Fowler Products, powered by Pro Mach, completed major renovations to its factory acceptance testing and training facility. The refurbished 9,600-square-foot facility will be used for assembly and testing of the company’s capping, cap handling, bottle cleaning, filling and cap sterilization systems.

The refurbished space allows for the integration of other manufacturers’ bottle delivery systems, filling systems, induction sealers and checkweighers with the Fowler-supplied equipment, giving customers an opportunity to test the entire filling/capping system prior to installation.

The facility is equipped to supply hot water, steam, compressed air and nitrogen when needed. Fowler also invested in high-capacity lifting equipment to transport and position large equipment components.

“Extensive, thorough Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) provides an opportunity for the buyer and the supplier to ensure the equipment is complete, matches the specifications and can be installed and put into production with fewer surprises that can result in production start-up delays,” says Don Cotney, president and general manager of the Athens, Ga.-based company. “It is a priority for us at Fowler and we are committed to providing the best possible setting in which to conduct FATs, not only for our equipment, but also offering our customers pre-installation testing of an entire production system.”