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May 7, 2012
Seven tips for buying liquid
filling equipment
by Brian Kelly, Contributing Editor
There are several things to keep in mind when selecting liquid fillers to ensure the right fit for your application:
1. Understand how the machine might affect product characteristics. You need to think about the impact of the filler on the product you’re packaging. The state or viscosity of the liquid can be inadvertently changed, based solely on the construction of the equipment. For example, running a liquid through extra elbows, pipes, and pumps can change the viscosity, resulting in a liquid that is much too thin. High speeds can also impact some products negatively; you need to keep the product characteristics front-of-mind when selecting equipment.

2. Look at ease of cleaning. Pay attention to the cleanability of equipment. When filling bottles, keeping the nozzle clean is of primary importance to good manufacturing practices. Simpler design is better: make sure the equipment doesn’t have nooks and crannies that can harbor microorganisms.

3. Think about lightweighting. Plastic bottle lightweighting continues to be a major trend, and with cost and sustainability advantages, this trend isn’t going away anytime soon. So be sure to look for unscrambling and filling technologies that will accommodate progressively thinner bottles…

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Case study
One can line begets another
Oriental Brewery was so pleased with the turnkey, high-speed, highly automated can line it installed last year, it's installing a near twin this year.
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New Equipment
Nalbach Engineering Co. Telesonic Packaging Corp. Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery, Inc.
Bottle orientor for asymmetric bottles Side-seal shrink wrapper Filler combination system
Omega Design Corp. Industrial Dynamics/filtec A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.
Bottle unscrambler accommodates serialization Pressure/leak detector High-level bulk depalletizer
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At Siscodata’s Ipack-Ima booth, a pick-and-place robot was on display whose key operating principle relies on Bernoulli’s Principle rather than vacuum pick up, which means it can pick up a donut with a hole in the middle as well as other products that are difficult to pick with a vacuum end effector.
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