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Preventive Maintenance Guide for Piston Filling Machines

Purchasing any machinery is an investment. When purchasing a piston filler and depositor machine, you’ll want to perform preventive maintenance regularly, that way the equipment you’ve purchased always stays in peak condition. Afterall, ignoring proper upkeep of machinery can mean the financial burden of repairing a damaged machine plus the probable losses that stem from unplanned downtime in your production. Preventive maintenance will keep your investment in optimal condition for as long as possible.

Volumetric Technologies offers the following suggestions for preventive maintenance on piston filling machines and depositors:

  • Apply liberal amounts of grease to dynamic O-rings and seals to ensure all sliding components are well lubricated. Lubrication is important for any components that cycle continuously for many hours at a time.
  • Inspect all mechanical components to the machine on a regular basis. This allows you to catch any problems right away and get them repaired before they cause more issue in the future.
  • Perform a functionality test on all electrical sensors and valves. Electrical components can be the most common failure component due to the amount of cycles and often wet environment. Catching an electrical issue at the source will save many hours of troubleshooting and production downtime.
  • Disassemble only the mechanical components that are meant to be disassembled for cleaning. Use proper cleaning agents to ensure you are cleaning the components appropriately.
  • Keep an eye out for variation in the performance of the machine This could include nozzle drips that were not there previously, large variation in the dispense volumes, or a change in the machine cycle speeds.

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Choose Quality Filling Machines from Quality Manufacturers

Preventive maintenance preserves any machine’s quality and performance. With proper handling and care, your piston filling and depositing machine can function for the entirety of its expected lifespan, maybe longer.

As a manufacturer and designer of filling machines and entire production lines, Volumetric Technologies is the best source of maintenance tips for all machines, accessories, and peripherals under our brand.

If you purchased our automatic and manual piston fillers and piston depositors, rest assured that our service team will instruct your operators and employees on how to properly maintain your equipment.

Find top-of-the-line equipment and services from Volumetric Technologies. Schedule a consultation today.

A Closer Look: The Pail Line Machine

Volumetric Technologies is proud to manufacture the highest quality and most advanced pail filling machines in the industry. Our Pail Filling Machines are Net Weight Fillers that accurately and automatically fill pails by weight in an efficient manner. For your food, cosmetic, or chemical filling applications, Volumetric Technologies Pail Filling Lines are the perfect solution, with a perfect fit, every time. 

Piston Filling Line

These machines can handle products of any nature such as industrial lubricants, pie fillings, chocolate sauces fruit slurries, and much more. Our Pail Machines are fully customizable with a variety of servo controlled pump options to fit your businesses needs. The Automatic Pail Filling Lines come with the following features:

Net Weight Fillers

These fillers are programmed with user friendly menu driven operator controls by weight to ensure an accurate fill. The net weight fillers come standard with a stainless steel closed top conveyor and optional rotary tables. They are fully adjustable with automatic indexing and filling pump systems. Both fast and slow speed fill nozzles have PLC controllers. Stainless steel features all around including guide rails, conveyor legs, and leveling pads.

Roller Lid Presses

These lid presses feature stainless construction, steel framework, and a heavy duty chain with positive drive lugs. The press is adjustable to lid containers of all sizes with a hand wheel. The press also features locking mechanisms on all four corners, heavy duty gearbox, variable speed frequency drive, and steel leveling pads.

Pail Denesters

The denester separates the pails to accept multiple sizes with minimal changeover. They are pneumatically operated with a photo eye container sensor. As always, all stainless construction for easy cleaning.

Contact Us for Your Filling Machine Needs

Whether chemical, cosmetic, or food, Volumetric Technologies Pail Filling Machines are perfect for all filling needs. These customizable filling machines are powerful and efficient to fill a variety of containers, and are leading the way in packaging equipment production. See how we can help your business, call us at 507-263-0034.

