Choosing an HFFS or VFFS Machine

VFFS Machine from High Performance Packaging

If you’re in a business that requires products to be packaged at a consistent rate, with consistent fill levels, using form fill and seal machinery is a common occurrence. When deciding what’s right for your business, you’ll likely have the choice between a horizontal form fill and seal machine (HFFS) or a vertical form fill and seal machine (VFFS). If you’re not sure which would be the better choice for your particular product, read on to find out which you should choose.

HFFS Machine Features

Horizontal form fill and seal machines are best for products that are solid and singular—things like frozen pizzas or car parts, to give both a food and non-food example. These machines allow for the placement of a product between two sheets of film, and then a sealer part closes and seals the ends of the packages as they roll by on the conveyer belt. HFFS machines are best for industries and businesses that have a high demand for productivity—in other words, companies that need a lot of product packaged in a short amount of time.

What about a VFFS Machine?

On the other hand, vertical form fill and seal machines are ideal for loose product that needs to be packaged into bags or pouches. For example, products like cereal or flour. These machines feed the product into vertical filler stations, which weigh a specific amount of product to be fed into each bag before sealing the edges. Vertical machines are better suited for products that are small pieces and can benefit from gravity feeding them into the bags.

Benefits of Purchasing Used

Depending on what product you’re packaging, one of these machines will probably be the clear choice. If you’re still unsure of which one is right for your business, feel free to contact us at High Performance Packaging—we’re happy to explain the differences between the equipment we offer and help you make the best choice for your needs. Additionally, because we offer used equipment, you’ll be able to save some money in the process. We believe that every one of our clients should have the opportunity to use high quality machinery, and that’s why we offer used machines from some of the top rated brands in the industry, including Hayssen, Matrix, Ishida, and many more.

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Why Do Packaging Companies Use Shrink Bundlers?

Shrink Bundlers from High Performance Packaging

In the realm of packaging products, there are a number of machines that are used to complete the task—shrink bundlers are one such machine. They are used to bundle together nearly any flat product, which makes them more ideal than vacuum sealers for certain things, despite doing very similar jobs. Some of the more common products that are used with shrink bundlers can include cans of soda, doors and windows, bulk amounts of boxes (such as unfolded pizza boxes), folding chairs, and stacked cartons.

Shrink Packaging: Why?

Shrink bundling is a way to efficiently group multiples of one item into a compact, secure package. It can be done with your unique specifications in mind, including product size, line speed, film gauge, clear or print-registered film, type of side closure, and final packaging appearance. Because shrink bundling is such a customizable and efficient way of packaging many things at once, companies that sell more than one of a product to a client or another company find that packaging the products this way is the easiest way to ship them.

Protecting Products

Shrink bundling can also be used to protect products from being jostled during shipping. For instance, in the case of windows being shipped, if they are bundled then shrink-wrapped, it is harder for one singular window to become broken in transit. The insulation of having the other products packaged together keeps all of the products safer from being damaged.

Purchasing Used Machinery

Used machinery often gets a bad rap from people who have previously purchased things like used cars that were not well maintained before they came into ownership. However, purchasing used machinery for packaging lines is not like buying a poorly maintained used car. When you purchase packaging machinery from High Performance Packaging, you’re getting a piece of equipment that has been thoroughly inspected before resale that will last in your facility for years to come. We are proud to offer our customers top-rated brand names that they can trust, so that they can get the machinery they need to succeed without breaking the bank.

For more information about shrink bundlers or any of our other machines, contact us today. We’re happy to discuss any of our machines, and if you do decide to purchase from us, we also offer training programs to ensure your staff is prepared when the machine is installed.

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Why Use Vacuum Sealers in Your Packaging Line?

Vacuum Sealers from High Performance Packaging

When you’re considering different ways and machines that will seal your product into packages, one such machine to consider is the vacuum sealer. Depending on what you are selling, you may want to get all of the excess air out of the package before shipping, either due to the potential for spoilage or simply taking up excess space that could be better utilized. If you’re on the fence between a vacuum sealer and another way of sealing your packages, consider the benefits of purchasing a used vacuum sealer from High Performance Packaging.

Remove Air Entirely or Replace with Inert Gas

Depending on what you’re packaging, it might be more beneficial to have the package completely devoid of extra air—thus the packaging sealed tightly around the product. The alternative to this option is using a gas flush option, which replaces the air in the package with an inert gas, so that your product is oxygen free, yet the contents are not sucked down with pressure or crushed by the packaging. For example, many food products like potato chips are packaged in this manner.

