Packaging System Must-Haves
As a general rule, there is no such thing as a "must-have" machine or component for every single packaging system. The industry has yet to manufacture a universal packaging system. Instead, the "must-haves" will be determined on a case-by-case basis taking in to account the ultimate goal of the packager and the system itself. In other words, each packaging project will have unique goals and specific machines that are necessary to achieve those goals. By looking at the product, the package, the space available, the labor available and many other factors, LPS can help the packager find his or her own "must-haves".
Still, many new to the packaging industry call LPS and ask, before anything else, what equipment they need. At this point, LPS Packaging Specialists will help the new packager to gather the information - that they probably don't know they already have - in order to choose the best equipment for the project. The more LPS can learn about the company, the site, the product and the package, the better we can help in choosing equipment.
For example, a start-up company with two employees trying to find market space for a new beverage will likely not have the room or the work for a complete, turnkey packaging line. However, if these two entrepreneurs have been packaging by hand, they may find that the labeling of the bottles takes twice as long as the filling and capping of the same. This company might want to start with a tabletop labeling machine to save time and money in the long run. Eventually, they might want to consider a tabletop filler and capping machine as well, but the "must-have" at this stage of the company would be the labeling machine.
On the other side of the equation, a packager may have picked up a new contract for hundreds of thousands of product on a routine basis. Tabletop machinery simply would not be a good solution for such high production demands. Assuming the space is available, this company may want an automatic inline packaging system that will rinse, fill, cap and label bottles at close to a hundred a minute, making it easier to hit production demands.
Even if a company is only looking for a single machine, such as a liquid filler, discussing the project with LPS Packaging Specialists can help identify the best solution for the project. Bottle fillers may be tabletop, uniframe, semi-automatic or completely automated. In addition, different fillers work well with different viscosity products, producing a more accurate fill by volume, level or other method. Finding the ideal solution, even for a single machine, will take a bit of effort up front to ensure the best results on the production floor.
Of course, there are literally thousands, if not millions, of different combinations of equipment, including custom manufactured machinery for unique projects, that might fit the bill as the best solution given all of the factors for a given project. So if you're not sure what's best for your packaging project, call LPS and start a conversation. Answering a few questions can save you a lot of time and money in your packaging future.