One need only to take a short walk down the aisle of any given grocery store to realize that people like bottles. Ideally, bottles are sanitary, secure, and strong enough to hold their contents, as well as provide years of preservation to the proper liquid or solid content. Bottles ensure that their contents retain their purity and volume, allowing for superior quality control and better public health in nations across the world.
Quality control goes hand-in-hand with machinery and filling bottles is no exception. Filling machines, or fillers, are devices used for packaging. They work by filling vessels and ejecting them onto another conveyor belt for sealing. Filling machines can be made for both bottles and pouches, depending on the intended contents.
The Good in the Machine
One type of filling machine is the auger/agitator. Auger/agitator filling machines are made for the filling of dry mixes, such as baking soda or sugar. They operate through the mix being placed in a cone-shaped hopper and an auger screw shifts the mix into a pouch. Heaters then seal the pouch made of paper or poly formed into a collar.
Another filling machine is the flow filling machine. Flow filling machines work with liquids and thin food products. The product in need of bottling is held in a product tank, held within by an electronically activated pneumatic valve. The machine then fills its designated containers (bottles or tubs) and transfers them to a new machine for sealing.
These machines are what enable human civilization to produce massive amounts of durable food goods that are ready for long-term storage without fear of contamination by fungi, bacteria, poison, broken glass, or any other ambient threat. Even if they are underappreciated, these machines tirelessly work to ensure good health and marketability. Filling machines perform their tasks quickly and efficiently, allowing for rapid mass production of bottled material.