Packaging Machines Information Packaging machines are vused to package products or components. This product area includes equipment that forms, fills, seals, wraps, cleans and packages at different levels of automation.  Packaging machines also include related machinery for sorting, counting, and accumulating. There are many different package types. Examples include: aerosol containers, bags and pouches, blister packs, bottles and jars, cartons and boxes, cans, capsules, cartridges, cases,...
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Q & A on Packaging Machines

We asked our users for their input on Packaging Machines. Here are the results of 81 users familiar with Packaging Machines.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing packaging machine design?
16 answers
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High capacity & Trouble free running. Normal, locally available packaging materials to be use.
~Engineering, Process/Production, Dhaka, Bangladesh
- New types of electric motors - More precise electric control for the position
~Research & Development, Parma, Italy
Its all depends on electronics, PLC programming, and sensors.
~Sheth.Nikunj. N, Factory Manager-Technical., Baroda., India.
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From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative packaging machines?
12 answers
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We have been faithful to Multivac, so far, for vacuum packing. Their machines are robust and trusteable. Not very versatile. As for packing our products into cardboard boxes we use semi automatic machines designed and locally made.
~Orlando C, Chairman, Felgueiras, Portugal
Subnil packaging machines pvt ltd Vectacraft machineries pvt ltd Nordan Machinery Pampac India
~Chirag Naithani, Marketing/Sales, Mumbai, India
As we are user of pago,dixi & multivac compines machines so we know about these compines.
~Imran K, Technical Support, Lahore, Pakistan
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used packaging machines for?
22 answers
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We are using heat shrink wrapping machines, vacuum pack sealing machine, bottle pouch sealing machines, dixi packaging machine, labeling & printing machines, & strip binding machines.
~Imran K, Technical Support, Lahore, Pakistan
Packing Medical Devices into blisters, through a Multivac packing system. Packing them, later, in strong corrugated cardboard boxes.
~Orlando C, Chairman, Felgueiras, Portugal
Pack the products in good condition where cost is min also. Easy to handle. Safe to transport. Bear the dead load of Stack.
~Engineering, Process/Production, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that packaging machines have been used for.
3 answers
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What we actually need is something adaptable to new sizes, more often than not we mean medical devices such as surgical gowns, operation kits (custom packed trays) made with non woven fabrics, but often containing syringes, lancets and other items (duly packed previously).
~Orlando C, Chairman, Felgueiras, Portugal
Ours is a trailer-mounted, fully automatic sandbag filling machine used at the site of a flood.
~Tom H, Engineer, Brownwood, TX
Closing cartons
~Engineer, Burlington, NC

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of a packaging machine?
5 answers
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High automatization levels help in avoid disastrous mistakes. When photocells and other devices are broken or manual operations are in progress the attention of operators must be at the top of levels.
~Papirio V, Quality Control, Agropoli (SA), Italy
Loss of production on a product launch. Happens way too often.
~Bill B, Marketing/Sales, Fairfield, NJ
Improper specifications
~Terry Zarnowski, Marketing/Sales, Brewerton, NY

