How Can the Food Packaging Industry Benefit from Used Machinery?


If your business packages and sells food, you’ve probably already built up a packaging line that’s readily efficient for your needs. If you want to upgrade it though, you might feel like you’re hitting a wall when it comes to budget and finding a good supplier for all of the equipment you need. If you’re stuck, it’s time to consider used machinery. Purchasing used machines for your packaging line can greatly benefit businesses in the food packaging industry, for a variety of reasons.

Purchasing Newer or Better Equipment

When you shop for new machinery, you may be limited to what fits into your budget. This might mean getting stuck with older models or machines that don’t quite fit your needs, but come close enough. When you make the decision to buy used, however, you may have the option to buy a newer or better machine—but because it’s been gently used, it’s offered at a lower price than an older, brand-new machine. Being able to purchase better equipment at a lower price—you can’t get much better than that. Whether you package meat products, snacks, or virtually anything else, used machinery can be a great way to boost your productivity. Some of the products that can be packaged with these machines are:

  • Frozen fruits, vegetables and prepared foods
  • Bakery products
  • Grains
  • Candy, snacks, nuts and chips
  • Pet food
  • Pasta and other dried foods
  • Coffee and tea

Saving Money and Boosting Efficiency

Because used equipment is, in fact, used, it’s generally offered at a lower cost to the next buyer. While used equipment may be cheaper, that doesn’t mean you’re investing in something risky. At High Performance Packaging, we’re proud to offer our clients the best service we can, and that includes offering programs that help optimize their packaging lines’ efficiency. When your line is maintained at optimal efficiency, you’ll reap the benefits—more product packaged in a shorter time means faster shipping and better turnaround, which in turn leads to happier customers. Saving money is always on business owners’ minds, and shopping used equipment inventory can help you do just that. Here, you’ll have options for purchasing used packaging machinery such as:

  • Combination weighers
  • Conveyers
  • Code date printers
  • Label systems
  • Hoppers
  • VFFS and HFFS machines
  • Metal detectors
  • Pallet wrappers

Gaining Access to Professional Training and Support

Purchasing used equipment may mean you’ll have access to great customer tech support, as well. At HP Packaging, we want our clients to feel confident in their investment, which is why we offer operator training, tech support, troubleshooting and maintenance, and an OEE program, which monitors your overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). With all of these options available to you, purchasing used machines seems like a no-brainer.

For more information about used machines, contact HP Packaging today.


Benefits of Getting Tech Support from Your Machine Supplier

HP Packaging Provides Tech Support for Used Packaging Machines Like This Combination Weigher

When you purchase machinery for your packaging line, the hope is that everything is smooth sailing—no issues with performance or efficiency. Of course, like most every other piece of machinery in any industry, the time will eventually come when you need maintenance, troubleshooting, repairs, or a performance review for better efficiency. In these instances, you have the option to contact a local technician or the manufacturer of the machinery, but there’s a third option for getting the tech support you need—contacting the vendor you purchased the machinery from.

What Can the Vendor Do?

In High Performance Packaging’s case, we don’t just sell the equipment and cut contact with our clients. We strive to ensure each of our clients has a good experience with their machinery and gets the most out of their investment. For that reason, we offer operator training, troubleshooting services, a preventative maintenance program, and a performance improvement program to ensure that your machinery offers you the most benefit. Purchasing from a vendor that has working knowledge of the machinery can mean that any maintenance, problems, or repairs get fixed faster, which can in turn cause less downtime for your business.

At HP Packaging, we also offer an OEE Program, which helps you maximize your overall equipment effectiveness, or OEE. This program helps your business achieve peak performance.

When you purchase from a vendor who has no interest in how the machinery ends up working out for their clients, you may have to settle for dealing with customer service representatives who may not know how to handle your problems. Instead, seek out a vendor who has a lot of knowledge about the products they sell.

More Knowledge from Certain Vendors

At High Performance Packaging, because we sell used equipment and offer training on how to use and troubleshoot the equipment, we’re well-versed in how the machines work.  We offer customized maintenance plans for your used machinery, which helps ensure years of reliable service from the machines you purchase from us. Instead of taking a chance on a machine repairman who may not know the inner workings of the brand of machine you’re using, it helps to know that you can seek quality help from the vendor you purchased from. When you buy from HP Packaging, that’s exactly what you can expect. For more information about our services and products, contact us today.


