Thinking of Upgrading Your Packaging Machinery? Here’s How to do it Right

Your packaging machinery is the backbone of your business. Without the right equipment, the productivity of your employees plummets dramatically, cutting into your profits. The same can be said about using equipment that is hopelessly outdated or that keeps breaking down, requiring downtime as well as pricey repairs. Whether your business is meeting its profitability targets as planned or you want to give it the extra push to reach those goals, upgrading your plant floor with used VFFS packaging equipment or used HFFS packaging equipment can help you do so.

A Hefty Investment

There is no doubt about it—upgrading your packaging equipment can be a large expense for your business—especially if you purchase all new equipment. You can cut down considerably on the amount that you spend by replacing all or even part of your equipment with used equipment. With the technological advances of today, used equipment is able to be restored to the same high standards—or better—that ensure its continued peak performance for you and your business.

Make Your Old Equipment Continue to Work for You

Even when you are ready to upgrade, you can continue to make your investment in your old equipment work for you. By selling your used equipment to High Performance Packaging Group, you can recoup some of your capital and use it toward upgrading your equipment. Not only will you have packaging equipment that is more timely and cost effective, you won’t be taking a total loss on your used equipment either. It is a winning solution that can enable you to make your budget work more effectively for the betterment of your company.

High Performance Packaging Group specializes in providing top-quality used equipment for today’s cutting edge industries. Their technicians specialize in the support and installation of the packaging equipment that best suits your needs. In addition, they offer assessments of your current operations so that you can enjoy PEAK performance and top-notch employee training.

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

Does Your Packaging Line Need Shrink Bundling Machinery?

In today’s day and age, the safer a product is—especially food products—the better. When it comes to choosing packaging methods for food products, utilizing shrink bundling is often a choice for many companies, simply because it ensures a higher level of safety when shipping off products for retail sale. Additionally, it is a less expensive method of packaging, and protects products from harmful environmental conditions, thus improving the products’ marketability. If you’ve been looking for a way to make your production line more efficient and your products safer for your customers, shrink bundling machinery may be the way to do both.

Types of Shrink Bundling Machines

There are a variety of different machines that fall under the category of shrink bundling, including shrink tunnel machinery, shrink wrappers and more. Some of the brands offered at High Performance Packaging include Conflex Shanklin, Eastey, Extreme, Shanklin, Preferred Packaging, Arpac, and more. In addition to shrink-wrapping individual item, these machines can wrap boxes, trays and bundles of multiple products. Bundlers are available in many different styles and configurations, including inline flow, right-angled infeed, horizontal Z-flow, vertical Z-flow and flight bar, to name a few.

Industries that Utilize Shrink Bundling Equipment

Shrink bundling machinery can collate bottles, bags, stacked cartons, cans, paper products, building supplies and much more. Shrink bundlers can be custom designed to package a range of different products across many different industries such as:

  • Food
  • Beverages
  • Personal care
  • Household care
  • Automotive products
  • Roofing and building materials

If you’re unsure of what type of shrink bundling equipment would work best in your packaging line, High Performance Packaging can help. Our associates can give your more information about the inventory of used shrink bundler machines we offer, and you’ll be pleased to get a great deal. At HP Packaging, we sell used packaging machinery because we believe that every company should have the chance to own and use high quality, reliable machinery. Contact us today to find out more about our inventory of shrink bundling machines.

Best Brands to Consider for Combination Scales

Combination scales are an essential machine for many companies’ packaging lines. These scales are able to weigh out different components of product and package them into the same container or bag. Combination weighers facilitate the process of packaging a combined assortment of goods into the same package, so it’s important to use one that does so efficiently. In the packaging machinery industry, there are a number of companies that manufacture these machines. Learn more about some of the leading manufacturers before you make your decision on which to buy.


Bilwinco offers a range of scales that cover portion sizes from 10 grams up to 500 kilograms, for a total output of up to 300 kilograms per minute. Ideal for dry foods, these weighers are known for being some of the best in the business. Bilwinco has been a market leader in weighing and packaging industries since 1955 and is headquartered in Denmark. The company also develops and builds custom-made solutions for its clients.


