Packaging Machinery - The Benefits of Installation and Training
Liquid Packaging Solutions manufactures packaging machinery with ease of operation in mind. Tabletop and semi-automatic packaging equipment are user-friendly enough that they will almost never require installation or formal training, though both are available should a packager want or need either or both. Operators of automatic packaging machinery, however, may find long term benefit in having Packaging Specialists from LPS both install the equipment and train operators prior to the first production run.
Proper set up prior to running production ensures that finished products are accumulated from Day One! While those familiar with packaging machinery may be perfectly capable of setting up power conveyors, filling machines, capping equipment and more, there are advantages to having LPS technicians assist in set up. First, if adjustments are necessary, LPS technicians are likely to be able to quickly identify what adjustments need to be made. If anything gets jostled out of position during shipping, LPS technicians are once again likely to be able to spot the issues quickly. Finally, LPS techs will have typically just finished testing the machinery in-house, in turn making them able to quickly set up the equipment correctly upon delivery to the packager's facility. All of the set up can be done with explanation to those who will be working with the equipment, making the installation a kind of training of its own!
While even automatic machinery is built with ease of use in mind, training on a piece of automatic equipment or on a complete packaging line will be beneficial to those operators that will be in charge of keeping the equipment running efficiently and reliably. Touchscreen interfaces are often included on rinsing and filling machinery, with control panels on most capping machines. Each type of packaging machine will have unique controls and adjustments. Understanding, for example, the different duration and delay times that make up a fill cycle, will help the operator to make adjustments in the future if necessary.
It is also more common for a packager with an automatic line to run multiple containers or products than for a packager to run one product constantly, filling one container. When this is the case, machines will need to be adjusted when switching containers or products, a process LPS calls changeover. Having an LPS technician to assist with changeover in the early stages of running production can also not only save time, but help to ensure the correct adjustments are made to each machine when changeover occurs.
If issues exist during the initial startup of an automatic packaging machine or a packaging line, either during set-up, operation or changeover, having a technician on-site simply helps the troubleshooting process move more quickly and smoothly. Allowing operators to run machinery with technicians on-site also allows them to ask questions and ensure they understand the controls of the equipment, rather than learn from trial and error, which in rare circumstances could be time-consuming, costly, or both! Though not a requirement, the potential to save time and money leads LPS to strongly encourage installation and training for automatic packaging machinery.