The Accutek bottomless conveyor is one of our most versatile, best selling and low cost machines we manufacture. This machine in most cases is available to be completed and put into shipping in less than one business day. Bottomless conveyors are used to provide a smooth and stable transfer of containers up to 2 ½ gallons between machines or around corners, allowing access to the bottom of a container. Allowing access to the bottom of containers is required, when it used in conjunction with an ink jet or laser coding machine applying date and lot coding. Accutek bottomless conveyors are compatible with most ink jet and laser coding machines. The bottomless conveyor can also be used when a packaging line needs to be reconfigured. The bottomless conveyer can join two conveyors, or machines together to create a simple low cost transfer solution. Bottomless conveyors can also be used to transfer containers around corners by staggering their belts ninety degrees and reduce costs in having to purchase a curved conveyor.
Accutek’s sturdy and user friendly design allows our machine to be modified by using several different belt options. The gripper belt assembly choices include, single one inch width, double gripper belts and our one half inch low profile belts for small containers. The gripper belts can be adjusted in minutes to meet most conveyor heights in the packaging industry. The width between the two belts can be adjusted in seconds, utilizing the convenient rotating handle on each belt assembly that controls each belt assembly individually. The gripper belt assembly can be tilted inward or upward to help in controlling of the container for specific needs of the customer. The gripper belts are powered by two AC motors, controlled by a programmable variable frequency drive that controls speed and torque.
Accutek’s commitment to quality control and craftsmanship in our manufacturing process ensures that we are using the finest stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum parts, in the assembly of our bottomless conveyors. Accutek’s craftsmanship provides a longer service life, for years of use and wear parts are readily available for next day shipment.
Author: Warren C Sublett
Corporate Production Manager at Accutek Packaging Equipment
published Feb. 17, 2020
- Post Date: 17 Feb, 2020
Listen to the sound of your conveyor as it is working. Hear the sound of the conveyor plates as they roll over the pulleys. You should not hear bearing noise or gear noise. The sound of conveyor operation should remain at the same volume over time. Any new noise that you hear from your conveyor is an indication that something may be wrong. Don’t ignore the noise find its cause.
Look at the surface of the belt for build up of spilled product on the surface of the belt and accumulation of gunk between the conveyor links. Keep your conveyor free of foreign material for good performance.
The conveyor belt must be loosened and removed for proper cleaning. The conveyor belt tension can be relaxed by loosening the axle bolts on both sides of the conveyor at the end opposite the drive motor. The conveyor must be returned to the same tension when you reinstall the cleaned belt.Use a punch or small screwdriver to remove the link pin from a link. The link pin only comes out in one direction. The conveyor belt can now be removed from its track for cleaning.
Note that the conveyor is designed to move in one direction as shown in the picture below.
- Post Date: 15 Jan, 2020
304 Stainless Steel
The most common form of 304 stainless steel is 18-8, or 18/8, stainless steel, which contains 18 percent chromium and 8 percent nickel. 304 can withstand corrosion from most oxidizing acids. That durability makes 304 easy to sanitize, and therefore ideal for kitchen and food handling applications.
However, 304 stainless steel is susceptible to corrosion from chloride solutions, or from saline food products. Chloride ions can create localized areas of corrosion, called “pitting,” which can spread beneath protective chromium barrier. Solutions with as little as 25 ppm of sodium chloride can begin to have a corrosive effect.
316 Stainless Steel
316 grade is the second-most common form of stainless steel. It has almost the same physical and mechanical properties as 304 stainless steel with slightly different percentages of chromium and nickel. 316 stainless steel incorporates about 2 to 3 percent molybdenum, the key to its enhanced ability to resist corrosive saline environments and industrial solvents. Due to its non-reactive qualities, 316 stainless steel is also used in food handling and the manufacture of medical surgical instruments.
- Post Date: 02 Jul, 2019
Accutek Packaging Equipment Companies are delighted to announce the expansion of the business to a 130,000 sq. ft building in Vista, California. This is due to consistent growth in the packaging industry where we are one of the leading developers and manufacturers of quality packaging machinery, including complete turnkey packaging solutions. The new location will be a great place to meet prospects, deliver high-quality packaging equipment and enable us to respond effectively to the growing needs of our various customers that are seeking to implement technology-oriented solutions in their business.
This new location will feature technical packaging equipment expertise with an in-house staff equipped to service sophisticated machinery, develop turnkey integrated packaging lines, and engineer automated systems. We will have enhanced capabilities to design complete production lines with a variety of packaging solutions and consult on high performance materials suited for a wide variety of applications to include:
- Shrink Sealing
- Production line integration
We firmly believe that this expansion supports the growth and continuity of our business. We thank all our clients for their ongoing support throughout the years. Your business is what has supported the continued growth of our business. We look forward to welcoming existing and new clients to our new showroom for a look around, and we hope you will agree that it’s a fantastic modern upgrade and expansion. Here’s to our mutually successful future, from Accutek Packaging Equipment Company Inc.
