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.
Robots are not new to the manufacturing industry. The first modern programmable robot was installed in 1961 at General Motors to move hot metal and, today, robots are designed to perform a variety of activities from simple tasks to complex jobs in extreme environments.
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.
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:
When designing a new packaging line or retooling an existing one, the emphasis is understandably on the major packaging functions and related capital equipment. In fact, the amount of attention paid to investigating, specifying and selecting a particular piece of machinery is roughly proportionate to the financial investment for that component relative to the overall project.
The term ‘modular’ seems to be all the rage when it comes to equipment manufacturing. The idea is that equipment components have a Lego-type configuration, in which things can be arranged to fit the application. Implementing a system like this can be more complicated from an engineering perspective, but the benefits can be worth the up-front effort. Here are some of the benefits of modular design to consider when implementing new packaging equipment.
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?