Like any other packaging equipment, there are a few things you need to consider before making a decision when it comes to get a new machine equipment.
- 1. Type of material
Start by defining the type of material you need to handle. Each product has its characteristics and reacts differently to packing. This information can be very useful in deciding whether you need a vertical, horizontal or other type packaging machine.
2. Type of packaging
The type of the packaging machine will be defined by whether you are going to use ready-made bags or flat film. Flat film is an economical packaging material for a long production of one bag size. However, the packaging machine’s ready-made bags are more easily and quickly changed for the different assortments than the flat film of the packaging machine.
If you plan to produce more than one bale size, look for a packaging machine with simple and easy packing size adjustments. Some packaging machines have easier changeovers than others, and some, like horizontal packaging machines, can only handle a single packaging size.
- Production capacity
Think about what you want to achieve in terms of production rate. Though the production rate varies from one type of packaging machine to the next, the nature of the material and the package size are what will mostly influence the result. Bigger packaging sizes will require more cycle time, thus resulting in a lower production rate no matter the type of packaging machine.
- Machine sturdiness
Depending on the handled material and the working conditions in the plant (very dusty environment, low temperatures, long production hours), you may need a heavy-duty equipment. Make sure the packaging machine is designed and manufactured for your type of material and environment.
- Safety for the operator
Operator safety is of course a priority so it’s important to have an idea of the safety devices included in the equipment. Some suppliers give more importance to this aspect than others. Look for machines equipped with safety fences, interlocked doors and movement detection devices that stop the machine when an access to a danger zone is required. Injuries can be very costly for a company so safe equipment can help minimizing these costs.
- Available space
Evaluating the available space in your plant is essential when choosing your baler. Horizontal packaging machines will tend to have a bigger footprint while vertical packaging machines will require more space in terms of height.
Needless to say, thinking about your budget is primordial. While it may seem like a huge investment, getting a new equipment may increase your productivity and bring you better results with less maintenance. Calculating your ROI is important to know how long your investment will pay off.
- After-sales service and local support
Look for a supplier that will be able to build a long-term relationship with you and that has offices or a support team in your local area. It can be a game changer when you need technical service or spare parts quickly. Choose a supplier that is always trying to get new technology that could help you update your equipment by retrofitting without having to buy a new one if not necessary.
- Supplier’s experience
Does your supplier have some expertise in this industry? Is that company a benchmark in the industry? Get information about the past experience of the supplier you’re looking for. Choosing a supplier who has had other customers, handling the similar products, as you, might be judicious.