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
12 answers
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Adjustable carton magazine linked with a long powered conveyor wherein about 1500 cartons can be stacked. Cartons are suction drawn by a rotary pick-up system having one arm, pre-folded by counter-suction and then loaded into the carton chain. Low level of cartons is sensed by a sensor, which triggers a warning horn and then stops machine if carton is not refilled within a certain time. Suction is supplied by a vacuum pump of 500 LPM capacity, driven by a 2 HP, 1440 RPM, 3-phase motor. Product conveyor, on which the products from the feeding device are transferred, which is adjustable simultaneously from central point according to product width. Carton length adjustment frame for adjusting carton chain and other stations according to length of carton. Carton length adjustment frame for adjusting carton chain and other stations according to length of carton. Continuous motion loading station for inserting product into the carton with the help of pusher rods that move simultaneously with the carton chain, gliding the product gradually & smoothly into the carton. Blocking of the product inserting motion of a pusher rod triggers a machine fault. The loading station has to be then manually reset with a handle. Tuck-in mechanism for tucking in the reverse or straight tuck flaps and closing the carton. Outlet conveyors for further closing the carton and then exiting it. Main drive system consisting of a 1HP, 260 RPM, 3-phase, 440V geared motor controlled by an AC drive. Jam on any of the stations triggers a machine-stop. Electrical system consists of a standalone tower-model control panel. Panel wiring is along CE lines. The operating panel is of swinging type. All programs are controlled by PLC and timing is given by an encoder. Error/Status messages are displayed on a touch-screen HMI fitted on operating panel.
~Chirag Naithani, Marketing/Sales, Mumbai, India
Machines should be more flexible. Every time we have a non standard item that should be packed and tightly sealed or vacuum packed we have to waste a lot of time often having to order new and very expensive sealing kits and forming webs.
~Orlando C, Chairman, Felgueiras, Portugal
A fully automated system that would estimate the void volume in the box and automatically create enough packaging material to fill that void and close the box without the need for a person.
~Marketing/Sales, Redwood City, CA
I wish the all packaging machines work totally automatic and can restart with same speed, accuracy & energy as stopped last time.
~Imran K, Technical Support, Lahore, Pakistan
- Speed - No maintenance - Low rates of failure - Easy to restart after a problem - Low time for change product package
~Research & Development, Parma, Italy
Low cost flexibility low floor space requirements very high OEE - Overall Equipment Effectiveness Low energy usage
~Terry Zarnowski, Marketing/Sales, Brewerton, NY
Automated, servo computer controlled size format changes
~Engineering, Consulting, Guayaquil, Ecuador
Reliable, low noise, maintenance facilities
~Ediel Spalonsi, Planning Director, Sao Paulo-SP, Brazil
Easy tool change/production change
~Haakon Aas, Engineer, Kongsvinger, Norway
Ease of changeover
~Bill B, Marketing/Sales, Fairfield, NJ
Reliability
~Maintenance/Facilities Management, Hastings, Australia
Sensors
~Tom H, Engineer, Brownwood, TX

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of packaging machines?
5 answers
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Price alone should not be your first criteria in selection. Take into account all operational costs including operational efficiency, maintenance costs, reputation of supplier, flexibility of solution.
~Terry Zarnowski, Marketing/Sales, Brewerton, NY
Don't buy on price. You get what you pay for. What you save on the purchase price you will spend 10x over the life of the machine.
~Bill B, Marketing/Sales, Fairfield, NJ
You should choose your machine which is upgradable with new technologies.
~Imran K, Technical Support, Lahore, Pakistan
Don't just look at the cost of the rolls of material.
~Marketing/Sales, Redwood City, CA
Reliability
~Miroljub T, General Management, Cuprija, SERBIA

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using packaging machines?
6 answers
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Before buying: check the prices, the materials, and the day-lives of critical parts. Before using: polish the machine and check the setting of all process parameters.
~Papirio V, Quality Control, Agropoli (SA), Italy
All new purchase machine should have comprehensive operating & service manual. You should have recommended spare part list with least availability time and rate.
~Imran K, Technical Support, Lahore, Pakistan
They need to consider the overall cost in the box and the ease of use rather than just looking at the roll cost of the film or paper.
~Marketing/Sales, Redwood City, CA
Find a good supplier who can work with you to develop a solution designed to meet your specific needs, now and in the future.
~Terry Zarnowski, Marketing/Sales, Brewerton, NY
Be open minded as to technology and manufacturers location. Make SURE to do extensive testing with YOUR products.
~Haakon Aas, Engineer, Kongsvinger, Norway
Deal with a company with "deep" engineering and a history of successful projects and integrations.
~Bill B, Marketing/Sales, Fairfield, NJ


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