Why Do You Need a Used Combination Weigher or Checkweigher?

Used Combination Weighers from HP Packaging

If you’re in the business of packaging goods, chances are you have a complex line of machinery for getting your product into the appropriate packages and shipped off to your customers. If you manually weigh out each package, or you have to put multiple ingredients into the same package, a combination weigher might be a great help for you and your business. They have the ability to not only streamline the packaging process, but also make it more fast and efficient, thanks to having the functionality to weigh multiple ingredients and ensure consistency in each package.

What Can a Combination Weigher Do For You?

Since vertical form fill sealing machines work by bagging product from a hopper, it makes sense that they’d pair perfectly with used checkweighers—weigh stations that instantly read how much product is in a package to ensure consistency. The combination of the two machines can save your company a significant amount of time and may allow for reallocation of work for employees who manually fill and weigh packages. It may also lead to increased output for your business.

If you package your goods into bags that need to weigh the same amount, combiweighers are a perfect solution for getting consistent results every time. The hoppers can contain the product until it’s ready to be weighed out into packages, and once the packages are prepped, each head of the weigher weighs the proper amount before dispensing into a package. These machines are especially helpful for multiple-ingredient packages—for instance, a cereal that has two kinds of grain flakes, plus almonds and cranberries will need four heads to complete one package. Each head can be set up to weigh out a specific amount so that the more expensive ingredients aren’t overfilled. This can, in turn, save you money by way of ensuring you don’t use too much of the pricier ingredients before running out of the “filler” ingredients.

What Brands are Best?

There are a number of manufacturers that specialize in combination weighers. Some of the more well-known brands include:

  • Bilwinco
  • Combi
  • Ishida
  • Multipond
  • Yamato

These are just a few of the brands that offer combination weighers. Some have been in business for several decades, and are dedicated to manufacturing some of the most reliable weighers on the marker.

Should You Consider Used?

If you’re unsure of whether a combination weigher will be worth the investment or are worried about going over your budget for equipment, it’s important to know that you have the option to purchase used machines. Buying used machinery is an easy way to save a significant amount of money without having to sacrifice quality. Many people think that used equipment means they’re inheriting equipment that was returned for defects, but the reality is that used equipment is often simply no longer needed by its original owner for one reason or another, and still have a lot of years of use left in them. Do your company a favor: add efficiency and save time and money by purchasing a used combination weigher.


If you decide to implement this equipment in your company, make sure you take the time to fully train your staff, so that all of your efforts toward efficiency aren’t lost because people don’t know how to operate the machinery. Once your employees know how to work with the new machines, you’ll be able to enjoy a more efficient process for packing, and you may even be able to take on more work because it takes less time to package and ship your goods.

Promote Safety and Save Money with Used Code Date Printers

Used Code Date Printers from HP Packaging

When you are in the business of packaging food, it’s your responsibility to ensure that the product you sell is not spoiled or unsafe by the time it reaches distributors and customers. For that reason, printing a use-by or sell-by date on food products is common, standard practice to ensure safety.  Code date printers are one commonly used machine for printing these dates, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck paying top dollar if you need them for your products. Instead, consider purchasing used equipment.

Top Brands and Reliable Machines

Many people think that buying used packaging machinery and accessories is a sort of “get what you pay for” situation, by which saving money means you’re getting an inferior, unreliable or damaged machine. That’s not the case when you purchase from High Performance Packaging, however. Our stock of inkjet and thermal transfer code date printers includes top brands that you can trust, such as Videojet, Markem, Norwood and more. These printers can be easily integrated into your packaging line, and work to promote safety. Having clearly printed dates alerts consumers when the products they are purchasing will expire and when it will no longer be considered safe or advisable to consume. Dates are printed on myriad products, from pharmaceuticals to foods and more, so it’s important to have a reliable machine for printing the dates legibly.

Printing directly on the product or product’s packaging has its own set of challenges, and these machines meet those requirements—for instance, some products like eggs need to be code-date printed with food-grade inks. Some other products and packages that code-date printers are compatible with include:

  • Packaged, prepared food
  • Pet food
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Dairy products
  • Cosmetics and personal care items

Aside from consumable products, code date printers are also used on industrial packaging, for instance on cables and pipes, chemicals and electrical/electronic components. Regardless of your specific application, when you need a reliable code date printer, purchasing used is a great way to get that quality without overspending.