Combi is another company known for its high-quality scales and weighers. They are behind the PrimoCombi, the first open frame combination scale with an electronic control panel that can be conveniently placed anywhere. Typically, other brands’ scales have the scale located at the base of the scale, which can make cleaning the machinery more difficult. Combi was founded in 1991 and has since delivered packaging systems to more than 30 countries. It has facilities in Las Vegas, Montreal, Toronto and Miami.


With a network extending to 70 countries, Ishida is a leading manufacturer of weighing and packaging machinery. The company is currently celebrating its 120th anniversary, so they’re a company you can rely on to be here when you need them. In addition to manufacturing high-quality combination scales and multihead weighers, they also make conveyors, snack food bag makers, automatic wrappers, platform scales, and a number of other machines.


At Multipond, the focus is on producing some of the best known multihead weighers out there. Serving both food and non-food companies, these machines are designed to deliver individual computer combination weigher abilities that companies can trust for accuracy. Multipond has been in business since 1987, and is positioned as one of the market leading innovators in the industry.

Parsons Eagle

With more than 90 years of experience, Parsons Eagle serves specific markets including pet food, pet treats, fresh fruit, cereals, confections and more. Parsons Eagle Packaging Systems is a division of Campbell Wrapper Corporation of De Pere, WI, and is also a leading supplier of horizontal flow wrapping and form/fill/seal packaging solutions. They offer dependable, high performance packaging equipment for a variety of industries.


Another leader in this business is Yamato. With roots dating back to 1922, this company is here to stay. Yamato offers an array of different packaging machines, and their combination scales and weighers are available in more than 100 different models with varying features. The company is headquartered in Mequon, Wisconsin, and the line of products address virtually any packaging needs.

Want to learn more about any of these brands? Contact High Performance Packaging today!


How Can a Bucket Elevator Benefit Your Packaging Line?

If you’re in the business of packaging goods into bags or packages, chances are you are always looking for ways to make your packaging line work harder for you and get more done in less time. If you’ve optimized most of the line in your workplace but still want more results, it may be time to consider adding a bucket elevator to your packaging line. Bucket elevators are machines that haul bulk materials (often powders, grains, or similar products) vertically. They can move products from light to heavy, from fine to large pieces, making them ideal for a variety of different products across a range of different industries. Its main purpose is to carry materials from one place to the next, allowing for an efficient process of packaging.

How Can they Speed Up Packaging?

Bucket elevators work to transport materials from one place—for instance, the overall supply stores—to the next station in the packaging process, like the weigher or bagger. They speed up packaging by picking up a designated amount of product in each bucket, then conveying the product up an incline to the next piece of machinery. These help speed up the packaging process as you no longer have to measure out each batch of product, and you also don’t have to worry about wasting product, since bucket elevators are meant to be used with products such as floury or small-sized bulk materials (cement, grits, sand, etc.) as well as coarse, highly abrasive materials—heavy-duty bucket elevators can transport pieces of material up to 120mm in size. In essence, they optimize the way that the products are handled, minimize waste, and ensure speedy delivery to the next packaging machine in the line.

Types of Bucket Elevators

There are a variety of different bucket elevators that are used for different types of materials. For example, there are high-capacity belt bucket elevators, heavy-duty bucket elevators, chain bucket elevators, and high capacity chain bucket elevators. These different machines offer the option of high conveying heights (greater than 175 meters, depending on the type of machine and material), are resistant to wear and to abrasive materials, and make the process of transporting bulk material quicker and easier. At High Performance Packaging, we are proud to offer our customers an array of bucket elevators from some of the industry’s top brand names, such as:

  • Kamflex
  • Key Technologies
  • Meyer
  • Unitrak
  • Smalley
  • FMC Food Tech
  • Allen Systems
  • Deamco

Purchasing used equipment is an ideal way to add top quality machinery to your packaging process without going over your company’s budget.