Preserve Products for a Long Time

When perishables are packaged, they either have a relatively short shelf life, or they are vacuum packed. Vacuum packaging food products like cheeses, tofu, meats and more can extend the length of time they are safe to eat, since they are not exposed to any air. Vacuum sealing protects against bacterial growth and molding, and keeps food fresher longer. If you’re not packaging food, vacuum sealers are still a great option to consider. They prevent the product from bouncing around within a package that has a lot of air in it, which can cause damage or breakage. Using a vacuum sealer can ensure that your package not only stays safe, but that you can pack more of them into one box for shipping. Save money on shipping and preserve your products while keeping them safe and securely sealed by using a vacuum sealer.

Purchasing a used vacuum sealer from High Performance Packaging will net you a high quality machine at an affordable price. For more information about vacuum sealers or any of the other packaging machines in our inventory, contact us today.

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How Can You Increase Your Line Speeds?

Packaging Equipment from High Performance Packaging

In your line of work, time equals money. The more product you can package in a certain time frame, the better. Increasing your line speeds, for that reason alone, is a great thing. But how do you do it? There are a few different ways, and once you know these helpful tips, you’ll be surprised you didn’t look into it earlier.

First Things First: Training

The first thing you can do to increase your line speeds is to ensure that all of your employees are adequately trained on the machinery you’re using. If they have any hesitancy when it comes to doing their work, this can snowball and waste a lot of time over the course of a day, a week, or a month. Another thing to consider is to train employees on more than just the machine they primarily use—that way, if someone is out sick, another employee can easily take their place, resulting in no downtime.

Identify Slow Spots – Monitor the Line

Next, you’ll want to monitor your line closely to identify any slow spots. This can be done either manually or with cameras to reveal places where the line slows down. This could be a scale that isn’t accurate enough to move packages along quickly, a capping machine that has trouble fitting the caps to the container, or any number of other sections that don’t work as efficiently as they could. Once you identify the problem areas, you’ll know what you need to do next.

Automate Time-Costing Sections

Once you’ve located problem areas, you’ll be able to make decisions regarding what to do to remedy the issue. For instance, if it’s an issue of a part being worn down, you can replace the part. If the entire machine is working improperly, you can talk to a technician about repairs or replacement, if that’s necessary. If you’re noticing a bigger problem—for instance, your team has to manually add caps to containers instead of letting a machine do it, you can decide to automate that part of the line.

Boost Employee Morale

Finally, another step you can take to help speed up the work process in your plant is to boost employee morale. This is a bit more involved, but happy employees who feel like their job is important and necessary will feel more inclined to do their work better and more quickly. Look into ways to improve your staff’s attitude and morale, and you might be pleasantly surprised at how much productivity can increase.

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How We Keep Our Trainers Trained

T3 Program from High Performance Packaging

At High Performance Packaging, one of our landmark services is offering our clients on-site training on all of our machines. This helps our customers work more efficiently, as it helps them better understand not only how to use the machines but how to troubleshoot them in the event that something goes wrong. This helps our clients save time and money in the long run, since they are able to at least identify problems and weaknesses more easily and without the help of professional technicians. But of course, since we have to teach our clients how to use and operate the machines, our technicians have to have a solid understanding of how the machines work, too. So how do we keep our trainers up to speed on all of our machinery?

High Performance Packaging’s T3 Program

At HP Packaging, our T3 (Training the Trainers) program is designed to continuously develop skills among our technicians so that they are able to not only provide training to customers, but to other trainers as well. Our T3 program consists of several steps:

  • We develop training material based on what a piece of equipment’s capabilities are, as well as what a business will use it for. We also take into account current skill levels of our technicians or the company we are working with.
  • Next, we develop focused training manuals based on the technical requirements of each person on staff, what types of equipment are used, and what downtime issues may arise with each machine.
  • Then, we develop a Train the Trainer course, designed to create skilled trainers within your organization or company.
  • Finally, we provide a pre-training and post-training test database, which picks random tests and retains answers to tests as well as test scores; this helps you stay up to date on the skill level of your existing employees and helps train new hires as well.

Why Not Just Call a Technician?

