There are several different filling technologies available on the market today. No two technologies are the same due to the fact that each technology has been developed on a slightly different scientific principle. Therefore no two technologies have the same characteristics, which means some methods are better for filling certain types of products than others. Determining which technology is best suited for your product is also dependent upon the characteristics of the product as well as other attributes such as the container size and shape, filling speed requirements, hygienic needs, fill volume, sensitivity, and more, not the least of which can be the cost of the technology.
Some products lend themselves better to one technology over another and the choice is clear. While there are other products where the choice is not as easy. This is when you need to prioritize your needs and determine which technology is the best choice based on many different factors. There are times when the strengths and weaknesses of each technology are dependent upon the characteristics of the product.
Deciding the best filling technology for a particular application may seem like a daunting task but once you understand the basic characteristics it becomes easier to determine which technology is best suited for a particular application.
As you can see from the chart, for most situations the optimal choice is a Net Weight Filler.
|Electronic Net Weight Filler||Level Control Filler||Volumetric Piston Filler||Flowmeter System Filler|
|Aereted Products||No influence on net weight||Influence on level after filling||Influence on actual filled quantity||Influence on filled quantity|
|Temperature Variations||No influence on net weight||No control of actual quantity||Viscosity changes aspiration rate||Influence on flow rate and filled volume|
|Viscosity||No influence on filling and accuracy||Not suitable for high viscosity products||Quick wearing of gaskets and mechanical parts||Limitations of handing high viscosity products|
|Abrasive Products||Ideal solution, no mechanical friction||Not suitable, particles may obstruct tubes||No suitable, particles wear cylinders||Not suitable, particles may obstruct tubes|
|Foamy Products||No foaming||The turbulence created by the system increases foam||Not suitable for foamy products, pressure in piston increases foam||Velocity and vibration of product increase the foam|
|Shear Sensitive Products||No filling bottlenecks that can crush products and alter quality||Product is subject to turbulence||Product is subject to friction and turbulence||Product is subject to turbulence and magnetic field|
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