How To Decode and Compare Packaging Equipment Manufacturer Quotes

Posted on May 19 2017 by Matt Rose

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.

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5 Signs That It’s Time to Upgrade Your Packaging Equipment

Posted on April 27 2017 by Jim Campbell

Henry Ford once said, “If you need a machine and don’t buy it, you will ultimately find you have paid for it, but don’t have it.”  Many factors go into the decision to purchase a new packaging machine; ROI, labor costs, packaging efficiency, maintenance costs, distribution costs - and the list goes on.  But when do you take Henry Ford’s advice and decided that your operation “needs” a new packaging machine?

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How Robots Benefit Manufacturers in Secondary Packaging

Posted on April 13 2017 by Jim Campbell

 

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.
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How to Decide Between Modifying Existing or Buying New Packaging Equipment

Posted on March 8 2017 by Matt Rose

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.

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Answers to 8 Frequently Asked Questions About Upgrading Your Secondary Packaging

Posted on February 21 2017 by Matt Tresp

Switching to an automated shrink wrapping system can result in those making the decision to ask questions that run the gamut from the actual package design, to the energy bill, to maintenance and more.

Here’s a list of some frequently asked questions about upgrading to an automated packaging machine:

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This entry was posted in Packaging System Upgrades, Shrink Bundling Systems

Semi-Automatic or Automatic Shrink Wrapping Machine: A Guide to Identifying Which One Fits Your Business Better

Posted on February 3 2017 by Jon Jossie

In today’s ever-changing world there usually is not a one-size-fits-all solution. This can be seen time and time again when people are deciding on the type of shrink wrap and bundling packaging equipment to purchase. Each manufacturer has a different need whether it’s the packaging, improving packaging line speed, replacing a retiring workforce or redistributing employees to improve packaging line efficiencies. And while ROI is certainly a factor, there are many other considerations to weigh when deciding on the right solution for your operation.

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The Cost of a Do-it-all Shrink Wrap Machine

Posted on January 23 2017 by Jim Campbell

Purchasing capital equipment, regardless of how large or small, requires a significant amount of planning and buy-in from across the entire organization. Competing department interests can stall an initiative or create hidden project costs; in some cases these competing interests cause the project to be put on hold before it even gets started. When purchasing a shrink wrap machine, it's critical to align your current and realistic future needs with one that matches them the best.

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Three Products That Can Benefit from Shrink Bundling and Wrapping

Posted on January 13 2017 by Jim Campbell

There are many products you’d expect to see shrink bundled or wrapped, such as trays of spices or marinades or bundles of dry pet food. However, as trends shift and sustainability and shipping costs increase, manufacturing engineers must look for ways to reduce packaging costs or increase operational efficiency.

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This entry was posted in Packaging System Upgrades, Frozen Food Wrapping Solutions, Cost Savings

The Do’s and Don’ts of Installing a Shrink Wrap Machine into an Existing Line

Posted on January 5 2017 by Jarlath Harkin

Preparing to upgrade your shrink wrap machine and install it into an existing packaging line may seem straightforward, but it can potentially lead to delays if not approached correctly.

Before deciding on any new packaging equipment, you first need to evaluate how the machine will affect your entire packaging process and whether it may also be time to reassess the overall design and style of your packaging. If you decide the time is right, here are some guidelines to follow when preparing for a new shrink wrap machine:

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The Cost of Poor Packaging Equipment Pricing

Posted on November 18 2016 by Matt Rose

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.

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