No one sets out to intentionally make a mistake, but when human error occurs, it can have far-reaching consequences.
As a service provider of consulting, sales, installation, and maintenance for End of Packaging Line equipment’s, we have seen many factory mistakes in planning and determining the equipment and machines needed for their packaging lines. Mistakes can be expressed in the wrong choice working methods, inadequate equipment or improper maintenance. The mistakes can occur in simple semi-automatic machines, as well as automatic and sophisticated lines.
By proper and professional planning, you can avoid the four common mistakes at the next purchasing of packaging machines. These four mistakes will fully describe below.
- Not Providing Detailed Specifications to the Packaging Equipment Supplier
Do not provide any relevant information about the packaged product, type of packaging, production floor, etc. to the service provider and machinery, ensures that the process of design and purchase of a new machine will be full of ups and downs. Information about the production environment, package dimensions, packaging type, required working condition and capacity, the final destination of the product and more, could help to create an image about the packaging system’s requirements. Don’t forget, details that seem like basic knowledge to you may not be obvious to us. Sharing of documents and other technical information necessary for proper communication with the supplier and manufacturer of the machines.
- Not Considering Used Packaging Equipment
Sometimes, buying new equipment is over your budget. Purchasing used equipment could be a perfect solution. However, finding a quality used equipment is not a simple task, all the more so, machines that are under full warranty. Expecting the same performance from a used packaging machine that you would get from new equipment can be setting yourself up for disappointment
Keep in mind that, for one reason or another, a previous party gave up on that machine. If purchasing used packaging equipment, talk to the equipment supplier or manufacturer before doing so. Inspect the machine’s safety systems. Are they up to your current standards? Can the control systems be upgraded or are they/will they become obsolete? Remember: You will typically end up getting what you paid for, and the older the machine, the harder – and more expensive – it will be to service.
- Not Utilized the Machines Supplier’s After-Sales Services
It has always been in some way a headache, why use the services of assembly and maintenance of the supplier and / or the machine manufacturer itself?
The answer is simple; no one knows the equipment’s like the machine’s manufacturer and its official service providers. Why use third-party services and / or internal maintenance staff to install and maintain the machines when the vendor itself, provides these services after deep learning of the systems.
Similarly, why do not you ask the machine’s vendor to instruct your tech team, how to properly operate the device, how and when maintenance and clean the equipment’s. Moreover, what about spare parts?
Working together with the supplier and manufacturer of the machine will enable smooth and continuous work without unnecessary problems. Eventually, it saves much money along the way.
- Not Researching the Packaging Equipment Supplier and Manufacturer
Purchasing a new packaging machine is similar to hiring a new employee – it’s a significant investment. Planning a visit to the proposed equipment vendor facility and having a face-to-face detailed application review meeting is invaluable in establishing and maintaining clear communication. Foregoing these steps may cause delays and costly change orders down the road, or modifications in the plant to correct missed project details. Get feedback from those who will be using the machine every day to facilitate a better working environment and optimal line performance.
Whether you are trying to automate your packaging line or replace slower/outdated technology, avoiding these buying mistakes will ensure a successful project. If you are currently planning a packaging project and have concerns that some details may be lacking and mistakes may be made contact us. We’re here to help!