Question: How important is it to consider the equipment’s flexibility or future capability in packaging equipment purchasing?
Answer: You need to know as a company where you want to be in five or 10 years. There are different offerings on each piece of equipment, and more complex machinery can do more things. If you want to take advantage of additional machine features either now or in the future, you’ll want to be looking for the equipment that will satisfy those anticipated needs or have the option to add them at a later date. Equipment is a big purchase for most companies, so you must look a few years down the road.
Question: Is it important to know all the requirements before looking at a purchase?
Answer: You are going to be unsatisfied with a piece of equipment if you did not figure out exactly what you need before buying; the machine will not perform to your expectations. The best way to get started is having those conversations with a supplier. They have the experience to make sure you select the right solution for your application, as well as addressing future needs. ProMach prides itself on the ability to consultatively sell equipment, and make sure the solution meets or exceeds your expectations. Performing your due diligence and asking questions up front will help guide you to the right partner and the right solution.
Question: How important is cost?
Answer: Cost is important, but it is more about matching equipment to the application. Some applications that may be more straightforward in nature may not require an expensive, top-of-the line machine. Many suppliers offer solutions ranging from entry-level with low to medium output, to robust, heavy-duty machines capable of packaging 150+ products per minute. Depending on your application, the machine and its series that you purchase is designed to grow with you. The takeaway here is to identify your application and match the right machine for that need, while being cognizant of how that machine or its family series can grow with you as your production needs expand. Packaging machines vary greatly in price. Chances are you will be running this machine for years to come, so do your research and buy a quality machine that is going to last the long haul.
Other cost considerations are materials (tray/film/etc.), down time, and support. When considering packaging machinery suppliers, make sure you’re finding a partner who will be get the job done right to keep your equipment performing at its peak for years to come. Buying quality machinery should result in less downtime. Support by your supplier should also include machine operation and maintenance training, empowering your team to keep your production output and quality high.
Question: Is there ever a time where it makes sense to hire a co-packer instead of purchasing your own equipment?
Answer: If you are running a new SKU or performing a trial run of a product, why set up an entire line if you do not know if it is going to be successful? In this type of instance, using a co-packer can make sense. If your line normally runs, for example, 12-ounce bags, but you are looking to diversify by offering a smaller bag with a limited quantity, working with a co-packer can be a great way to achieve those production goals. Using a co-packer also alleviates concerns such as staffing or adding equipment to package your products. In certain instances, using a co-packer can be a smart route to take.
The ProMach Flexibles & Trays business line is a single source provider of flexible packaging and rigid tray packaging solutions, ProMach serves a variety of industries and applications. With numerous machinery installations worldwide and a vast portfolio of rugged and proven solutions, ProMach offers extensive experience handling a wide range of products in diverse conditions. ProMach consults with customers to identify the ideal package type to fit their unique application for each project, giving customers both choice and flexibility. Many of the world’s most successful brands use ProMach solutions to package their products into bags, pouches, sachets, stickpacks, trays, and more.
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