Contact High Performance Packaging today to learn more about the variety of used bucket elevators available for your packaging line.

Hayssen: What You Should Know about this Industry Leader

In the packaging machinery industry, there are a lot of different manufacturers that are well known for different reasons and for building different machines. Hayssen is one of these industry leaders, and what better way to find out what your line might be missing than by learning about what Hayssen stands for and what they’re known for?

An Overview

Hayssen is a member of the Barry-Wemiller family of companies. As a global manufacturer of flexible packaging systems, they create machinery that fills and bags thousands of food products including candy, coffee, frozen foods, cheese, produce, snacks, bakery goods, pet food and much more, as well as non-food products. Their goal is to “design and manufacture [systems that] maximize the efficiency and lifetime value of your packaging line,” and based on their longevity in the industry, it’s apparent they’re meeting that goal on a regular basis.

Where Do They Work?

With state-of-the-art facilities in the USA, UK and Italy, Hayssen is able to distribute their machinery to businesses globally. Their product line currently includes a variety of equipment, including continuous motion baggers, intermittent motion baggers, horizontal form fill seal machines, flow wrappers, and integrated packaging systems. They have a diversified product line that allows them to offer a range of different solutions to different industries and companies.

Industries They Serve

In addition to providing machinery for the food packaging industries, they also create equipment that can be used by the pharmaceutical and medical industries, cleaning and other general-product industries. They offer packaging solutions for a range of different package types, including vertical bags, horizontal bags, pillow bags, C-fold packaging, and much more.

A Dedication to Producing Efficient Machinery

Hayssen manufactures machinery that can produce many units per minute—up to 220 bags per minute when filling a VFFS pillow bag, or up to 250 bags per minute for HFFS bags, for instance. Machinery can also be customized to meet your business’ specific requirements, whether that’s a custom bag style, a high-speed production need, or anything else. Hayssen has proven over the years to have the know-how and dedication to providing their customers with excellent quality, reliable packaging machinery.

Why High Performance Packaging Sells Used Hayssen Machines

At High Performance Packaging, we believe that every business should have access to machinery that will help them succeed. For that reason, we believe in offering a way for businesses to get high quality machinery at a lower price than buying new equipment. We sell used, fully inspected equipment at prices that businesses can afford, and the machinery we offer is reliable and will last for years to come. We don’t just stock Hayssen, either—we offer machinery from the top brand names in the packaging industry.

Contact HP Packaging today to learn more about the brands we offer and the types of machinery available for your packaging line.

How Accessible Packaging Opens More Than Products

Most of us see opening a package as an easy task. Yet for some, like seniors, people with disabilities, or young children, opening a package takes more time and effort. Especially as safe packaging proliferates the food and medical industries, senior citizens are increasingly left behind. Seniors make up the largest and fastest-growing market demographic, so easy-to-open products are a forefront issue for High Performance Packaging.

Easy Packaging Solutions

There is a variety of options open to packaging manufacturers. MultiVac products can implement any one of these to increase product accessibility while still keeping contents fresh and sterile.

  • Base Film Cuts. This is an incision that goes partially into the packaging, but not all the way through, giving the consumer a weak point to exploit.
  • Tear Flaps. An unsealed area extends across the entire package, and the tear flap covers this opening. This is one of the easiest-to-open methods.
  • Thumb Holes. This is another type of tear flap, but a thumb-sized impression is punched into the tear flap. This is great for those with poor vision and muscle control.
  • Peeling Corners. Commonly seen on pre-prepared and frozen food containers, one of the edges sticks up without compromising the contents.
  • Serrated Edges. This is often located above ziplock or zipper bags. The length of the packaging is easily torn, keeping the product safe until its first use.
  • Tear Slit. Similar to the serrated edges, a tear slit has a single weak point on the edge. This is a great method for helping seniors open individually-wrapped medication.
  • Chevron Seals. This is another type of tear flap that is commonly used in wider packages. A V-shaped chevron seal is at the top of the package, so when the consumer pulls on the edge, the brunt of the force is located at the V’s tip. There is no question about the location of the opening flap, which is perfect for medical equipment.

