Five Add-Ons And Features For Bagging Machines That Can Help Protect Your Bottom Line

Vertical or linear bagging machines are a critical piece of packaging machinery, especially if you sell coffee beans, powders, candy or a range of other items. There are a range of features and accessories you can add to your vertical bagging machines, and many of them can help you save time or money.

1. Programmability With Ability to Save Multiple Options

In most cases, when you set up your vertical bagging machine, you tweak the controls or measurements based on the size of bag you are using or volume of product you want to pack. Most vertical bagging machines make this relatively easy by including tech features such as touchscreens.

However, in addition to basic programmability, you should look for a machine that also saves different settings. This helps to speed up your workflow because you don’t have to reprogram the machine each time you want to make a change. Instead, you can simply look through your list of saved preferences and choose the one relevant to your company. That saves time, reduces payroll and ultimately helps your bottom line.

2. Dosing Equipment

In some cases, you can buy vertical bagging machines with dosing equipment attached, and in other cases, you can modify an existing machine so that it has dosing equipment. Depending on what you select, this equipment has the ability to measure the items you are bagging by weight, volume or number count. This insures accuracy which can save you money in multiple ways.

Namely, you don’t have to worry about over packing any of your bags and accidentally “giving” extra product away. Additionally, consistency can help to manage client expectations and reduce returns and complaints.

3. Linear Actuators

Linear actuators are a relatively new development for many vertical or linear bagging machines. These tools are rodless ball screw attachments, and they force the machine to automatically adjust to the size of the bag that has just entered the conveyor belt.

If you are using bags that are flawlessly the same size, you don’t need this feature. However, if you are using bags that are slightly irregular, you may want to look into an actuator. In particular, some inexpensive bags have irregularities. The linear actuator makes up for this fact by grasping the bag and positioning it carefully before filling it. This saves you money because it allows you to potentially use less expensive bags, and it helps to eliminate costly errors when using odd-sized bags.

4. Sleeves

Rather than using bags, consider looking for a vertical bagging machine that works with plastic sleeves. Sleeves are typically cheaper to buy than bags as they are easier to make. Essentially, the manufacturer just has to create a long sleeve or hollow “tube” of plastic, rather than creating multiple bags with seals on their bases. That helps you save money. When you use the sleeves, the vertical bagger cuts them, seals the base and fills them.

5. Automatic Sealers

In some applications, you may want to seal your own bags. For example, if you sell vintage candy, tying the bag shut with a cute ribbon may be more authentic than having the bag sealed by machinery. However, in other cases, you may want to looking into packaging machinery that can seal the bag for you.This saves time and helps to reduce labor costs. It also reduces the amount of open-ended bags that may spill on the production floor and lead to wasted products.

To learn more about add-ons or features that can help to streamline your bagging experience and save your company money, contact a company like Ferguson Packaging Machinery that sells processing equipment.

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5 Ways The Right Stretch Wrapper Can Save Your Company Money

If you work at a company that ships large amounts of products, you know how important it is to wrap loads securely so they are safe during transportation. A properly-wrapped load will not only prevent the products from being damaged during shipment, but it also makes it safer for employees working around these large loads. What isn’t so obvious is that the right stretch wrapping machine can also save your company money. Keep reading to learn how:

1. Contains Labor Costs

If you are looking at containing labor costs, then you really need to take a look at time. This means saving time, like automating simple and repetitive tasks whenever possible. When you use a semi-automatic pallet wrapper, your employees will be able to wrap loads much quicker than if they had to do it by hand. This frees your employees up so they can do other, more productive work.

Do the math to really see the savings: If you have a stretch wrapper that automatically cuts the film at the end of the wrap cycle, you can save about 30 seconds on each load because the employee can stay on the forklift. Over a 5-year period of wrapping 50 loads a day, this one little feature can save your company upwards of $7,000. This is based on a $14-per-hour labor cost. If your wrapper also automatically attaches the film to the load, you are saving a good 2 minutes per load. This equals out to more than a $29,000 savings over the same 5 years at a $14-per-hour labor cost. 

2. Saves Space

Whether you own or rent space for your company, you have to pay for every square foot you occupy. If the space in your business isn’t being used productively, then you’re loosing money. When you have a pallet wrapper with an integrated scale, you have a piece of equipment with a single footprint. Without the need of a separate freestanding platform scale, you now have more space that can be used for something more productive. Better yet, add a second stretch wrapper with an integrated scale to double your load output and increase profits.