If your machinery is not working properly, you could, of course, just call a professional technician to take care of the problem. Unfortunately, that could mean at least a few days of downtime, plus more for obtaining replacement parts if necessary, then another trip for the technician to fix the machine. Overall, this method takes more time and is more costly than simply having the skills existing within your organization. When your employees know how to operate and troubleshoot the machines they use on a daily basis, they’ll be able to assess problems and find solutions faster than calling a technician to your site. Why waste the time and money waiting for someone else to figure out what’s wrong, when you could teach your employees to do the same thing? It’s a no-brainer.

Learn more about our training and T3 programs—contact High Performance Packaging today.

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Cut Out the Middle Man: Purchase Packaging Materials from Your Machine Vendor

When you work in an industry that requires machinery and packaging materials to get your product onto shelves or into the hands of your customers, you know that there are sometimes unique challenges that you’ll have to face. One of those challenges may someday be not being able to get the proper packaging materials from your regular supplier, being sent the wrong material, or material for your machine being on backorder. This can create a serious snag in your production schedule, since if you can’t get a hold of the packaging, you can’t package or send out your products. This can cost you a lot of money, not to mention it can cause you to miss deadlines, which can leave you with unhappy customers. If this has already happened to you, or you’re afraid of when it might, you’re not helpless—you can start getting your packing materials from the vendor that sold you your machines! That way, the materials will always be compatible with your machines, and you’ll always be able to get it on time.

Saving Time and Money

Aside from saving you the hassle of having to deal with having to find an alternate source of materials, buying directly from your machine vendor can be helpful because you can rest easy knowing they’ll always have the ideal packaging materials for your particular machine. Because machinery vendors know what their clients are packaging (or at least can find out very easily), they’ll be able to keep stock of what materials might be sought after, which can save you time since you won’t have to wait for a third-party supplier to find out what it is you need before ordering it themselves.

A Range of Different materials Available

If you’re interested in finding a newer, perhaps more efficient material for your needs, a third party supplier might not know where to point you—particularly if they are just used to offering up what they’ve got in stock. A machine vendor might have a better idea of what will work best for your particular application, especially if you’ve got a unique product or tricky package to work with. In this instance, a machine vendor will be able to suggest the best type of material, leaving the guesswork out, which can save you the headache of trial and error.

If you’re looking for a way to simplify your packaging line and materials supply chain, purchasing directly from the vendor you bought machines from is a great way to do just that. Contact High Performance Packaging for more information.

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Save Money By Replacing Individual Machine Parts

Machine Parts from High Performance Packaging

No matter how much maintenance and preventative measures you perform on machinery, there will most likely come a time when a part fails. If you’re not mechanically savvy to the point of knowing what needs to be replaced, you’re not stuck—particularly if you’ve purchased your machine from a company that refurbishes them. You’ll be able to talk to the professionals there about what your next move should be. They likely know the machines inside and out and can assess what your best course of action would be, and believe it or not, they may not always suggest simply replacing the machine.

Replacement Parts in Used Machinery

Depending on what’s malfunctioning, you might be able to get away with simply replacing the affected part. Over time, regular wear and tear will degrade the quality of the parts, necessitating repairs or replacements, so it’s important to talk to someone who can look at what’s going wrong before you decide to replace the whole machine. At High Performance Packaging, we offer our clients a wide selection of replacement parts that are compatible with the machinery we sell, so whether or not you originally purchased your machine from us, you may be able to upgrade or replace the part you need without issue. We offer brands you know and trust like Ishida, Yamato and many more, and our experts are happy to help you get your machine back up and running.

Troubleshooting and Tech Support

Whether you know what’s wrong and just need the part, or you’re not sure what needs replaced and you need help fixing your machine, it’s easy to find help with us. We know everything about the products, machines, and parts we sell, and are happy to help you learn more about the machinery you use in your packaging line, whether that’s vertical form fill and seal machines, weighers, or any other machine. We can also help you identify places in your line that could be improved, if you are interested in making your line more efficient.  Our commitment to offering quality products and service doesn’t stop at simply selling you machinery—we want to see you succeed as much as you want to succeed. If you’re having a problem with your machinery, give us a call—we’re happy to help you determine whether a replacement part will help or if you need to focus on more involved action.

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How Can the Food Packaging Industry Benefit from Used Machinery?

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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.

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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.

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Why Do You Need a Combination Weigher?

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?

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.

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