Customers Benefits and Values
This new expansion will allow us to grow seamlessly delivering new technologies to market faster and more economically in support of our current and future customers. We’ve been fortunate to put together a great production team, an expert service department staff, a complete and extensive showroom facility and a well-equipped customer service center.
We are committed to delivering an exceptional customer experience, and this new location will ensure that we are providing the best value and highest quality packaging solutions to our customers.
Why we are expanding the company
We are obsessed with providing full service and high-quality turnkey packaging solutions to our customers. The expansion will feature:
Doubling machinery production in the next two years
Collaborative engineering department with 3D printing studio. A research and development lab to discover new ways of packaging advancing the state of the art.
- New meeting rooms, lunchroom bar, and deli hang out
- Treadmill exercise facilities
- Bike racks
- Solar powered and LED lighted facility with a cool roof and covered parking structure for more than 200 vehicles
- Electric power stations for electric cars
- Warehouse part expansion able to store twice as many parts with higher racking systems
- Machine shop and metal forming get their own 15,00 sq. ft. enclosed space, that’s four times the current space
- Extensive showroom for demonstrating our machines in action
This expansion will show our commitment to progress in the industry, job growth in the area and providing excellent service and support to our new and existing customers. We are looking forward to the future!
New location address
2980 Scott Street. Vista, CA 92081
Accutek Packaging Equipment Company Inc. has a global reputation with offices in California, Texas, and Florida.
Where and how we excel
Founded in 1989, Accutek Packaging Equipment Company has been continuously growing and expanding. Accutek and its staff provide service and products to an ever-growing list of global customers in the Food & Beverage, Personal & Homecare, Pharmaceutical, and Chemical & Industrial sectors.
The Accutek Packaging Equipment Companies include the following brands:
- Accutek, filling, capping, labeling, and material handling machineries
- Kiss, packaging system’s filling and capping equipment
- Labelette, labeling machines
- Biner Ellison, rotary fillers and cappers
- Phase Fire, heat tunnels
For over 31 years, Accutek Packaging Equipment Company has delivered packaging systems to more than 25,000 companies nationwide and around the world. Accutek Packaging Equipment Companies are leaders in the packaging industry with an extensive product line, characterized by leading-edge designs, and a strong commitment to customer service. We in know that this new facility is another step towards our goal to live our company’s vision statement:
We will supply the highest quality packaging equipment while maintaining customer support, promoting product innovations, and continuously providing fair and competitive pricing.
Our Mission, Our Vision, and Our Values
We are working to modernize and simplify our designs that will give our customers a competitive edge with the most efficient, technologically advanced packaging equipment. All our equipment is constructed from the highest quality materials and made with the highest quality workmanship. We work with programmable logic controllers, optical sensors, VFD drives, imaging sensors, and pneumatics to achieve the fastest filling, capping, labeling, and conveying speeds with the highest accuracy possible.
Beyond a passion for innovation and quality packaging solutions, we’re equally obsessed with building a relationship that considers every aspect of your satisfaction. From the fairness and accuracy of an initial quote to providing you the highest possible quality service and support, just as necessary in following your project completion, Accutek Packaging Equipment Company Inc. works to earn your esteem and your loyalty.
Contact us today, and we will be happy to help with your packaging requirements!
For more information about Accutek Packaging Equipment Companies, click here or call us at 800-989-1828 or 760-734-4177.
- Post Date: 16 May, 2019
Finding the Best Liquid Filling Equipment for Your Needs
Here are factors that should be considered when searching for the correct bottling machinery for your liquid filling line. Liquid filling machinery selection is driven by your product characteristics, viscosity being the primary metric. Peanut butter is put in a bottle by a liquid filling machine, as is acetone. Peanut butter and acetone are both liquids but at opposite ends of the viscosity range. The bottling machinery needed to move peanut butter into a bottle is very different than the liquid filling machinery used for acetone.
Liquid Filler Technologies
There are four different liquid filler technologies, piston, timed flow, metered flow and overflow. Peanut butter is best handled by a piston filler that keeps the product warm and therefore at a lower viscosity, all driven by a strong pneumatic cylinder. Acetone on the other hand can be gravity fed into an overflow filler.
Stroke length meters the product in a piston filler. Change the stroke length to deliver a different quantity of product to the container. Piston fillers are best at higher viscosity liquids or filling liquids containing chunks of fruit or vegetables.
Use time to meter your product if you have a filling machine that delivers product at a consistent flow rate. Light oils and aqueous solutions work well in this type of filling machine.
Use a gear or lobe pump to deliver product at a consistent volume corelated to pump shaft rotations. This metered flow filling machine lends itself to thicker products without particulates in the liquid.
