Types of Filling Machines: The Most Comprehensive Explanation

In order to better explain the types of filling machines, we need to clarify one thing: Different classification standards can lead to different types of filling machines being identified.

This article will be from the following standards to the filling machine classification:

1. Degree of Filling Automation

Manual Filling Machine
A manual filling machine is a type of filling machine that is operated by hand, rather than by an automatic or semi-automatic process. It is typically used for small-scale production or for filling products that are not suitable for automated filling methods.

Manual filling machines can come in many different designs, but they all involve the operator manually filling the container with a specific volume of product. Some manual filling machines are very simple in design, such as a bottle filler with a valve and a lever to dispense the product. Others may be more complex, such as a piston-based manual filler, which uses a piston to dispense the product.

Manual Filling Machine
Manual Filling Machine

Manual filling machines are typically less expensive than automatic or semi-automatic filling machines, and they are suitable for low-volume production. They are also well-suited for filling small containers, and for filling products that are sensitive to heat or shear. However, manual filling can be time-consuming and labor-intensive, and it can also be less accurate than automated filling methods.

Manual filling machines are used for products such as food and beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, chemicals, and many other types of liquid, paste, and powder products.

Semi-Automatic Filling Machine
A semi-automatic filling machine is a type of filling machine that combines manual and automatic operation. It typically includes an automatic filling mechanism, but an operator is required to load and unload the containers, and to control the filling process.

Semi-automatic filling machines can come in many different designs and configurations, depending on the type of product being filled, the type of container, and the filling method. They can be used for filling liquids, pastes, creams, and powders, and can be designed to handle a wide range of container sizes and shapes.

Semi-automatic filling machines are typically less expensive than fully automatic filling machines, and they are suitable for low- to medium-volume production. They offer more flexibility and control over the filling process than automatic machines, and they can be adjusted for different types of containers and products. However, they still require an operator to load and unload containers and to monitor the filling process, which can be less efficient than fully automatic machines.

Semi-automatic filling machines are widely used in many industries such as food and beverage, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, chemical, and many other types of liquid, paste, and powder products.

Two Head Paste Filling Machine

Semi Automatic Filling Machine

Semi-automatic filling machines are ideal for small to medium scale production requirements. They offer fast, accurate and flexible filling solutions. Good operators can achieve output speeds of up to 40 containers per minute and changeover from one product to another takes only a few minutes. Most of VKPAK’s semi-automatic filling machines require only a compressed air supply. Semi-automatic filling machines...
Automatic Filling Machine
An automatic filling machine is a type of filling machine that is fully automated and does not require an operator to load and unload containers or to control the filling process. The machine automatically detects the presence of a container, fills it with the desired amount of product, and then moves the container to the next stage of the production process.

Automatic Filling Machine
Automatic Filling Machine From VKPAK

Automatic filling machines can come in many different designs and configurations, depending on the type of product being filled, the type of container, and the filling method. They can be used for filling liquids, pastes, creams, and powders, and can be designed to handle a wide range of container sizes and shapes.

Automatic filling machines are typically more expensive than manual or semi-automatic filling machines, but they offer higher production speeds and greater accuracy. They can be integrated with other automated equipment, such as capping machines and labeling machines, to create a fully automated production line. They are widely used in many industries such as food and beverage, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, chemical, and many other types of liquid, paste, and powder products.

2. Filling Product Type

Liquid/Paste Filling Machine
A liquid/paste filling machine is a type of filling machine that is specifically designed for filling liquids or pastes into containers. These machines use various filling methods such as volumetric, gravimetric, and net weight filling to dispense the product into the containers.

Liquid Paste Filling Machine
Liquid/Paste Filling Machine

Liquid/paste filling machines can come in many different designs, depending on the type of product being filled, the type of container, and the filling method.

Liquid/paste filling machines are widely used in many industries such as food and beverage, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, chemical, and many other types of liquid, paste products.

Liquid Filling Machine

Liquid Filling Machine

VKPAK manufactures a range of standard liquid filling machines to suit a wide variety of liquids, bottle sizes and production outputs. Product characteristics determine the bottle filling machine needed for your products. The goal is to deliver a precise amount of product to the consumer in an attractive bottle that promotes your offering over the competition. There are several filler...
Powder Filling Machine
A powder filling machine is a type of filling machine that is specifically designed for filling powder products into containers. These machines use various filling methods such as volumetric, gravimetric, and net weight filling to dispense the powder product into the containers.

Powder filling machines can come in many different designs, depending on the type of product being filled, the type of container, and the filling method.

Powder Filling Machine
Powder Filling Machine

Powder filling machines are widely used in many industries such as food and beverage, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, chemical, and many other types of powder products.

