machines can use the same fill principles found on their automatic counterparts, including the overflow principle to fill to a level and gravity or piston to fill by volume, among others. Also like their automatic counterparts, tabletop machines can usually be upgraded to grow with a company. The simple upgrade will involve the addition of fill heads up to a specific limit, depending on the type of liquid filler used for the project. So a packager that starts with a two head machine can effectively double their output by adding an additional two heads as production demand increases! Tabletop fillers can also work in tandem with other packaging machinery, such as rinsing, capping and labeling equipment, to create a compact, yet still efficient, packaging system that can be run by one or multiple operators.
Tabletop, and other semi-automatic filling machines, offer an efficient solution for those packagers that have low to medium production demands, without sacrificing the reliability or consistency associated with automatic packaging lines. Products can range from free-flowing to highly viscous, allowing for a wide range of applications. To learn more about the different types of tabletop filling machines available, browse the Filling Machinery section of the LPS website or call toll free to speak with an LPS representative today.