We understand the importance of focusing on sanitation, and durability when working with foods and sauces. Let our experienced sales and engineering teams work with you to develop a solution that will fit your liquid food and sauce bottling machinery needs.
VKPAK manufactures a complete range of sanitary filling systems to meet the needs of those working with foods and sauces. Our filling machines are available in all sanitary designs featuring quick disconnect valves, tri-clamp fittings, and sanitary tubing. Sanitary pumps are also available for applications using viscous products.
Note: VKPAK provides bottle filling equipment for liquid food products. For example, jam, honey, cooking oil, salad dressing, etc.
To maximize production efficiency, many are turning to high-capacity and more automated equipment that provides this flexibility. Still top of mind, though, are accuracy, minimizing product waste, reducing changeover times and simplifying sanitation. Liquid food filling equipment providers are working to meet all these needs and more.
Designing a food filling line: Product is king
When picking a specific filling machine, a good place to start is to know the exact characteristics of the liquid product. Is it a free-flowing liquid? This might work better with a timed-flow fill machine where the same volume of product is delivered each cycle. What if the product is more viscous? For that, a positive displacement liquid filler might be the way to go.
Product specification is the most important parameter that we, at VKPAK, need in order to identify a suitable piece of filling equipment for our customers; We are talking about product characteristics, such as filling temperature, particulates, tendency of the product to splash or froth, etc.
If a company is trying to food into containers, VKPAK would suggest servo-driven filling machines with full-metal pistons. This type of equipment helps address precision in filling a product that is highly viscous and particulate rich, but also avoids weight fluctuations or overfill issues.
For products that need special attention paid to minimizing microorganisms and ensuring food safety, such as juices, hot-fill technology for hygienic bottles will be needed.
Products like creams or oily dressings can only be dosed with a specific dosing station, for example, linear piston, Otherwise, the rotary movement in standard dosing stations could damage the product, or the pump design could separate the oil from the base product.
Food product and container versatility
Because of the wide variety of products being packaged at plants, more processors are looking for fillers that can handle multiple concepts. Equipment providers understand this, but might not be able to deliver a panacea yet. Need to recommend the right machine for different containers
Accuracy and efficiency
Having properly filled containers is one of the key elements to ensure product quality and control giveaway. Under-filled bottles, at best, can result in consumer complaints and, at worst, can land a company in court. However, overfilling can be costly and wasteful. This means a filler must be accurate and consistently maintain that accuracy over the years.
Accuracy is a function of many different parts of the filler, In other words, the machine must be robust to fulfill the criteria most important for processors, which are uptime and maximizing operational throughput with minimal maintenance.
Because the filling accuracy depends on so many factors, such as technology used and varying product characteristics, one method to improve performance is increasing automation. VKPAK recommends using programmable logic controllers (PLCs) that control and consistently make adjustments to the filling parameters and product flow.
VKPAK offer increased filling speeds by employing an advanced algorithm to monitor the filing cycle for greater accuracy and a new filling valve utilizing servo motors for increased efficiencies and precise filling. Additionally, this precision helps eliminate product waste by ensuring no overfilling or overflow of product. This not only saves money by saving product, but it also reduces maintenance expenses associated with cleaning the machine and the area surrounding the machine.
Minimizing changeover time through hygienic design
With many processors increasing the variety of products to fill, minimizing cleaning and changeover time continues to be a major focus. Fillers with automatic clean-in-place (CIP) capabilities have long been identified as a way to speed up the cleaning process.
Even though filling machines are trending toward more automation, equipment must be easy for operators to use. More attention is being paid to designing intuitive human machine interface (HMI) with panels that are easier to use and read.
VKPAK is using touchscreens with features designed to make operators’ jobs easier, like including FAQ sections and using more graphical representations. This helps operators monitor performance more closely and prevent potential downtime.
VKPAK offer bottling packaging solution for food, sauce and beverage bottling solution, such as juice, tomato sauce, other type of food sauce, honey, ketchup, vegetable oil, olive oil and so on.
VKPAK design the full packaging bottling line according to customer requirements , factory layout and products specifications. our goal is helping customer saving cost, increase the capacity base on same cost, reasonable design and more efficient.
During the past 10 years, VKPAK designed and supplied many bottling lines in food industry, now we take the sauce bottling packaging line for examples.
- The food sauce glass jar or pet bottle bottling line including Jar automatic feeding table or turntable, automatic jar air washing machine, sterilization tunnel UV types, automatic jar or bottle capping machine (the caps will also be sterilization before capping), automatic sauce filling machine, automatic labeling system, date printer (laser printer or ink printer for option) and cartoning system.
- The full line capacity is range from 800b/hour to 10,000b/hour.
- For different types of sauce, we have different solution, also the machine functions will be different, such as heating, mixing, CIP system. and the most important is the CIP system, VKPAK designed the Sauce filling machine with automatic washing and CIP system which can connect with the CIP tank for cleaning in place, all control by PLC, full automatic, which can gurantee the sauce or other food products meets the FDA standard or GMP requirements. and the full bottling line is no dead corner, especially the filling system.
- For different type of sauce, honey or juice, the filling system also will be different, VKPAK designed different types of filler, such as piston pump filler, lobe pump filler, gravity filler, flow meter filler.
In conclusion, Easy clean designs, wash down, CIP systems and drip free operation are critical factors when packing liquid food products. Machines must be easy to clean and sterilise between batches and all components in contact with the product must be manufactured using FDA certified materials. Special hose and seal materials avoid bug traps.
From free flowing wines, spirits and vinegars through to viscous syrups and food products containing solids such as pasta sauces, jams and chutneys, our range of machines will be able to handle most liquid food products from 5ml up to 5 litres as standard.
Screw on, twist on, push on and ROPP caps can all be accommodated on our range of capping machines.
VKPAK can also supply labelling, coding, induction heat sealing and sleeving systems from our carefully chosen business partners to provide our clients with turnkey solutions.