Considerations Prior to Purchasing a Packaging Machine

One of the major investments that many organizations make is purchasing a packaging system. As such, it is important that the equipment purchased be the very best there is. In addition, you want to ensure that the packaging machine fits well into your manufacturing process. In order to do that, you will need to evaluate the following before contacting the packaging machine manufacturer:

  • To begin with, you will need to understand how things currently flow. This means that you need to understand your current system and each phase of production in the first instance.
  • You also need to ensure that there is space available to fit in your new packaging machine before you purchase it. It is imperative that you figure out if the new machine can fit well into the various existing systems as well. Consider the access to the room and also if there are certain things that need to be rerouted or moved. It is also important that you take measurements of the hallways, doorways and room height to ensure that your machine will fit.
  • You need to know how fast production takes place. If your current production rate is fast then you want a machine that works just as fast. If your packaging machine is slower than the rate of production, you will end up with a lag in the process.
  • Take into account all the products that you will be using the machine to package. Based on this, the consultant will be able to help you make recommendations of machines that can handle that type of work. Include details such as whether you will be packaging solids or liquids, temperature of the products at packaging and the viscosity as well. Include the fill volumes too.
  • You must take environmental issues into consideration. If it will be placed in a clean room or will need sterilization, it is important for you to detail that as well.
  • There are packaging machines that require different energy forms depending on how they work. Be sure to let the packaging machine manufacturer know if you have electric, vacuum, heat, compressed air and steam available where you will be placing the machine. If these are not going to be available, let them know as well.
  • In the event that you will need to expand or put up an additional building for the packaging machine, then you must consider the cost of construction for the additional structure.
  • Finally, don’t just look at your current needs. It is important for you to have the future of your business in mind when you make your purchase. It is best to have a machine that can still remain relevant if demand increases in the future. In addition, find out whether or not the machine can be upgraded, which would allow it to package more products based on company growth.

There are many things that you need to consider whenever you are purchasing or updating your packaging machine. With a thorough evaluation prior to purchase, you will be able to get the perfect machine.