Find out how the right bottle filling machine can improve your current cosmetic packaging line.
What are the most important metrics for determining packaging line efficiency in your cosmetics production facility? This question may sound rhetorical, but it's one that should be in the back of your mind every day.
Every operations manager and co-packer wants to improve:
- Production speed
- Percentage of products that get damaged on the line
- Variations due to poor tolerances
Other measurements also impact your bottom line, but these are probably the biggest. A packaging operation needs to get as much product out the door as possible with the highest level of quality achievable.
The problems arise from a couple of areas. The first is human error. Humans make mistakes that machines don't. Plus, we're just not nearly as fast. Machines can do repeatable jobs faster and more accurately than the best human. Even if we do the job properly, such as filling a bottle with a cosmetics product without spilling any, there may be considerable variances in the amounts. In fact, 23% of unplanned downtime can be directly attributed to human error.
This human inefficiency is why it's wise to invest in quality bottle filling and capping machines. We say "quality" because getting cheaply made bottle filling and capping machines will result in the same problems, namely slow speed, discouraging downtime, damaged product, mistakes, and poor tolerances.
While this is all true, we're not suggesting you don't need your employees or that a machine will replace every person. A piece of equipment like the FL-12 removes your employees' hands from a sensitive operation and gives them a job better suited for human labor.
The FL-12 Compact Automatic Filling Machine
The FL-12 is an excellent solution for cosmetics manufacturers who have been struggling with inaccurate human filling or poor-quality machinery. Because filling bottles and other container types is such a precise process, it can be a bottleneck that slows down the rest of the production line if it’s not done correctly. It can also be what causes either too much product per container or not enough. With the Pack Leader USA FL-12, you get precision you can depend on constantly.
The FL-12 Bottle Filling Machine Is: Fast & Accurate
Let’s start with the most critical metric, and that’s speed. The FL-12 can fill 15 to 30 bottles per minute or up to 1 every 2 seconds. It can be set up with 2 or 4 nozzles depending on the amount needing to be dispensed or the size of the containers.
The FL-12 also uses a servo-driven volumetric piston system and a bottle gate for precise placement under the nozzles. This results in filling that’s accurate to within plus or minus 0.5%, with a fill range of 10 ml to 1,000 ml.
The FL-12 Bottle Filling Machine Is: Durable & Reliable
Like all Pack Leader USA equipment, the FL-12 is made from 304 stainless steel and aluminum for a lifetime of use and rust-resistant performance.
With a gapping system and bottle stabilization clamps, each time your cosmetics pass through the FL-12 bottle filling machine, you can rest assured that they’ll make it through perfectly filled and remarkably unscathed.
Aside from being made out of high-quality materials, the FL-12 is modular and easy to service with smartly placed access ports. You can expect the adjustments you make to last a long time before you need to make them again. And once it’s time to replace parts, which is seldom, it’s not a difficult job even for staff who aren’t trained repair techs. Downtime is nearly non-existent.
The FL-12 Bottle Filling Machine Is: Simple to Use
With a clear, easy-to-read touchscreen, the FL-12 is a cinch to figure out. Even with built-in instructions and simple directions, Pack Leader USA offers training for new hires and ongoing education for employees, guaranteeing machine optimization and peak functionality.
The FL-12 Bottle Filling Machine Is: Flexible
Cosmetics can have drastically different consistencies, and not every machine can handle a low viscosity liquid on one production run and a thick gel on the next. The FL-12 is designed to handle both viscous and semi-viscous products.
The FL-12 is not only flexible with product types but also within your line. It has a footprint of 78.7” x 39.4” x 72.4” and adjustable conveyor height and input/output speeds. Paired with a Pack Leader USA CP-10 semi-automatic capping machine, the FL-12 bottle filling machine can transform a packaging line’s output.
Schedule a Free Filling Equipment Consultation
Pack Leader USA is invested in your success. That’s why we offer incredible support for repairs and maintenance as well as education and training for every one of our machines. But it all starts with a conversation. Schedule a free bottle filling machine consultation now and discover how a Pack Leader USA FL-12 can take your cosmetics packaging line to the next level.