If you’re looking at buying a complete bulk packaging system for your business, there are some important factors that you should consider. And if you’re considering buying imported equipment, there are some additional questions that you should answer before making any final commitment.
For example, if you are considering purchasing a machine from overseas, are you satisfied that there will be sufficient technical support or that spare parts will be readily available if required? Who will service or repair the machine? Will the system be able to adjust if your business expands? Are you certain that the system you are considering is a proper turn-key packaging line where all the pieces of equipment integrate well together – and not a hybrid collection of a variety of different machinery?
When choosing a bulk packaging system for your business, you obviously want to ensure that the system works seamlessly and efficiently – and that the equipment can be adapted easily to accommodate changing needs. Not all suppliers can make that promise, so it is important to make a very careful choice when it comes to deciding who you’ll buy your packaging system from.
You will need to ensure that the system is suitable for your particular product. For example, a horizontal bale packaging machine can be very effective on products such as cereals, rags, sawdust, straw, hay and fodder, whilst vertical form, fill and seal machines are ideal for larger applications such as bagging oats, hay, mulch and fertilisers.
You’ll also need to consider your throughputs. For example, if your production line involves high throughput, you’ll need to choose equipment that is best suited to those volumes.
Choosing the right bulk packaging systems can also result in considerable reductions in storage space and significant savings in packing and transportation costs. For example, a horizontal bale packaging machine can compress products such cereals, sawdust, hay and fodder into a quarter of their original size – which can be a considerable advantage.
Other aspects to consider when looking at bulk packaging systems include feed assemblies, as there are different types of feed assemblies for the various products. For example, a two-stage gravity feed assembly is usually used for free-flowing products such as grains and seeds, a two-stage conveyor feed assembly is generally used on semi free-flowing products such as flour mixes and stock feeds and an auger feed assembly is commonly used for aerated products that tend to fluidise, such as flours and cements.
Another important question to ask is whether your can buy bulk packaging equipment off-the-shelf or whether you need a custom-designed system to suit your particular needs.
It’s essential to partner with a supplier who understands your situation, both your current situation and your future needs, and who can not only recommend a suitable solution but who will be able to guide you through the installation process and provide comprehensive after-sales support.
At AccuPak, we are one of the leaders in bulk packaging equipment in Australia. Our eight branches across Australia offer a diverse range of quality bulk bag filling equipment which we either source from trusted European suppliers or else we manufacture it locally. Contact your nearest branch to find out why so many companies choose AccuPak for their bulk packaging requirements.