Filling systems cover a large number of systems of different designs, from tiny filling systems with automatic or semi-automatic procedures to complex automation systems. Depending on design, they combine feeder technology, packaging technology, robotics and visual object recognition systems.
They can be broken down into countless technical variants and differ in terms of the level of automation. The feeder or filling unit is the one element they all have in common. Depending on material and requirements, they vary with regard to preparation, sealing and follow-up functions.
Planning a filling system
The key parameter for planning a perfect filling system is material diagnosis.
The main distinction is between
a) liquid filling systems > liquids
b) solids filling systems > bulk material, pastes
The material properties should also be classified in order to select the perfect filling system.
The first criterion is flow properties, which place particular demands on the feeding design and type of feed device used in the system.
Other criteria include bulk density, viscosity, grain size, flammability and toxicity of materials.
The material properties determine the feeding device, pre-bin and discharge aids.