So many different industries depend on filling and packaging equipment – from pharmaceutical to agricultural and industrial and food and beverage, investing in reliable and quality filling, bagging and end-of line palletizing equipment is key to their success. Having production lines that run smoothly and effectively means you can process your products quickly and ensure a good return on investment without losing valuable time during the packaging process.
If you are just starting to think about what kind of filling, bagging or packing equipment would be most suitable for your business, here are some of the top frequently asked questions about filling equipment.
Where is filling equipment used?
Filling equipment is used across the spectrum of industry including in the food, pharmaceutical, agricultural building supplies industries to fill containers with a wide range of liquids, solids, powders, granules and foods.
What are the main types of filling and bagging equipment?
There are many different types of equipment to suit just about any application, and many manufacturers will custom-design a solution to meet a customer’s specific packaging needs.
There are gravimetric fillers which fill by weight and volumetric fillers which fill by volume, vacuum level filling machines for free-flowing liquids and others designed for dry products such as grains, there are heavy duty models or compact, bench top ones, there are fully automated, semi-automatic or manual fillers – basically there is filling equipment to suit any product and/or situation.
I’m just starting a new business – can I afford filling equipment?
A manual packing machine is surprisingly cost-effective and a small, hand-operated system that doesn’t require a power supply may be right for your business. Your best bet would be to discuss your specific requirements with a reputable filling equipment supplier who will be able to recommend equipment that is most suitable for your process needs and your budget.
Can my existing filling equipment be modified to meet the changing needs of my business?
Yes. Often it’s not necessary to purchase new equipment to accommodate changing needs of a business such as larger volumes, additional products and changes in packaging. An experienced packing and filling equipment manufacturer will have the knowledge and experience to assess your needs, improve your processes, update your existing equipment with the latest technology or perhaps even automate it. In any event, it’s worth talking to the professionals to see what can be done with your existing equipment before investing in anything new.
Can I rent filling equipment or do I have to buy it new?
Many companies offer hire / hire-buy solutions for bagging, filling and palletising machinery which can be the ideal solution when a business has a short-term increase in production output or when the timing isn’t right for capital expenditure on new equipment. Some companies will even offer equipment on a trial basis as well as offering short or long-term hire contracts.
Whether you’re starting up a new business selling home-made chutney or your multi-million dollar chemical operation is going global and you need advice on filling and packing equipment, it’s imperative to choose a supplier that has an established reputation. You wouldn’t want to find out the hard way that spare parts for your machine aren’t available or that there’s no-one who can provide technical help when you need it – so always check up on the supplier’s credentials before making any decision about buying or hiring filling equipment.
AccuPak is one of Australia’s leading suppliers of all types of packaging equipment with an established reputation for quality and service. Visit our branch locations page to see which one of our eight branches located throughout Australia is closest to you.