Process Plant Network has over 2 decades of experience in the food industry and with the help of our team of specialists we can advise you on the best way to move forward.
We have an excellent economical 'Homebrand' iopak range of processing, packaging and material products for all applications and also provide quality used branded machinery,including, well known names like, Anritsu, Kajiwarra,Adco, Safeline, Ausmade, Ishida, Urschel, Kanto, Graco and Toyo to name but a few.
Simple filling, capping, inkjet printers and labelling solutions.
Last time we had a brief introduction into cookers/kettles, conveyors and mixers and there basic functions. Depending on the particular products you intend on making this will ultimately dictate your final machine choices. For this exercise we shall discuss a very simple bottling process including filling, capping and labelling.
The preparation and production of food is an extremely complex one and a wrong decision can very costly. It is imperative to seek advice before proceeding to insure the best outcome.
As with any finished bottled product you need to find a suitable filling solution. Let's look at piston fillers and then Augers. Piston fillers are ideal for,sauces, yogurt, pastes as well as viscous creams.
Piston filling systems offer a vast range of options in terms of capacity and include:
The iopak Rotary Valve Piston Filler (With hopper-pneumatic type) are available in sizes from, 100ml up to 5000ml, with a filling range from 10ml-100ml to 1000ml-5000ml respectively.
iopak Gear Pump Filler,suitable for large volume or high-speed filler, running at150mL/sec. Idea for: Water, low viscosity, less sticky and non-particle liquid filling. This gear pump is suitable for creams lotions, shampoos, sauces etc. without particulates
iopak Peristaltic Pump Filler (Bench top), capacity: 1 - 200 ppm (product dependent) Viscosity Range: 65 - 50,000 cps.
Idea for:honey and oil, sauce, soup and cosmetics.
iopak Servo Driven Auger Filler
Ideal for:powder and grains.
iopak Bench top Semi Automatic Servo Driven Auger Filler.
Ideal for:for micro molecules or powder, (applications vary widely in the food industry)
for products such as milk powder, glucose powder, albumen, coffee, rice powder and seasonings etc.
iopak Smart Lobe Pump Filler with Product Hopper
(Heavier duty - many options available).
Iopak Poppet Valve Piston Filler
Ideal for:is suitable for liquids and non-viscous creams.
For filling larger volume of thin or viscous product, offers a capacity, up to 20 fills/min (Product Dependent) and fill range of, 30 - 20,000 ml. The iopak Smart Lobe Pump Filler with a 40 Lt product hopper. This heavy-duty machine offers many optional extras that you can discuss with one of our sales specialists.
When considering filling powders and grain Auger Fillers are the best choice.
A popular choice is the iopak Weighmetric Servo Driven Auger Filler (with Load cell). With a weigh capacity of 1 - 15 Kg this iopak Auger filler is highly accurate. It does not rely only on the auger, as in most conventional fillers, but utilizes a load cell as well.
Looking to fill, food, medical, pet food, chemicals, fixed quantity packaging for powder and grains material, the iopak Bag or Carton Weigh Filler (dual screw, all s/s) with a size/capacity 10-50kg will literally fit the bill.
So broadly speaking that gives you a very basic idea of the filling systems available. Please note, we are only concerned with basic conceptshereand we will be publishing additional technical information on more complex subjects at a later date.
You have to cap immediately after filling... correct?
The bottleneck caused by hand capping can result in contamination and spoilage, and then you have the added burden of leaking containers.
Let's suppose you are bottling sauces and are now ready to cap and label your product.
We will ignore conveyors and larger systems for the moment, andlook at low volume runse.g. 15 bottles per minute for a cap size of 20-110mm diameter, with a maximum bottle height of 200mm.
The iopak Semi - Automatic Pneumatic Capper isideal for honey, oil, sauce, soup and cosmetics. Small footprint, cyou can sit it on your workbench and it's very simple to operate. Fitted with foot switch, designed to handle 24 different torque combinations.
If you need to move up to a larger capacity, e.g., 40 bottles/min (depend on volume and product) with a cap size: 20 -110mm in diameter the iopak Automatic Servo Driven Cap Tightener will do the job. This capper is more sophisticated offering digital input and many other features.
INK JET PRINTING
It's now time to look at printing the essential information on our bottles.
Certain informationis required by law to be part of the labeling process.
The name and/or description of the food
Identification of the 'lot' number (food recall information)
Name and Australian street address of the supplier of food (food recall information)
List of ingredients
Nutrition information panel (NIP)
Country of origin of the food
Warning and advisory statements
All this information is easily applied with an inkjet printer. The iopak Top-Jet is an affordable is compact, reliable, eco-friendly and printer. It has high resolution and speed,
with stainless steel casing and is very easy to clean, maintain and install.
The final part of this process is labelling. For your bottles you will be using a wrap-around labeller. Once again we can offer a tabletop machine for this purpose.
The iopak Elf-50 Table Top, is a great little workhorse. A most economical and efficient machine in terms of capabilities. This labeller is fast easy to operate and maintain. It is also flexible enough to handle production changes very quickly and simply.
As you can see there are many components to consider even in a very simple setup. We can't stress enough the need to get sound advice before you make any decisions which may ultimately affect the future of your business. Never be afraid to ask, that's what we are here for.
Happy processing and packaging.
Until we meet again, Processman
Process Plant Network showrooms in Dandenong South.
To arrange a trial or ask about a specific product or system requirement, call sales on +61 3 9791 7011.