High-quality filling machines can make quick work of your paint, coatings, and chemical packaging. This is especially true when combined with compatible machinery. However, with high-viscous fluids flowing through the machine continually, clogs and similar troubles are to be expected. A bit of maintenance can go a long way toward protecting against hiccups in your work.
Regularly Clean the Machinery
There are a couple of options when it comes to cleaning your gallon filling machine. Many owners choose to disassemble their machine far enough to thoroughly clean the product pathway. The manufacturers of these machines sometimes simplify the parts along the product route, so it’s easy to take apart and put back together. Another option is to purchase a “clean in place” system that you run through the machinery.
Take Advantage of Maintenance Plans
Once you’ve invested in quality machinery, it makes sense that you’d like it to work for several years to come. Some manufacturers of filling machines offer ongoing maintenance and tune-ups to ensure your satisfaction. It may be possible to get these professionals on the phone for troubleshooting and to schedule visits.
Watch for Common Problems
Some of the most common issues that arise with filling machines include uneven fill levels, malfunctioning head dives, and foaming products. If these problems arise, check to see if the machine is sitting level on the ground. It’s also helpful to check for appropriate spacers, fill time settings, and clear nozzles and tubes. If visual inspections don’t clarify the issue, it may be best to contact the manufacturer.
Maintain Operator Safety
The first step in keeping your employees safe is to provide training before machines are operated. Make sure everyone using the equipment knows not to interfere with the machine or its operator while the equipment is working. Many filling machines have machine guards to protect employees from flying parts, sparks, and rotating components. Make sure those guards are always in place. Employees may be required to wear safety equipment, especially if you’re handling hazardous substances.
Keep your filling equipment in great shape by following these tips. It’s easier to maintain a safe, efficient workplace when machinery is handled and cared for appropriately.