Why Purchase Used?

Used machinery, when purchased from a reputable seller, can give you the option to get a machine that was previously out of your reach due to budget concerns. Used machinery that’s being resold is often in great condition, lightly used with a lot of years left in it. A common misconception is that purchasing used machines just means inheriting someone else’s problems, but a lot of the time, used machinery is just from a user who needed something else to suit their needs a bit better. Purchasing used machines such as code date printers from High Performance Packaging is a great way to get the machines you’ve been looking at and considering purchasing at a lower cost than you’d spend if you were buying new. An additional benefit is that HP Packaging offers training and technical support, perfect for getting your new machine up and running efficiently. We also offer troubleshooting services, preventative maintenance and performance improvement programs to help enhance your packaging line’s overall efficiency.


3 Common Misconceptions About Buying Used Packaging Machinery

Combi weighers from Ishida, available from HP Packaging.

If you’re interested in buying packaging equipment, but you’re on a tight budget, you may be considering purchasing used machines to save some money. You may be apprehensive to do so, however—and that’s likely because you’ve heard some of the common misconceptions about purchasing used machinery. Don’t fret—those misconceptions are just that—myths. Buying used machinery is a great way to save some money and get high quality products at the same time. Learn more about three of the common misconceptions about purchasing used machines, and why you don’t need to worry.

1) The machines won’t last as long as new ones.

The most common misconception is that purchasing used machines puts you in the position of potentially needing to replace those machines sooner than you’d need to had you purchased new machinery. That’s simply not true—at High Performance Packaging, you can trust them to last for many years to come—used machinery doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing durability or quality.

2) You won’t be able to find the name brands you trust.

In the same vein, many people believe that discounted machinery will only be available from lesser known, less trustworthy brand names. Again, this is not true. Used machinery isn’t lower quality, nor is it in worse condition than new machinery. When you purchase used machines from High Performance Packaging, you’ll have access to an inventory of machines from the brands you not only know and trust, but the brands you want to use in your packaging line. You’ll be able to purchase high quality equipment at a lower price than new machines—an ideal option for businesses on a tight budget.

3) The sellers can’t help you if the machine has any problems.

While some sellers may not be able to help you once you take the machine off your hands, that’s not true with us. At HP Packaging, our technicians and support staff are not only there to help you install the machinery if you need, but they can also help teach you and your staff how to use the machines, as well as troubleshoot problems should they arise. Our support staff is proud to have a full working knowledge of the products we sell, thanks to their 10 to 25 years of experience within the field. In addition to offering operator training and troubleshooting, we also offer a preventative maintenance program which can help keep your machinery in top shape, and line start-up help, which means you’ll have an easier time building up your packaging line from scratch.

At HP Packaging, we’re dedicated to helping our customers get not only a great deal, but great equipment and great service. Call today for more information.


How Can a Vertical Form Fill Sealing Machine Benefit Your Business?

Matrix VFFS machine in packaging line

Vertical form fill sealing machines are a ubiquitous fixture in many packaging lines, and it’s not surprising to learn that many companies use them. They are an automatic assembly line product packaging system, and they’re commonly used in the food industry and with many other products. These machines form plastic bags out of a flat roll of plastic film, and simultaneously fill these bags with product and seal the filled bags. VFFS machines are versatile, as they can be used with solids and liquids, making them an ideal machine for many different products. If you’re considering purchasing one for your packaging line, learn more today about how it can benefit your business.

How Do VFFS Machines Work?

VFFS machines offer businesses a fast and efficient way of packaging their products. A roll of plastic film is fed through the machine’s long, hollow conical tube, where the outer edges of are sealed together to form a bag. Then, a horizontal sealing bar clamps across the bottom edge of the plastic, sealing those pieces together. This bag is the lowered onto a weighing table, where the product is filled into the bag, and when the target weight of the bag is reached, the filling stops and the horizontal sealing bar seals the top of the bag, and that bag is cut away from the rest of the roll, ready to advance onward in the packaging line. During the sealing process, the bag may be filled with air from an inert gas supply. This helps protect the product from crushing—take, for instance, a bag of potato chips—and drives out oxygen, which can prevent or slow the growth of bacteria.

How Can They Benefit Your Business?