High Performance Packaging provides solutions that address all of our client’s needs. We deliver answers to unique problems and have a range of easily-opened products to address the growing concern of difficult packaging.

Keep It Fresh: Produce Packaging in the 21st Century

Produce is one of the first food groups people think of when food packaging is mentioned. Fruits and vegetables are difficult to keep fresh unless you have the correct materials and know about proper storage.

Produce Packaging Needs

Organic foods have been increasing in popularity over the last two decades. Experts believe that between 2013 and 2018, the market for organic foods will rise an additional 14 percent. However, foods grown free of preservatives and without genetic assistance have shorter shelf lives and can lose taste more easily during transportation. They have less fungal and bacterial resistance, which can cause mold to form before products even arrive at stores.

Packaging needs to address these concerns—some of which are airborne. Plastic containers may prevent new microorganisms from compromising food products, but unless they are tightly-sealed in a vacuumed package, microorganisms are locked in with the food when sealed.

Packaging and transportation also have to meet USDA standards. Currently, there are 166 standards for 86 different kinds of produce and related food commodities. These standards check for decay, defects, dirt and contamination, firmness of the product, size, color and other qualifications based on produce type.

Sustainable Packaging

High Performance Packaging excels at meeting food transportation needs. We use a cold pasteurization technique that utilizes extremely high hydrostatic pressure. The pressure is applied over a short period of time. The procedure is environmentally friendly, does not change the nature of the food or add additional chemicals, and prolongs the lifespan of produce and the essential vitamins within the food.

The high pressure kills bacteria with an effectiveness usually reserved for high temperatures and chemicals. However, chemicals compromise the organic label and are unsafe for consumers, and high temperatures can break down food quality.

The HPP process also extends extra convenience to consumers. Ready-to-eat meals can be stored with greater freshness, and produce will last longer in the fridge, lowering the money spent each month on rotten or spoiled food.

The High Performance Packaging Advantage

The goal of High Performance Packaging is to work with food producers to meet the rising demand for nutritious and organic foods that lack additives and stay fresh for taste. For more information on how we can help with your food packaging needs, please contact us today.

Packaging Solutions for Electronic Devices: 5 Tips for a Perfect Package

If you are reading this from your computer, there is a good chance your cell phone is sitting next to the keyboard. If you live in the United States, there is a 56 percent chance your home includes a gaming console. In Britain, that number rises to 80 percent. Electronics are ubiquitous. They pervade every aspect of our daily lives.

Electronics are also delicate. Shipping and protecting electronics requires taking many different factors into account. To deliver the perfect package, all those specifications need to be addressed.

  • Theft Protection. Quality packaging is not just about shipping. Retailers that offer electronics enjoy additional packaging protections because video games, SD cards and cameras are small and easy to steal. Without cumbersome packaging, they lay flat against your chest. Some retailers require magnetic strips or other alarm-compliant features. Meeting with the retailer to understand their needs is the best way to responsibly address their approach to theft protection.
  • Double Over. Double over packaging is the practice of placing a box within a box. This will protect the most sensitive devices. The first box should be packed tightly to correct product shifts in transit.
  • Protect the On Button. A tablet or phone that turns on during an airplane flight will generate a lot of heat. Excessive heat on a long flight may lead to a shorted product or a cabin fire.
  • Follow Safety Regulations. Items shipping internationally are subject to a variety of packaging laws, especially with more volatile products like batteries. Ensure total compliance with the laws for a successful transit.
  • Shield Electronics. Changes in temperature, air pressure and humidity can seriously damage electronics. Static electricity can easily build with enough friction and air pressure changes. Airtight packaging protects against oxidation in humid climates and provides dust protection from loose particles that can compromise device efficiency. Some electronics are light-sensitive, but with opaque, sealed packaging, most environmental problems can be eliminated.

High Performance Packaging works closely with clients to meet their needs by utilizing MultiVac methods in innovative ways. They have shielded packaging for electronics and offer theft protection and package tracking so clients can safely deliver their products.

