We are just little over half way through the year and for many operation and plant managers it’s likely you may already be thinking about what packaging requirements you might need for next year. Or, perhaps with Pack Expo right around the corner, researching what packaging equipment technologies might be appropriate for continued growth.
However, for some, budgets may be small or nonexistent, and a large capital equipment spending might not be in the cards this year – or even next year for that matter. Regardless of where you are in the planning stage, or the size of your budget, here are 9 ways to invest your dollars that are sure get a return.
For many product manufacturers it is common practice, or even a requirement to receive multiple quotes on new packaging equipment purchases. Getting multiple quotes allows the purchaser the opportunity to review and compare packaging equipment manufacturers and weigh each proposal.
There’s a saying in the packaging industry — “the only thing that remains constant is change.” New pack sizes and styles, packaging materials and rising throughput rates, coupled with dynamic distributor and customer demands, make it increasingly difficult for manufacturers and co-packers to accommodate the ever-changing packaging landscape. Unfortunately, existing packaging equipment is often unable to accommodate the flexibility demanded by the industry, and it must be evaluated for modification or replaced altogether.
Used and pre-owned packaging equipment, including shrink wrap machines, is a common solution for many manufacturers. When purchased correctly, used equipment can be a cost effective and quick way to meet your packaging needs. It can also be a good “foot-in-the-door” when transitioning from a manual packaging process to a semi-automatic or fully automatic process. However before signing on the dotted line, it’s important to do your homework.
Did your last capital equipment purchase go over budget by 10%, 20%, or more? It’s easy to identify after project is complete why it went over budget. Many times, these oversights are made at the beginning of a project. Prevent going over budget on your shrink wrap machine by knowing the five common reason why it happens.
With another Pack Expo come and gone, it’s important to remind buyers of potential pitfalls associated with requesting a quote for a packaging machine, and expecting the person on the receiving end has a pre-packaged one ready to go — without having even a fraction of the project information needed to provide an accurate estimate.
Most equipment manufacturers would agree, throwing around a six-figure number based on a two-to-ten minute conversation about the requirements for a complex, highly involved capital purchase is a bit rash.
No one sets out to intentionally make a mistake, but when human error occurs, it can have far-reaching consequences.
Each year companies allocate funds to maintain or upgrade their existing packaging machines. Since this funding is typically fixed, every dollar counts. If you’re a plant manager or maintenance manager tasked with maintaining or upgrading your packaging machine within a set budget, here are six ways to get more bang for your buck:
Normally, a packaging machine is designed to meet certain base requirements and performance standards. Beyond that, there’s an endless array of customization available to meet individual manufacturer’s wants and wishes. While it’s certainly commonplace to add some customization to the base machine design to best fit a particular application, the question is when does customization go too far?
The snack food industry tends to be at the forefront of product design/marketing and primary packaging trends, constantly evolving brands, products and the overall consumer experience. To that end, it’s paramount that secondary packaging efficiently and effectively keeps primary packaging in pristine condition.