Overflow filling systems are also used for light oils and aqueous products where product needs to be filled to the same visual level. Product on the shelf will appear to be filled to the same level irrespective of container fluctuations.
Selecting a container is the next step as you design your liquid filling system. A simple straight sided round container can be handled by off the shelf components. If you choose a novelty container you will increase the time to design manufacture and test your bottling machine.
As a business starts and expands the needed production rates from their liquid filling system increases. A startup company’s first filling machine may fill a single bottle at a time with an operator handling the containers by hand before and after filling. Increasing the number of nozzles on a liquid filling machine increases production rates. Liquid filling systems that have as many twelve nozzles filling at the same time are not uncommon. In these filling systems a conveyor belt moves the containers under the nozzles, pauses while the liquid fills the containers, and then moves the filled containers out.
Accutek Sales engineers have the training and experience to assist you with selecting the optimum bottling machinery for your production rates, product and container combination.
- Post Date: 25 Mar, 2019
Accutek Packaging Equipment will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd in observance of Thanksgiving Day. We will reopen on Monday, November 26th with normal business hours.
- Post Date: 21 Nov, 2018
Your manufacturing process is stable, and you have packaging that is working for you in your competitive retail environment. Sales has forecast a massive increase in sales requiring you to triple your manufacturing capacity. It’s a good thing, but how are you going to do that?
You reach out to the sales engineering staff at Accutek and they propose a suite of packaging machines from Accutek that will do what you need. An application engineer needs to know the nature of your product and the volume of business you wish to support. The physical characteristics of your product determine the type of filling machine needed. Is your product a liquid and what is its viscosity at ambient temperature? If the product is dry, is it like sand or fine flour? These question and many more help shape the turnkey solution that the Accutek engineering team will propose for you.
The Elements of a Turnkey Packaging System Are as Follows:
- Bottle Orienter – Takes bulk loaded containers and sets them in line on a conveyor.
- Bottle washer – Prepare your containers for filling.
- Filling machine – Type of filling machine determined by the physical properties of the product.
- Capping machine – Bulk loaded screw on caps are in general use.
- Labeling machine – Pressure sensitive or shrink labels are most common.
- Printer – Used for printing lot codes
- Heat tunnel – Needed to shrink labels and tamper evident bands.
- Conveyor – Moves containers through the various packaging machines.
- Turn Table – Used to unscramble and accumulate containers.
The process of getting your product into a suitable container and on the shelf in an attractive container is complex. We offer a wide selection of powder filling or liquid filling machines. There are four filling technologies. One of these techniques will work for liquids that can be anything from watery solutions to salsa.
- Timed flow fillers that deliver product for a digitally controlled time interval.
- Piston fillers deliver a measured volume of product.
- fillers fill the container to a specific level.
- Positive displacement fillers measure product as a function of pump rotations.
A closure or cap must be placed and secured on the container, once the product is in the bottle. Capping machines range from single cap hand operated cap tighteners to rotary chuck cappers.
Accutek also has a complete range of labeling machines, for pressure sensitive, hot glue, and sleeving machines with heat tunnels that shrink labeling sleeves around the containers.
Accutek multi-head rotary fillers and cappers are used for the higher speed packaging operations. Bring us your challenges and we will find a solution at an acceptable price point.
- Post Date: 28 Sep, 2018
Accurate level inspection of filled and sealed containers is a major issue for bottling industry quality management systems. Fill level variance is often specified by consumer protection agency regulations that cannot be ignored. These same regulations address the need for secure closures to prevent tampering or product contamination. Containers on the shelf must also be cosmetically perfect. Labels that are wrinkled, tilted or out of position cannot be tolerated in a competitive retail environment. Checking each container for fill level, closure integrity, and labeling issues is a challenge.
Current bottling lines process as many as 200 containers a minute. There are four different issues to check with each container requiring 800 inspections per minute. A bottle can be rejected for incorrect product levels, problems with the bottle closure, and missing or misplaced labels. It is impossible for a human operator to perform that many inspections. Accutek uses optical sensors, image comparators, and digital processing to solve these quality control issues.
The Accutek Inspection and Rejection machine incorporates all of the electronic wizardry needed to inspect your production line output at speed.
This product performs checks for low fill, high fill, high cap and label placement. Fill levels and cap placement are checked by three separate optical sensors. A camera with a built in optical comparator checks label placement.
The optical sensors have a transmitter and receiver. The transmitter height is set to determine the fill or cap level and the receiver height is adjusted to see the beam transmitted.
The optical comparator is an amazing bit of technology all by itself. During setup a container with a good label is presented to the camera. The operator then tells the camera what areas to check and establishes tolerance parameters for different areas in the picture. The comparator sends a fault signal to the processing logic when the label being inspected does not match the specification for a good label.