The Medical Professional’s Guide to Packaging Equipment

The medical profession involves several instruments, machines, and tools that must be packaged carefully to serve personnel and patients. Safeguarding equipment sterility is of the utmost importance. Medical products and medications have especially stringent packaging requirements.

Quality packaging should deliver a complete order without complications, be ready for storage, and meet all regulatory requirements. High Performance Packaging’s MultiVac packaging is one of the medical field’s top choices for a number of reasons:

  • Clinical Trials. Sometimes clinical trials require individual attention to each of the study’s participants. Labeling, package content and clean equipment are very important, especially in double-blind studies.
  • Medications and Supplements. Lifestyle products, like supplements and medications, need to remain fresh yet easily accessible. Pain medications can be abused, or the medicine can be compromised. MultiVac ensures these issues can be prevented. With clearly written labels and individual wrapping, portions can be controlled by patients or their caretakers.
  • Vials, liquids and ampoules are often very sensitive to a variety of outside sources. For instance, many medicines need to avoid light exposure, otherwise they break down.
  • Sterilization Control. MultiVac packaging keeps devices sterile and ready for immediate use. Sterile products allow for medical vending options, too. Vending machines are excellent for inventory control, but without a guarantee that the product’s quality will be safeguarded, they are unreliable.
  • Safeguarding Diagnostic Products. Doctors and nurses expect tests to be extremely accurate; otherwise their diagnosis might be incorrect. Diagnostic equipment needs to remain precise. MultiVac ensures proper handling of the manufacturer’s product.
  • Transportation Protection. Catheters, needles and sensitive electronics are all susceptible to damage during transport. Improperly sealed equipment may not calibrate correctly or might be broken upon arrival.
  • A number of products are needed to keep hospitals and other medical facilities running smoothly, so the transition between transportation and storage should be quick and easy. With proper labeling and organization, you can save precious man-hours that would otherwise be spent carefully sorting incoming materials.

MultiVac can meet custom packaging needs to give the medical field an edge. High Performance Packaging works to pinpoint the essential parameters around your product needs to design safe and reliable packaging solutions. We handle individual wrapping, multi-component products, diagnostic kits, pharmaceuticals and more.

High Performance Packaging’s Guide to Buying Used Packaging Equipment

Buying used rather than new packaging equipment is an excellent business decision. It saves on overhead costs and is also environmentally friendly—a big plus for many consumers. However, there are always risks when buying used equipment. How can you ensure your used packaging equipment is up to the standards you expect?

There’s a right way and a wrong way to buy used packaging equipment. High Performance Packaging offers only the best in used packaging equipment—and here’s how you can tell.

Look at the company’s reputation

How long have they been in business? How many clients do they service? Do they offer services to ensure the quality of their used products? A company that can demonstrate expertise, customer service, and product quality through maintenance programs will likely be a good used equipment dealer. Ask references for information about timeliness, customer service quality, and overall satisfaction levels to back up a company’s claim before making the decision to purchase.

Are the prices competitive?

There are several used packaging equipment companies vying for your attention. Making the decision to buy used packaging equipment can often save your company hundreds or thousands of dollars when compared to new technologies. Look around at what competitors are offering to determine the average price for a piece of equipment. Once you’ve verified the price range, choose a company whose service you can depend on if your equipment malfunctions or something goes wrong.

Look for value adds

Companies that guarantee their products or services, provide maintenance and parts, and offer training programs for clients are offering far more than used equipment. They are offering a relationship to improve your work processes and gain future business. Companies that only act as a vendor may not support the products they sell or understand how the equipment should work.

A vendor that supports your packaging processes will provide assurance that your investment in their products and services meets your needs now and in the future.

Buying used equipment for your company can be a risk when you buy from the wrong vendor. High Performance Packaging takes the danger out of used equipment. With our help, you can make an economical, high quality choice for your packaging. Contact High Performance Packaging today to learn more about our used equipment and other offerings.