Food packaging equipment is an essential part of modern food and beverage manufacturing. Processing facilities use these machines to meet demand, protect products from contamination, and establish a visual brand identity—and choosing the right type of equipment can have a significant impact on the success of a food or beverage processing business.
6 Types of Food Packaging Machines
There are many different types of food packaging equipment that are used in the food and beverage industry to safely package, store, and deliver products to customers around the world. Each type of packaging machine serves a different purpose, and deciding which type of equipment is the best fit for your production line depends on your products, process, and needs.
1. Filling Machines
Filling machines are used to fill bottles, pouches, jars, or other containers with food or beverage products. There are two main categories of filling machines: volumetric fillers, which fill the container with a specific volume of product, and weight fillers, which fill the container based on the weight of the product.
2. Bagging Machines
Bagging machines are used to pack food in pre-made bags, which protects the product from contamination.
Form, fill, and seal machines are a common type of bagging machine that uses an automated assembly line to create plastic bags, fill the bag with food product, and seal the bag, all at the same time.
3. Capping Machines
Capping machines are used to close bottled food or beverage products with air-tight caps. Different types of capping machines are used to close various types of containers, including containers with screw-on caps, crimped-on caps, and snap-on caps. These machines are popular in facilities that process drinks, syrups, and other food-related liquids.
4. Lidding Machines
Lidding machines use conveyor belts or rollers to automatically create cardboard lids and install them on food or beverage containers with hot glue. There are two types of lidding machines: rotary lidding machines, where containers are rotating on a turntable, and inline lidding machines, where containers move in a straight line.
Sealers ensure that food and beverage containers are presentable and that the products are safely stored inside the containers.
Carton sealing machines fold, close, and seal the lids at the top of carton containers, ensuring the food or beverage product inside the carton is secure. Vacuum sealers create an airtight seal, which helps to extend the storage life of food products compared to plastic bags or other containers.
Checkweighers are used at the end of the production line to ensure each product container is at the correct weight. These machines are fast and extremely accurate, quickly identifying items that are underweight or overweight so they can be removed from production.
Buy New or Used Food Packaging Equipment at HP Packaging
At HP Packaging, we buy and sell used processing and packaging equipment for many different industries. Our high-quality used food processing machines have been repaired, refurbished, or reconditioned by the experts on our team, giving old equipment new life and making it ready to contribute to your production line.
As a leader in the processing and packaging machinery industry, we are proud to offer used food packaging equipment from a wide variety of manufacturers, types, and styles that meets your sanitation and quality standards. Whether you want to replace a machine on your production floor or expand your current food packaging capabilities, HP Packaging can help you find the best food processing equipment for your business.