The program logic keeps track of each container as it passes through the row of sensors. A fault signal from any one of the four sensors will cause the container to be rejected. Rejected containers are pushed out of line by a pneumatic ram located just downstream from the inspection housing. The inspector can track up to three containers passing through the inspection stations. It is this ability to have multiple containers in inspection at the same time that gives this machine its high speed capability.
- Post Date: 25 Aug, 2018
A system of conveyors does add value to your plant and does more than move product through your plant. A conveyor system properly executed will make your processes operate with efficiency and minimum down time
The operating efficiency and long-term strategy of the factory, warehouse or distribution center can be compromised by utilizing the wrong conveyor type (or sometimes even the right type applied incorrectly) negatively impacting profitability and/or competitive advantage.
Before specifying a conveyor system, you must know the maximum dimensions and weight of the material you are going to move. How far are you moving the material and the interface requirements of the machines that are a part of your process. The conveyors in your system must be able to move product at a speed that will meet your highest production rates.
Let the answers to these questions help you to determine the types of conveyors and packaging machines that are ideal for your operation and assist in determining where accumulation is needed in the system and how much is appropriate.
Satisfying your system needs is critical to having a successful and sustainable operation. From your packaging machines to the entire conveyance process. Developing a good relationship with your equipment supplier will greatly contribute your success.
Selecting the company that will supply your equipment requires research and thought. Useful questions to ask are:
- How long has the company been in business?
- What is the company’s reputation?
- What warranties and service options are offered?
- How do costs compare to other comparable companies?
- Does the vendor offer a full line of packaging machinery?
- What is the time and cost to integrate a full line of machines?
Conveyors move material and product through a manufacturing or distribution process. This task must be accomplished with speed, reliability and efficiency at an affordable price. Accutek conveyors systems have the configurability needed to integrate into any production environment.
Accutek conveyors come in several standard widths and lengths or can be customized to the dimensions you need. Line height is per customer specification. The frames are always stainless-steel with poly-plastic or stainless-steel conveyor belt material available. Conveyors are easily cleaned and can be ordered with full washdown capabilities.
There are curved, bottomless and C-frame versions available. An explosion proof option that uses a pneumatic motor to move product in a volatile explosive environment can be ordered.
Using a variable frequency drive (VFD) and a three phase motor to power the conveyor consumes a minimum amount of power.
The rugged and simple design of Accutek conveyors minimizes problems and simplifies routine maintenance tasks.
With proper selection and design, conveyor systems can support your current process and operational needs as well as grow, expand and adapt to the future aspirations of the company.
- Post Date: 15 Jun, 2018
Labelette SL Shrink Sleeve Labelers have flexible film shrink sleeve labels placed onto bottles using a sleeve applicator or sleeve labeler. The sleeves are then held in place by shrinking them using hot air or steam from a heat tunnel. Labelette manufactures a variety of shrink sleeve labelers / sleeve applicators and heat tunnels for both full body sleeve labeling and tamper evident bands.
Sleeve Labeling and Safety Sleeve Banding Machines are a new addition to the Labelette line of products. These items were added to the Labelette brand with the acquisition of American Packaging Products and its line of sleeve labeling equipment and Phase Fire heat tunnels.
Labelette’s Labeling Machines
provides accurate and efficient temper evident banding. Printed shrink sleeve labels are a great way to add high impact color labels onto your container. Labelette’s AccuSleever is a compact-c frame design; servo powered and has a powered height adjustment. The AccuSleever can run film ranging from 16mm – 150 mm Lay Flat by 16mm – 200mm Cut Length. With Tamper evident seals you have the option of perforations for easy removal, multi pack bundles and attention to color and detail.
series sleeve labeling machines are automatic shrink film sleeve applicators that can apply both tamper evident bands and full body sleeve labels. They are designed to handle a wide variety of container sizes and speed ranges. With an H Frame design, mounting to an existing or crowded conveyor line is accomplished with ease. Features include touch screen controls; servo drive motors, film registration, and high speed film apply wheels. Advantages include the highest efficiencies in the market, reduced consumables due to high accuracy of sleeve placement, and quick change over time with low tooling cost.
Sleeve labeling machines are designed to handle high-speed applications. These machines feature a B frame design. This design has all of the advantages of the SL1 series machines but it is capable of much higher speeds and larger container sizes. These machines can dispense up to 600 sleeves per minute in tamper evident shrink bands and 450 sleeves per minute in full body sleeve labels without customization. Options include multiple film rolls with splice detect, Vision inspection with automatic rejection, Horizontal and Vertical Perforations, Date Coding, and shaped film bullets. Shaping the film bullet allows the customer to reduce the film that uses shrink sleeve labeling with full body or safety sleeve banders that can reach speeds of 600 containers per minute, in conjunction with technologically advanced heat shrink systems.
- Post Date: 13 Sep, 2017