Vertical form fill seal machines are not only fast and efficient, packaging dozens of packages per minute, but they also maintain consistency with your product – each package will have exactly the same amount of product in it. Many food packages can be filled with nitrogen instead of oxygen, which can extend the product’s shelf life, which is obviously beneficial for your product. The consistency and efficiency of these machines are some of the main reasons that companies purchase them for their packaging lines. Horizontal form fill seal machines are also popular fixtures, and determining which machine is best for your business may depend on what you are packaging. For more information about each type of machine, contact High Performance Packaging today.


What Industries Can Utilize Used Packaging Machinery?

Chances are, if you’re in an industry that uses packaging machinery, you already know it. But if you’re a small business, or are looking for a way to optimize your packaging process, you may not be aware that there are options available to you at a cost that might fit your budget better than brand new machines. Many different industries can benefit from used packaging machines—can yours?

What Industries Benefit from Packaging Machines?

Used packaging machineryOne of the main industries that use packaging machinery is the food industry. Without machines, the packaging process would not only be inconsistent, but it would be much slower. With machines, companies are able to package consistent weights of their product, which is not only good for aesthetic reasons, but it also ensures no money is lost either from overfilling the product or underfilling—which may result in unhappy customers. Aside from weighing, used packaging machines can be used to seal products like frozen pizza, individual condiment packets, and much more.

Other industries that use packaging machines include:
• Automotive
• Cosmetics
• Toys
• Retail

These are just a few of the industries that can use packaging machines to advance their business and productivity. If you’re interested in optimizing your packaging line, but are working with a tight budget, buying used packaging machinery is a great way to do so. We offer high quality machines that will fit into your budget and are restored to be fully functional for years to come.

What Kind of Machines Can These Businesses Use?

Within these industries, different companies can benefit from different types of packaging machines. For instance, combination weighers can be used for weighing out multiple bags of product quickly and easily, which is ideal for the food industry. Shrink bundling machinery, including form fill and seal machines, is ideal for packages that need to be airtight, or need to be sealed with no airspace between the package and product, such as automotive parts. Many industries can benefit from using conveyers, as well – these help speed up the packaging process for virtually any item you’re packaging. No matter what sort of packaging machine you’re interested in, buying refurbished is a great way to build up your line without breaking the bank.

For more information about the different types of machines that High Performance Packaging offers, contact us today—we’re happy to help you find whatever you need to make your business work better.


Which is More Useful for Your Business: HFFS or VFFS Machines?

The benefits of the horizontal and vertical fill machines depend on the products themselves

The benefits of the horizontal and vertical fill machines depend on the products themselves

If you’re in the business of packaging products into containers and shipping them off, you know that it’s important to make sure your machines are working at optimal levels of efficiency. When it comes to choosing the machines your company uses, one of the choices you might have to make is between a horizontal form fill and seal machine and a vertical form fill and seal machine. Of course, the benefits of each will depend on the actual product you need to package, such as whether you’re in the food industry or you’re packaging non-food items.

Why Are VFFS Machines Better for Food Industry Products?

Because so many food products are sold by weight, packaging them horizontally isn’t often the most efficient way of doing so. Instead, vertical form fill and seal machines allow the product to be sorted out and weighed into the container easily, partially thanks to gravity. Horizontal form fill and seal machines are typically better suited for products that are heavier, as they rely on a conveyer belt rather than a feeding spout. Vertical FFS machines are used for things like candy, condiment packets, and loose products that may be difficult to handle manually, such as sugar.

Should You Choose an HFFS Machine?

If you’re in a business that packages products such as vacuum packed products, including some food products such as frozen pizzas or hot dogs, as well as other, non-food products like magazines, electrical or hardware products, plastic silverware packages, and much, much more. When your product is heavier or needs to be vacuum-sealed, laying it on a flat surface to be packaged tends to be more efficient. This type of packaging is typically also better suited to products that have a limited amount of pieces – things like sugar, as previously mentioned, would not fare well if they were packaged with a horizontal form fill and seal machine.

Depending on the business you’re in, one machine may be the clear winner. However, if you’re still unsure of whether you would benefit more from a horizontal or a vertical form fill and seal machine, feel free to contact High Performance Packaging. We can give you more information and help you come to the best decision for your particular product and business.