Solid Filling Machine
A solid filling machine is a type of filling machine that is specifically designed for filling solid products such as tablets, capsules, and cand into containers. These machines use various filling methods such as gravimetric, and net weight filling to dispense the solid product into the containers.

Solid Granule Filling Machine
Solid/Granule Filling Machine

Solid filling machines are widely used in many industries such as pharmaceutical, food, and confectionery. It is important to note that some solid products are sensitive to pressure, vibration, or heat, and therefore may require specialized filling equipment or modified filling methods to ensure accurate and consistent filling.

Aerosol Filling Machine
An aerosol filling machine is a type of filling machine that is specifically designed for filling aerosol products such as sprays, foams, and gels into aerosol cans. These machines use various filling methods such as weight, pressure, flow meter and level filling to dispense the product into the aerosol cans.

Aerosol Filling Machine
Aerosol Filling Machine

Aerosol filling machines are widely used in many industries such as personal care, household, automotive, and industrial. It is important to note that some aerosol products are sensitive to pressure, temperature, and humidity, and therefore may require specialized filling equipment or modified filling methods to ensure accurate and consistent filling.

3. Filling Measurement Method

Types of Liquid Filling Machines

Liquid Level Filler
A liquid level filler uses the principle of liquid displacement to fill the containers to a specific level. The machine typically includes a fill head and a liquid level sensor that is used to control the filling process. The liquid level filler is suitable for products that are not affected by foaming or aeration, and it is typically used for filling low to medium viscosity liquids.

The overflow filling machine is the most common liquid level filling machine.

An overflow filling machine is a type of liquid filling machine that uses a specific overflow level to fill containers with liquid. The machine fills the container with liquid until it reaches the overflow level, and then any excess liquid is drained back into the supply tank. This method is often used for products that have a consistent fill volume requirement and is ideal for products that have a high foaming tendency.

This method ensures that each container is filled to the same level, regardless of variations in container size or shape and it is a very precise method that delivers consistent fill volume with minimal foaming. This type of filling is used for products like beer, soda, and other carbonated beverages that have high foaming tendencies.

Automatic Overflow Filling Machine

Automatic Overflow Filling Machine

Introduction The linear overflow defoaming liquid filling machine is suitable for filling liquids that are prone to foaming, and it is also suitable for liquids that do not foam. The filling liquid can not only prevent foam from overflowing, but also keep the liquid level consistent. It can...
Volumetric Filler
A volumetric filler uses a specific volume to fill the containers. It typically includes a fill head, a product tank, and a metering system, such as a piston or a rotary valve, to dispense the product. The volumetric filler is suitable for products that have consistent viscosity, and it is typically used for filling medium to high viscosity liquids.

Common volumetric liquid filling machines are as follows:

Gravity filler: This type of volumetric filling machine uses the force of gravity to dispense a specific volume of liquid into the container. The liquid is dispensed into the container by a filling head and the volume of liquid is controlled by adjusting the height of the filling head. This method is often used for low-viscosity liquids and can be adjusted to accommodate different viscosities.

Automatic Gravity Filling Machine

Automatic Gravity Filling Machine

Introduction This Filling Machine is gravity type filling machine which is suitable for filling thin fluid. The machine is made by in-line structure , filling head quantity can be custom-made according to different production capacity such as 6/8/10/12/16 /20 heads. The filling volume is controlled by filling time,...
Piston filler: This type of volumetric filling machine uses a piston or other mechanical device to displace a specific volume of liquid into the container. The liquid is dispensed into the container by a filling head and the volume of liquid is controlled by adjusting the volume of the piston. This method is often used for high-viscosity liquids and can be adjusted to accommodate different viscosities.
Automatic Piston Filling Machine

Automatic Piston Filling Machine

Introduction Piston fillers measure and dispense free flowing products - such as thin and/or moderately dense liquids - onto a container. Each machine is equipped with one or more volumetric pistons. Each fill/release cycle consists of an intake stroke, where the product is withdrawn from the container or...
Positive displacement pump filler: This type of volumetric filling machine uses a positive displacement pump to dispense a specific volume of liquid into the container. The liquid is dispensed into the container by a filling head and the volume of liquid is controlled by adjusting the speed of the pump. This method is often used for high-viscosity liquids and can be adjusted to accommodate different viscosities.
Follow Tracking Rotary Lobe Pump Filling Machine

Follow Tracking Rotary Lobe Pump Filling Machine

Introduction Linear Follow Tracking Rotary Lobe Pump Filling Machine is designed on the basis of straight line lobe pump filling machine. It has the advantages of high efficiency and high precision, and can be filled with thin and extremely viscous products without foam. It has a separate servo...
Automatic Linear Rotor Pump Filling Machine

