In part one of our 7 step guide to investing in liquid filling equipment, we asked the obvious question: does your company need a filling machine? If the answer is yes, it’s time to consider your options – which model is right for you?
Liquid filling equipment can be either automatic, or semi-automatic – and, when it comes to choosing between the two, quantity is usually the deciding factor.
For small-to-medium batch sizes and shorter runs, semi-automatic machinery is probably the best option…
Semi-Automatic Filling Machinery
- Bench top fillers: compact and affordable, for small batch sizes. 100ml – 1.1l fill range.
- Single and twin head fillers: for slightly larger batches. 250ml – 5l fill range.
- Boom arm fillers: for medium batches. 5l – 1000l fill range.
A Karmelle twin head filler is capable of filling 12 – 16 containers per-minute*
Pros: Affordable, easy to operate, smaller footprint.
Cons: Not suitable for larger volumes, require an operator.
If you are producing larger quantities of product on a daily basis, however, it might be worth investing in fully automatic filling equipment…
Automatic Filling Machinery
- Linear, multiple head filling machines (up to 12 heads).
- Flowmeter filling machines.
- Monoblock filling machines.
- Rotary filling machines (as many filling heads as required).
An 8 head Karmelle filler is capable of filling 20 – 24 containers per minute*
Pros: Modular (extra heads can be added if production increases), capable of handling large volumes.
Cons: More expensive than semi-automatic machinery, longer lead-times.
When choosing between automatic and semi-automatic machinery, it’s important to consider your company’s unique filling needs; a high-speed machine, capable of handling large batches, might sound great – but are you producing enough to justify the investment?
If you’re still not sure whether you need semi-automatic filling equipment, we can help. Talk to the Karmelle team on 01484 533356, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can even call into our West Yorkshire workshop; the kettle’s always on!