Vacuum Filling Machines
Vacuum filling machines are an essential part of processing and packaging lines for viscous materials ranging from low viscosity liquids to high viscosity doughs and paste-like meat products.
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How do Vacuum Filling Machines work?
Vacuum filling machines use vacuum pumps to draw viscous products from a tank or through a hopper. The machinery then fills rigid containers with a measured amount of the product, either through a nozzle or a portioning function.
Vacuum filling machinery varies from simple, single nozzle bench-top equipment that is ideal for low-volume producers through to powerful, fully automatic vacuum fillers for high-output, industrial-scale plants.
Product portioning is usually based on volumetric measurement, such as the fill level in a glass or plastic bottle, but weight measurement is also in use for food products. High levels of accuracy are achievable, including the precise filling of small bottles of perfume and essential oils.
Which products is vacuum-filling used for?
Vacuum filling is in widespread use for liquids such as wine, spirits, perfume, essential oils, aromatherapy, cleansers and specialty chemicals, solvents, alcohol, nail polish, nail polish remover, acetone, paints and paint thinners, inks and e-liquids. There are options for filling small bottles as well as larger containers.
The technology is also frequently used for a range of ‘pasty’ food products including sausagemeat and dough. The vacuum filler can be linked to cutting equipment for accurate portioning and to shaping equipment (e.g. for burgers).
Vacuum filling is also capable of gentle product treatment, and with the right feed setup, products are filled in pristine condition. Options include machinery able to handle volatile liquids with appropriate safeguarding, and air-free systems which avoid oxygenation and other harmful effects.
What are the key features of Vacuum Filling Machinery?
Any decision about investment in new vacuum-filling machinery needs to be made on the basis of the product and the throughput you require. Packaging is key too. For liquids this is likely to be glass or plastic bottles, but these could vary from very small containers (e.g. for nail polish) to larger format bottles and rigid cartons.
Due consideration also needs to made about the level of automation and integration that is needed with processing and production lines. Leading suppliers also offer comprehensive control and reporting technology that facilitates effective and efficient management of the machinery, and helps staff to operate at optimum levels.
For drinks and food products, the ability to maintain hygiene and degerminate the equipment is essential. Low viscosity liquids present less of a challenge, but for oils and meat products, the ability to clean equipment thoroughly and regularly is a highly important part of its design.
Attention also needs to be paid to maintenance and down-time, so we advise working with a supplier who can demonstrate high levels of reliability and service support.
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