Automatic Rotary Lobe Pump Filling Machine

Introduction This rotary lobe pump filling machine adopts high-precision stainless steel rotor pump to measure the liquid capacity. Each pump is driven by a servo motor, with a wide filling range and high filling accuracy. The equipment has a simple structure, easy operation and easy maintenance. The filling...
All of the above mentioned filling machines are volumetric fillers, which means that they are designed to dispense a specific volume of liquid into the container. They are suitable for different types of liquids, from low-viscosity to high-viscosity liquids, and can be adjusted to accommodate different viscosities.
Net Weight Filler
A net weight filler uses a scale to weigh the container before and after filling, and it dispenses the product until a specific weight is reached. It typically includes a fill head, a product tank, and a scale to control the filling process. The net weight filler is suitable for products that have consistent density, and it is typically used for filling high viscosity liquids, or products that are sensitive to pressure or temperature changes.
Automatic Net Weight Filling Machine

Automatic Net Weight Filling Machine

Introduction Net weight filling machines use a weigh scale platform to monitor the weight of product as it is filling into a bottle or container. Net weight fillers are well suited for large container filling applications. This type machine is used for 5kg -30 kg liquid filling. Gravity...

Types of Powder Filling Machines

Volume Filling Machine
A volumetric powder filling machine is a type of powder filling machine that uses a specific volume measurement to dispense powder into the container. The machine typically uses an auger, or screw-like device, to move the powder through a funnel or chute and into the container. The volume of powder is controlled by adjusting the size of the auger or the speed of the filling process. This method is often used for powders with low to moderate flowability and can be adjusted to accommodate different densities. Auger filling machine is a common volumetric powder filling machine.

Auger filling machine
Auger Filling Machine
Weighing Filling Machine
A weighing powder filling machine, also known as a weigh filler, is a type of powder filling machine that uses precision weigh scales to dispense a specific weight of powder into the container. The powder is dispensed into the container by a filling head and the weight of powder is controlled by adjusting the settings on the weigh scale. This method is often used for powders with low to moderate flowability and can be adjusted to accommodate different densities.

Weighing Powder Filling Machine
Weighing Powder Filling Machine

The machine typically consists of a hopper, a filling head, a container holding area, a control system, and weigh scale. The hopper holds the powder and feeds it to the filling head. The filling head is positioned above the container and dispenses the powder into the container. The container holding area holds the container in place while it is being filled. The control system manages the filling process, including controlling the flow of powder, the speed of the filling process, and the timing of the filling cycle. The weigh scale is used to measure the weight of powder being dispensed and to adjust the settings on the machine to achieve the desired weight.

This type of filling machine is suitable for powders with low to moderate flowability and can dispense powders with consistent weight, with minimal dusting. This machine can be adjusted to accommodate different densities and can be integrated with other equipment such as capping machines, labelers, and conveyors for automation in a production line.

Types of Solid/Granule Filling Machines

Weighing Filling Machine
A weighing solid or granule filling machine, also known as a weigh filler, is a type of filling machine that uses precision weigh scales to dispense a specific weight of solid or granular materials into the container. The materials are dispensed into the container by a filling head and the weight of the material is controlled by adjusting the settings on the weigh scale. This method is often used for solid or granular materials with different densities and can be adjusted to accommodate different weights.

Weighing Solid/Granule Filling Machine
Weighing Solid/Granule Filling Machine
Counting Filling Machine
A counting filling machine is a type of filling machine that uses a counting mechanism to dispense a specific number of small, discrete items into a container. The items are counted as they are dispensed into the container, ensuring that a precise number of items are placed into each container. This method is often used for small items such as pills, capsules, beads, and other small components.

Counting Filling Machine
Counting Filling Machine

4. Filling Container Type

Bottle Filling Machine
A bottle filling machine is a type of filling machine that is specifically designed to fill bottles with liquid, semi-liquid, or powder products. These machines can come in different types, such as volumetric, gravity, and pressure-based filling machines, and can be used to fill a wide range of products, such as water, juice, sauces, syrups, cosmetics, and chemicals.

The bottle filling machine can be used to fill different types of bottles, such as round, square, or oval-shaped bottles, and can be adjusted to accommodate different bottle sizes and shapes. Bottle filling machines can be integrated with other equipment such as labelers, and conveyors for automation in a production line. They are widely used in industries such as food, beverage, chemical, pharmaceutical, and personal care products.

Jar Filling Machine
A jar filling machine is a type of filling machine that is specifically designed to fill jars with liquid, semi-liquid, or powdered products. These machines can come in different types, such as volumetric, gravity, and pressure-based filling machines, and can be used to fill a wide range of products, such as food products like jams, honey, sauce, pickles, and non-food items like chemicals, cosmetics, and paint.

