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What Machines are Used in the Juice and Beverage Industry?

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In the realm of liquid filling equipment, there are a range of different machines that fulfill the needs of many different industries. If you work in the juice industry, you know that there are specific needs that you have to meet in order to ensure your product is of the best possible quality once it hits shelves.

Getting those needs met is simple, however, when you use high quality machinery. If you’re building a new packaging line or replacing what you’ve got going—maybe your current line is not fully automatic, for instance—you’ll need a variety of machines in order to get the process completed.

Before and During Filling

Before you start filling machines, you’ll need bottle cleaners. These are used to eliminate and remove dust and other small particles from glass, metal and plastic bottles prior to filling. These particles, which contaminate product, accumulate during shipping or storage, and need to be removed before any food product or consumable is filled into the bottle. The way these machines work is by passing bottles through a vortex curtain of ionized air, which neutralizes the static charge that attracts dust and other debris to the surface of the bottle. Then, a vacuum is inserted to remove the loosened particles, which leaves behind a bottle that is clean and ready to be filled. Of course, the next step requires a conveyer belt to transport the clean bottles to a liquid filling machine, where they are then filled. So for before and during filling, you’ll need a bottle cleaner, a conveyer and some type of liquid filling machine. There are a number of filling machines to pick from, such as gravity fillers, piston fillers, pressure fillers, molten fillers, overflow fillers and more.

After Filling

After the liquid has been filled into the cleaned bottles, you’ll need to do two things, generally—cap or seal the bottles, then put a label on them. There are a few different machines to choose from for actually capping the bottles—wheel pluggers, chuck cappers, spindle cappers, and snap cappers are what actually place the caps onto the containers, so you’ll need to choose one of those. There are also cap sorters, which orient the lids to the proper position so that they are ready to be placed onto bottles. As for labeling, these are useful for affixing a sticker of some sort that tells your customer what is in the package or bottle.

All of the different container sizes and shapes we see and use in our everyday lives are entirely based on the needs of the products they hold. There is capping equipment that fits virtually any bottle and container size, from hourglass-shaped containers to cylinders.

These containers use caps of various shapes, materials and sizes to complement them, and packaging lines rely on certain types of cappers to provide a custom fit. Depending on the type of packaging line and the product undergoing the packaging process, different capping machines are required, including:

  • Chuck cappers
  • Spindle cappers
  • Snap cappers
  • Cap sorters
  • Cap elevators

Capping to Meet Safety Requirements

Many beverage caps have an underlining seal cap that protects the product against tampering and helps to lock in the freshness. In fact, certain caps warn people not to use the product if the seal under the cap is torn or missing.

Manufacturing companies know how vital it is to prepare their products for consumer use, and do everything possible to make sure each bottle and container is sealed and packaged with optimum safety and quality in mind.

Capping equipment utilizes many types of caps to sufficiently seal products across a wide variety of industries, including beverages, health products, cosmetics, and food.

How Does Capping Equipment Work?

A bottle capping machine makes caps to fit different beverages. Wider caps are used to seal and package 46-64 ounce juice containers, ensuring that the contained juice does not spill. These caps snap and seal containers with the use of a special capper machine to do that specific kind of job.

Other capping equipment is used to carefully seal and package smaller beverage bottles, including water and soda bottles. These smaller tops are screwed and tightened as they go through the production process. Other types of caps are used for certain beverages as well, such as metal crimped caps for glass beer bottles.

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Whether for beverages or other products, chuck cappers, spindle cappers, snap cappers and other capping machines are designed to maintain efficiency in most types of production lines. Capping equipment is the fastest and most effective way for companies to seal their bottles and containers in preparation for distribution to the consumer market, as one of the final steps in liquid packaging.

Capping machines provide high-quality seals while helping operators maintain optimal productivity.

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