The Filling Line Process: An Overview

Volumetric Technologies Pail Filling and Liquid Filling Machines are top of the line in the industry for automatic filling equipment. Our machines fill each pail or bottle perfectly, every time, with the highest accuracy rate. If your company is in the food, chemical, or cosmetic industries and you need to fill containers at a high speed, Volumetric Technologies Liquid Filling and Pail Filling machines are the perfect solution for sorting, filling, and lidding bottles and pails of all shapes and sizes.

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How Our Pail Filling Machines Work

The pail filling process starts with a closed top conveying line, built out of stainless steel.  The desired weight is then entered into the menu driven operator controls.  From there, containers will be denested (separated) and automatically placed onto the conveying line.  The conveying line will index the containers to the filling station, where they are filled using a servo controlled pump.  The type of pump used will be determined by the viscosity of your product.  

Piston Filling Line

When the load cells have determined that the container has reached the desired weight that was entered at the beginning of the process, it is indexed downstream to the roller lid press.  The roller lid press is adjustable to lid containers of different heights.  An optional automatic lid dispenser is also available. All components of the pail line can be utilized separately or together as a complete filling solution.

How the Liquid Filling Lines Work 90 Series Horizontal Piston Filler

The liquid filling process starts with either our 90 series horizontal piston filler or 45 series inline piston filler. The product is deposited into the container using a Stainless Steel 316L filler, with either single or multiple heads. The machine is fast yet gentle on the product and will not compromise the integrity of your liquid. 

This filling machine allows for up to 12 filling stations, that can fill up to 100 deposits per minute. Fully customizable with options including: liquid level controls, dispensing nozzles, bottle rinser, a variety of container escapement choices, travelling carriages, and much more. This is all controlled by the UL listed control panel. 

If you need to fill containers with anything from salad dressing, to paints, to BBQ sauce, Volumetric Liquid Filling and Pail Filling Machines are your solution. Fully automatic, customizable, and user friendly, our equipment can handle all of your company’s filling needs.

Spotlight on Rotary Cup Filling Machines

Rotary Cup Filler MachineAt Volumetric Technologies, we provide top-of-the line Rotary Cup Filling Machines that are designed and manufactured in the United States. Our Rotary Cup Filling Machines are suitable for many industries including food, dairy, and cosmetics and designed to meet your needs to fill, denest, seal, and lid products into stackable containers. 

Depending on your workload specifications, particularly your container, product, and seal type, our fully automatic Rotary Cup Filling Machines can fill up to 50 cups per minute per lane, are made from FDA/USDA approved stainless steel and are suitable for containers ranging from 1oz to 6lbs.

How Do Our Rotary Cup Fillers Function?

Volumetric Technologies’ Rotary Cup Fillers use a vacuum-assisted cup denester to deliver the cups to carrier plates where they are then indexed to a filling station to be filled with liquid or dry products. Your choice of seal is then secured onto the product and the container is indexed to the lid station where a lid is applied if necessary. Finally, the finished container is automatically ejected to a transfer plate or take-away conveyor.

Easily Configured for Your Needs

All Volumetric Technologies’ Rotary Cup Fillers are customizable, designed specifically for your business’ workload and will fill and seal your products with efficiency and impressive results. All of our machines are equipped with a PLC solid state controller and are servo driven for complete flexibility, precision and speed with easy configuration for your products and containers. They also come equipped with touch screen operator interfaces that have menu driven controls for ease of use and adjustability. Rotary Cup Machine Filler

We also provide two filling options for your Rotary Cup Filler: Piston which provides the highest product fill accuracy, with the lowest level of product degradation or Servo Rotary Pump which is ideal for liquids and liquid type slurries with smaller particulates. The entire line of Volumetric Technologies’ cup filling machines come equipped with advanced design features to guarantee that your products are packaged to your specifications every time. If you’re looking for the highest quality cup filling machine in the industry then look no further than Rotary Cup Filling Machines from Volumetric Technologies.