3. Improves Safety

Keeping your employees safe isn’t only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. Work-related injuries can be very costly to employers. When a company switches from hand-wrapping to a semi-automatic stretch wrapper, the physical stress on employees will be less. Also, these machines are designed with safety features to reduce risk even further. Some of these safety features include:

  • Fully insulated wires to prevent electric shock

  • Fully enclosed motors prevent scrape and burning hazards

  • Large turntables keep pallets fully inside

  • A film delivery system that sits on the same side of the machine as the controls, so the operator doesn’t have to walk between the mast and the load

  • Guards around the rollers to prevent hands from getting caught

4. Increases Yields

When wrapper film is applied by hand, there is no pre-stretching involved. But when you use a semi-automatic stretch wrapper, a pre-stretch film delivery system usually comes standard. With this type of system, there are 2 rollers that turn at different speeds to stretch the film. This increases the yield of each roll of film so you buy less. For example, a typical 6,000-foot roll of film that has been 100% pre-stretched becomes a 12,000-foot roll.

5. Prevents Damage

The main purpose of stretch-wrapping loads for delivery is to prevent damage during transit. When items are damaged, your company has to pay to replace the items and re-ship to customers. So, the less damage you incur, the less expenses you’ll have. When pallets are shipped with the correct containment force, are locked with a film cable, and don’t have any long and/or dragging film tails, then the chances are high that the products will arrive at their destination safely. Implementing standards for your loads that include the use of semi-automatic wrappers and enforcing these standards will ensure the risk of in-transit damage is greatly reduced, thus saving you a lot of money.

As you can see, when you have the right stretch wrapper, you can save a significant amount of money for your business. If you have any questions about these types of machines, contact your local pallet-wrapping machine distributor for more information. They will be happy to help you.

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Using The Power Of The Cloud For A Competitive Edge In Manufacturing

Cloud technology may not be something that most people associate with manufacturing, but that is changing rapidly. As technology grows and changes almost daily, it’s more important than ever that manufacturers stay up-to-date with the latest tech trends in order to maintain a competitive edge. New technology means constantly changing software, which can be both tremendously expensive and difficult to implement for many manufacturers. However, using software based in the cloud can mean manufacturers get the benefits of the new technology without completely overhauling their own systems every time a change is made.

3D printing

With a huge surge in the use of 3D printing in the manufacturing industry, using cloud-based software systems allows even smaller companies to keep up with the changing face of manufacturing. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is the software used by manufacturers to run their operations. It’s not easy to change your company’s ERP, and it can be very expensive. However, cloud-based ERP systems allow manufacturers to use new technologies without the massive expense of completely changing their existing ERP structure.

Because 3D printing allows for very detailed, personalized products that can be created in batches of one, manufacturers can use the technology to make test pieces, to better meet their customers’ needs, and to re-create items that have been discontinued for special orders. If they had to maintain and change up the specifications for these items in standard ERP, it would be time-consuming and expensive. Cloud-based ERP allows them to make all the changes that are necessary, and share the results with anyone via the cloud.

Employee access

Being able to access your employee data from anywhere in the world is useful in any industry, and manufacturers who choose to use cloud-based software can do just that. Employees can also be “on the same page” when it comes to software updates and changes without having to physically update old software systems in every branch of your business. Cloud-based ERPs give employees access to important data in real time, which can speed up collaborations and increase productivity.

Every aspect of manufacturing, including human resources, finance, and scheduling, can be made simpler with cloud-based ERP because it is more efficient and accessible 24 hours a day. Manufacturers can automate many aspects of their business, including scheduling, and make changes across the entire company from one place, making the day-to-day running of the company much easier for every department.

Acceleration of new product development

In manufacturing, reducing the time it takes to develop and produce new products can be crucial to beating out the competition. One of the most useful aspects of using a cloud-based manufacturing software program is the fact that it can help turn ideas into realities much more quickly. Being able to access data from around the globe, instantly, utilize the data to design the product, then begin production immediately after the design has been tested means less waiting, more production, and a quicker way to get products to market.

Cloud-based technology is also on the rise among consumers, and manufacturers can use this to their advantage, offering updated products quickly without requiring a complete overhaul of the production systems already in place. As more consumers demand cloud-based technology, manufacturers will have to be ready to offer these fluid, ever-changing products to meet the demand of the public, or face falling behind.

Although there are still a few holdouts who haven’t bought into the cloud-based ERP, many manufacturers have already begun to implement it, and eventually it won’t be a matter of choosing to go “with the cloud” or not. As technology expands its reaches deeper into the manufacturing industry, those who don’t use such programs run the risk of falling behind and being unable to compete in today’s busy economy. For more information, contact a production software specialist.

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Several years ago, I purchased a small clothing factory. My goal was to focus on producing quality goods that were affordable for people on fixed incomes. It didn't take me long to see that we needed to improve the production process. To get started, I brought in a production and efficiency expert. She looked at our current production layout and identified several ways to eliminate waste and shorten the amount of time needed to cut and assemble a garment. With some rearranging of machinery and job responsibilities, we were able to increase our productivity by 30% and reduce operational costs by the same amount. Whether your company produces clothing, widgets, or toys, it pays to take a second look at the process. Let me share what the expert did to help us. You may find some of those same suggestions will work for your operation.


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