Pump fillers bring the muscle to the most demanding, high-viscosity filling jobs, but they are also adaptable enough to meet the needs of a sole proprietor starting their business from home. Learn in this article how these sturdy yet affordable machines are different from piston fillers and gravity fillers, and how they can be the best choice for several different businesses.
The Pump Filler Difference
One notable feature of pump fillers is their ability to handle high-viscosity liquids and products with particulates (as well as even the thinnest liquids). For an entry-level operation, this can give you the versatility to use a single pump for nearly any liquid product.
Automatic pump fillers are also fast compared to most piston filling systems. They are often the choice for companies that want to fill heavy products at high quantities. (Even the semi-automatic tabletop fillers can increase the speed of production when compared with trying to fill containers neatly by hand.)
Finally, automatic pump fillers offer easier changeover between fill sizes, adding to their versatility. Semi-automatic pump fillers can handle a wide range of container sizes and heights.
Accuracy Under Pressure
Pump filling machines offer accurate volumetric fills in two different ways. A time-based fill uses a preset, adjustable amount of time for each fill cycle to dispense a consistent amount of liquid. A pulse-based fill measures out quantities based on a portion of movement, or multiple movements, of a pump component. The correct system to use depends on what you are trying to fill and other production specifications. Setting up time to consult with advisors will help you decide which type of fill is best for you.
What Liquids They Can Handle
Pump fillers can process all liquids, even down to more watery ones like CBD and essential oils, but they are especially well-suited for thicker products such as:
- cosmetic creams
- heavy sauces
- shampoos and conditioners
- paste cleaners
- car wax
- molten products
To facilitate the flow of some of the thicker or less homogeneous products, the fillers can be customized with features that heat, mix or agitate the supply to ensure that liquids with particulates are well-blended and stiffer products flow better. The drip-free, positive close fill heads ensure that the outside of the containers stay clean and no product is wasted.
These fillers also work well under special situations that include sanitary, hazardous, flammable, and corrosive products and environments.
Automatic or Tabletop Options
Semi-Automatic Tabletop Pump Fillers are entry-level machines that are well-suited for lower volume production requirements, including home-based startups. They are low cost and user friendly, allowing a single operator to fill containers ranging in volume from one ounce to one gallon. The compact design just needs to be plugged in (120VAC/60Hz), and it can be operated with the enclosed foot pedal. The high-quality filler is made in the USA, and it has a reliable, accurate, stainless steel gear pump, user selectable variable fill speeds and a cycle selector switch for semi-automatic or automatic modes.
Automatic Pump Fillers are the choice for higher volume production, especially when thicker products need to be filled quickly. It has an Allen Bradley PLC and a user-friendly touch screen HMI. The pump speed on the automatic fillers can be adjusted electronically, and machines are available with 1 to 12 positive close fill heads. The stainless steel product reservoir has an automatic level control.
Similar to our other high-quality automatic fillers, these machines include:
- Pneumatic indexing gates
- No bottle/no fill sensor
- Bottle back up sensor (downstream) which delays filler operation until any jam is cleared
- On/off and speed controls for conveyance systems
- Front panel start and emergency stop
- Container counter
- Tool-free adjustment
- Upgradeable design
We are committed to helping you design the filling system that helps your business succeed. Customization options for our automatic pump fillers include:
- Automatic drip tray
- Bottle grabbers/neck grabbers
- Star wheel or timing screw indexing
- Hazardous location/environment construction – Class I, Division II, Group C&D
- Corrosion resistant construction, including all contact parts
- Heated stainless-steel tank
- Product agitation and mixing
- Diving heads
- Bottom-up filling
- Clean-in-place system
- Wash-down motors and controls
These automatic fillers will usually become part of a larger system which may include labeling, capping and conveyance solutions. These other machines might be purchased all at once, or a business might add them on gradually over time.
Let Apex Help You
Apex offers all of our clients customized solutions to their filling needs. Call us at 219-575-7493 or visit our page here to discuss the best equipment choices for you.