The jar filling machine can be used to fill different types of jars, such as round, square, or oval-shaped jars, and can be adjusted to accommodate different jar sizes and shapes. Jar filling machines can be integrated with other equipment such as labelers, and conveyors for automation in a production line. They are widely used in industries such as food, chemical, pharmaceutical, and personal care products.

Jar Filling Machine

Jar Filling Machine

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Can Filling Machine
A can filling machine is a type of equipment that is used to fill cans with a specific product, such as liquid or powder. These machines are commonly used in the food and beverage, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries. They can be designed to fill cans of various sizes and shapes, and can be configured to handle different types of products, such as liquids, pastes, and powders.
Tube Filling Machine
A tube filling machine is a type of equipment that is used to fill tubes with a specific product, such as toothpaste, cosmetics, adhesives, or pharmaceuticals. The tubes are typically made of plastic or aluminum and can come in different sizes and shapes. These machines can be designed to fill tubes with different types of products, such as creams, gels, pastes, and liquids. They can also be equipped with features such as automatic tube sealing, coding, and cutting.
Tube Filling And Sealing Machine Sale

Tube Filling And Sealing Machine

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Bag/Pouch Filling Machine
A bag or pouch filling machine, also known as a bag packing machine, is a type of equipment that is used to fill bags or pouches with a specific product, such as food, chemicals, or pharmaceuticals. These machines are commonly used in industries such as food and beverage, agriculture, and chemical. They can be designed to fill bags or pouches of various sizes and shapes, and can be configured to handle different types of products, such as powders, liquids, and granules.
Capsule Filling Machine
A capsule filling machine is a type of equipment that is used to fill capsules with a specific product, such as powders, liquids, or pellets. These machines are commonly used in the pharmaceutical and dietary supplement industries. They can be designed to fill capsules of various sizes and shapes, and can be configured to handle different types of products.
Barrel Filling Machine
A barrel filling machine is a type of equipment that is used to fill barrels or drums with a specific product, such as liquids, powders, or granules. These machines are commonly used in the chemical, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. They can be designed to fill barrels or drums of various sizes and shapes, and can be configured to handle different types of products.
Automatic Drum Filling Machine

Automatic Drum Filling Machine

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5. Filling Direction

Linear Filling Machine
A linear filling machine is a type of filling machine that is used to fill containers with a specific volume of liquid. The machine typically uses a linear, or straight-line, filling system, where the bottles or containers move in a straight line through the filling station. Linear filling machines can be used to fill a wide variety of liquids, including water, juice, syrup, oil, and more, and can be used in a variety of settings, including food and beverage production, chemical manufacturing, and more.
Linear Filling Machine

Linear Filling Machine: The Ultimate Guide

Welcome to The Ultimate Guide to Linear Filling Machines! A linear filling machine is a type of packaging equipment that is used to fill containers, bottles, and other receptacles with a precise amount of liquid or semi-solid product. These machines are commonly used in the food and beverage, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries, and are known for their high accuracy,...
Rotary Filling Machine
A rotary filling machine is a type of liquid filling machine that uses a rotary motion to fill containers with a specific volume of liquid. The machine typically consists of a rotating carousel or turret that holds the containers, and a series of filling nozzles that dispense the liquid into the containers as they rotate past. Rotary filling machines can fill a wide variety of liquids, including water, juice, syrup, oil, and more, and can be used in a variety of settings, including food and beverage production, chemical manufacturing, and more.

Rotary Filling Machine
Rotary Filling Machine

This type of machine is generally more efficient and faster than linear filling machines, as the rotation of the carousel allows for multiple containers to be filled at the same time. Additionally, many rotary filling machines are also equipped with additional functions such as capping and labeling to make the whole packaging process more efficient.

In conclusion, there are various types of filling machines available on the market, each with its own unique features and capabilities. The right choice will depend on the specific product, production process and the requirement of the industry. It is essential to consult with a filling machine expert or supplier to ensure the best choice of filling machine is made for your specific application.

VKPAK's Filling Machine

VKPAK is a company that specializes in the manufacturing and sales of filling equipment and machinery. They offer a wide range of filling machines, including overflow filling machine, volumetric filling machine, net weight filling machine; These machines can be used to fill a variety of containers, such as bottles, jars, tubes and barrels, with different types of products, such as liquids, pastes, and powders. We can also be customized to meet specific customer requirements.

If you are looking for a filling machine manufacturer, please contact us, our professional engineers will recommend the most suitable filling equipment, capping, labeling equipment, etc.

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