Navigating the liquid filling machine marketplace can sometimes feel overwhelming. This is why working with the liquid filling experts at Filamatic can help you find the best machines for your production needs. As you browse the many options on the market, ask yourself the following questions to guide your search for the ideal filling machine for your business.
What Are The Characteristics of Your Product?
Ask yourself what your liquid product’s properties are. What is the viscosity? Thicker liquids or creams, compared to watery fluids, will move very differently through different nozzles and pumps. If you have a product with particulates, a piston or pump filler may be most suitable.
What Type of Container Are You Filling?
Next, ask what type of container your product will fill. Is it plastic, glass, or aluminum? What is the shape? The materials, width, and shape of your containers will influence which filling machines and conveyor systems will suit your products best.
How Fast Should Your Bottles Filled?
You can search for a bottle-per-hour or bottle-per-minute fill rate depending on your expected production rates. When selecting your filling machines, don’t forget to plan with your future production needs in mind. It is always easier to buy with future growth in mind rather than attempt to upgrade too-small equipment after the fact.
What Level of Automation is Appropriate?
There are three levels of automation you can select for liquid filling machines. Manual machines are meant to handle low production rates and are the most space-efficient. These are only best for hobbyists or small companies that don’t plan to expand.
Semi-automatic filling machines can produce bottles faster but require some manual operation. These machines are often best for small to medium-sized businesses that plan to grow. Automatic filling machines are powerhouses, ideal for large-scale companies with high production rates. These machines require the most floor space but function with little to no manual operation.
Do You Fill By Level or Volume?
Are you filling your machines by liquid level or specific volumes? Liquid-level fillers fill each bottle to the same level, meaning the bottles look uniform even if there are slight differences in actual volume. Liquid level filling machines often use pressure-overflow fillers, which have a fast fill rate and can handle a range of viscosities.
Volumetric filling machines come in a few varieties: gravity-fed fillers, pump fillers, and piston fillers. Each of these machines is best for unique kinds of fluids and fills the bottle to reach a precise volume. Gravity-fed fillers work well with low-viscosity or frothy liquids; piston fillers work with either thin or thick liquids; pump fillers are best for very viscous products.
What Support Does My Manufacturer Offer?
The key to maintaining high-quality liquid filling machines is working with a manufacturer that provides services beyond the initial purchase. At Filamatic, our customer service is a key component of what we can provide to your business. We offer:
- Equipment Assessments
- Site Preparation for New Filling Machines
- Equipment Commissioning
- Installation and Start-Up
- Preventative Maintenance
You can make sure you select the best liquid filling machines with excellent durability when you purchase from Filamatic.
Specialists in Liquid Filling Systems
For over 70 years, FILAMATIC has provided a wide range of liquid filling machines to the packaging market. We create flexible, customized solutions for every stage of your business growth. Whether you require a single machine, a complete turnkey fill-cap-label solution, or a fully automated, integrated Monobloc system, we have the liquid filling experience for your project.
For more information on liquid filling, capping, and labeling solutions, please call 866.258.1914 or visit – www.filamatic.com/contact-us.