Optimizing Your Packaging Line for Maximum Efficiency

Maintain productivity by routinely checking equipment status for breaks in need of repair

Maintain productivity by routinely checking equipment status for breaks in need of repair

When your goal for your business is to optimize your packaging line for maximum efficiency and output, there are a few ways to go about doing this. Maintaining efficiency is key for ensuring that your business is doing all it can with its budget, and when your packaging process involves using multiple machines, it’s important to make sure each machine is working its best.

Operator Training

The first step toward making sure each machine is being used to its full capacity is providing operator training to your employees.  At High Performance Packaging, we are proud to offer our clients operator and maintenance training to increase the skills of your staff.  We are fully versed in all the machines we sell, which means we’ll be able to pass that information on to you.

Preventative Maintenance

In order to maintain the highest level of productivity, it’s also essential to schedule preventative maintenance for the machines in your packaging line. Much like you bring you car in for oil changes and tune-ups, preventative maintenance for packaging machinery can help ward off bigger problems or necessary repairs down the line. Maintaining machinery is the best way to ensure efficiency—when the machines are running smoothly, there’s no worry of unnecessary downtime that can cause your business to lose money.

Performance Improvement

Another way to boost your packaging line’s efficiency and productivity is to make sure that the machines you’re using are the best ones you can use – whether you need to upgrade or not. You may think that your budget doesn’t allow for purchasing new machinery, but when you have the option to purchase used and refurbished machines, that may change everything. Refurbished machines are the same quality you need to rely on, yet cost less than new machinery. But because they’ve been checked, repaired, and brought back to life, they’ll still last you many years.


Finally, knowing what to do should machines malfunction is important. This can save you a lot of time because if you know how to check various systems and parts for things going wrong, you won’t have to spend hours or days waiting for a repair man to come in and fix the machine. Knowing just the basics can significantly speed up your troubleshooting skills—and again, High Performance Packaging is proud to offer troubleshooting training on our machines.


What to Do When You Have Problems With Your Packaging Machinery

When machines fail, repair or buy new ones

When you work in a packaging plant, productivity relies on the machinery within the space working smoothly and without issue. As many business owners know, however, that’s not always the situation. When there are problems with machines, work can all but come to a halt—so what do you do when you have a problem and need answers now?

Contact Your Machine Supplier

When you have a problem or need troubleshooting help, a great first step is to contact the company you purchased the machinery from. Whether you need help with used Combi scales, Yamato scales, or any other brand, the packaging equipment company you purchased machinery from should be able to help you with any issues that come up. After all, they likely want to keep you satisfied as a customer, and helping you with troubleshooting, repairs, or even further training with something they sold you. Making sure you purchase equipment from vendors who provide great customer support and who will be willing to help you with problems, repairs, training, or any other questions you might have about a product after your purchase.

Purchase Better Packaging Machines or Consider Refurbished Parts and Machines

If your packaging machinery isn’t doing what you need it to, it may be time to upgrade. Think that’s impossible? It may not be as out of reach as you think. Considering used replacement packaging machinery can save your business a lot of money while still allowing you to purchase newer and more efficient machines.

Refurbished machinery has been used, yes, but the company selling it has also taken the time to clean, fix, and restore it to excellent quality. So, even though the price is lower and it has been pre-owned, you’ll still get a reliable, top-quality piece of machinery. What’s better, companies that specialize in selling refurbished packaging machinery are usually invested in their products, since they spent the time refurbishing them, as well as their customers’ satisfaction and thus will want to help you out if you have any questions about the purchase.

Repair the Machines You Already Have

On the other hand, if you don’t need new machinery, but your existing packaging equipment isn’t working quite right, it may need to be repaired or need routine maintenance. Bringing in a repair service is an easy thing to do and can get your machinery back in working order faster than you think. To prevent problems from arising before it’s too late, consider scheduling preventative maintenance services. You wouldn’t let your car go for too long without an oil change, and packaging machinery should be treated with the same care. Maintain it, and it’ll last you for years to come.

Call in Training Specialists

If the issue is that your employees aren’t well versed in how to use the machines, that’s an easy fix. At High Performance Packaging, we’re glad to offer training services for all of our machinery, so that you and your employees can get the most out of your investment. We offer training for machines including:

  • Combination Weighers
  • Auger Fillers
  • Liquid Filling Equipment
  • Vertical and Horizontal FFS
  • Tray Packing
  • Cartoners
  • Blister Packs
  • Overwrappers
  • Case Erecting/Case Packing
  • Depalletizers/Palletizers

For improving your packaging line, contact High Performance Packaging.