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Shampoo is a unique form of cleaning agent composed primarily of water and some form of surfactant. This surfactant provides the ability to bind oily substances for removal without leaving a residue, as traditional soaps might. The production process involves the batch mixing of its laboratory-defined formula, quality control, and filling stages.

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Small-scale laboratory dispersing machine

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Bottle filling and capping monobloc

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Tablet press

Eccentric press for refill tablets

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Shrink sleeve labeling machine

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Steam tunnel for shrink sleeve labels

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Hot air tunnel for shrink sleeve labels

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Self-adhesive linear labeling machine for bottles

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Cosmetic cream filler

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Horizontal cartoner for pharmaceutical applications

Automatic cartoning for cosmetic or pharmaceutical products is a requ...

In-line monoblock linear filler & capper

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Flowmeter filler

For larger production runs of food, non-food and cosmetics industries, where accuracy and volume of filling i...

Colloid mill

For creating extremely fine emulsions and high quality dispersions a high pressure homogenizer is often chosen.  ...

High-pressure homogenizer

When processes call for homogenized emulsions with extremely fine particle sizes the traditional t...

Compact monoblock filler

Filling and capping bottles and pots for food, chemical and cosmetics industries using separate mach...

Single head capper

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Tube unloader and feeder

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Tube feeding unit for high volume and high speed tube filler

High performance tube-filling machines are used for large s...

Loading cassette for a tube filler

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Tube feeder for a small scale production tube filler

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High speed automatic tube filler

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High-capacity horizontal cartoner for pharma and cosmetics appliances

Cartoners take carton blanks which are formed and...

Automatic cartoner for applications in pharma and cosmetics

For high capacity production of cosmetics and pharmaceutical...

Pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry products cartoner

A large number of cosmetic and pharmaceutical products are packed ...

Horizontal cartoner for pharma and cosmetics

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High capacity cartoner for pharmaceutical applications

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Vertical cartoner for pharmaceutical applications

Many pharmaceutical and cosmetic products are sold in protective and de...

Medium speed tube filler and sealer

For scale-up filling of tube packaging for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and food products...

Medium and high speed range automatic tube filler

When scaling up production of pharmaceutical, food or cosmetic products...

Low speed tube filler

Increasing numbers of products in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries are delivered in fle...

Servo controlled filler

For food and non-food liquid products that are high foam or have a high viscosity a specialist fillin...

Multi-head capper

For the stand-alone capping of bottles of up to 2.5litre capacity you need a robust and flexible machine wi...

GMP homogenizing system

Manufacturers need production mixing equipment that is capable, flexible, and easy to maintain. Accur...

Corundum disk mill

Wet milling and grinding of viscous liquids or pastes containing solid particles such as peanut butter,mus...

Dispersing machine for emulsions and suspensions

Equipment operating under the rotor/stator principal is often employed wh...

Dispersing machine for very fine emulsions and suspensions

For continuous high performance mixing of solid and liquid ra...

Cone mill machine

When your raw materials include agglomorated suspensions of grainy or crystalline solids and your process n...

Inline batch mixer for solids and liquids

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Continuous homogenizing system

Certain mixing tasks present unique challenges and manufacturers need equipment that is speci...

High accuracy homogenizing system

When extremely high accuracy is required in your recipe or formulation traditional mixing...

Horizontal kneader

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Vertical kneader

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Continuous kneader

Effective mixing of highly viscous products with extremely high solids content can be difficult and the re...

Batch dispersing machine

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Batch dispersing machine for abrasive products

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Batch dispersing machine for bottom entry into vessels

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Cost-effective homogenizing and emulsifying system

Manufacturers need production mixing equipment that is capable, flexib...

Dust-free continuous homogenizing system

Producers in a wide variety of industries benefit from equipment that can continuo...

Dilution system for two or more liquids in one pass

Onsite dilution of liquid process ingredients has historically been a...

Pilot dispersing machine for testing and scale-up

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In-line laboratory dispersing machine

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Jet flow agitator for high-viscosity media

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Agitator for medium viscosity media

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Agitator for low viscosity media

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High-speed small volume liquid filler

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Volumetric fillers for viscous liquids

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Finding your perfect shampoo making formula

Apart from water and a primary surfactant, typically forms of lauryl sulfate, many other ingredients may be added to the shampoo making formula to provide additional desirable properties for scalp and hair care. Secondary surfactants, typically alkanolamides, may serve as foaming agents. Thickeners improve viscosity, conditioners offset the harshness of detergent surfactants, and preservatives ensure the longevity of the product. Finally, modifiers may adjust pH and opacity, and special additives as well as essential oils may be added for color, fragrance, or other distinguishing qualities.

Considerations of shampoo production equipment

Once you have isolated your desired shampoo recipes, stability testing should be performed to ensure the final product undergoes minimal changes after bottling. You will typically look for physical changes in the color, odor, and texture of your shampoo. This is followed by batch production of the shampoo recipe in large tanks for thorough mixing. To do this, you may simply add ingredients to the tank where temperature and mixing speed may be modulated through computerized shampoo production and processing equipment to facilitate their combination. Following a quality control check, the process concludes with the bottling and packaging of your final product.

Bottling your liquid shampoo efficiently

This final step is the most involved part of the production process. Following acceptable quality control, you then pump your shampoo mixture from the batch tank into a holding tank for bottling. You first feed bottles upright into a hopper where they then move along a conveyor belt to the filling carousel. Here, calibrated pistons distribute precise quantities of shampoo to each bottle. You will also need to place caps into a hopper and, once correctly aligned, they are twisted tight by a capping machine. The bottles then proceed to labeling, which may be heat pressed or use adhesive labels. Finally, the labeled bottles exit the conveyor system and are ready to be boxed up for distribution.

Approaching the process of shampoo bar production

With the growth of the zero-waste movement and consumer conscientiousness, shampoo bars have become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional liquid shampoos. This process differs from the production of liquid solutions in that dry ingredients are combined by mechanical mixing in a hot or cold process, and a long continuous bar is extruded from the mixture. This bar is then cut to individual sizes and may be further customized by stamping and shaping. The final packaging process uses fewer materials for a more environmentally friendly production.

Packing your shampoo bars in boxes

Significantly simpler than packaging liquid shampoo, at its core, packaging your shampoo bars involves meeting your conveyor of individual bars with your conveyor of the desired packaging. After cutting and stamping, your shampoo bars move along a conveyor where they are picked up by a rotary packing machine. A separate machine prepares the boxes from their flattened pre-cut state into the form that will house your shampoo bars. Finally, the rotary packing machine distributes a bar into each box, and the occupied boxes may be further packaged for bulk distribution.

Variables in shampoo formulation

With the great variety of intended purposes, your shampoo formula may be tailored to suit different use cases. Pet shampoo, for example, commonly includes chlorhexidine and castile soap to provide antibacterial properties. Baby shampoo on the other hand requires gentler ingredients and may forgo colorants and scents entirely. Identifying the defining features of your use case is essential to producing an effective formula. Furthermore, some shampoo products contain natural ingredients such as coconut, essential oils and ginger just to name a few. These essential oils and natural ingredients are not only used for their pleasant smell. But, they are added for personal care as each provides unique benefits. For example, ginger in shampoo reduces itchy scalp and decreases dandruff when lathering and massaging your hair. Coconut oil is also used to leave your hair feeling fresh not matter your hair type.

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