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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Troubleshooting

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.

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Managing Your Packaging Equipment’s Problems

When machines fail, repair or buy new onesPackaging line machinery requires a bit of care and attention to consistently work as well as it can. Optimal efficiency rests on several factors – whether the machinery can stand up to what you and your company demand from it, whether the machine is in full working condition, and whether your staff is fully trained on how to use the machines.  If your line is not working to its fullest potential, there are some foolproof ways to change that.

Purchase Better Machinery

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 and refurbished packaging machinery can save your business a lot of money while still allowing you to purchase newer and more efficient machines. Whether you want a vertical form fill seal machine with the capability of working faster than the one you have now, or an updated scale that is able to measure out your product more accurately, check out High Performance Packaging’s selection of refurbished machinery.

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.

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Essential Machinery for an Efficient Packaging Line

Machines required to run a packaging line

When you’re building up a packaging line, you probably already have some idea of what machines you might need. However, if you’re new to the industry, it can help to have a bit of a crash course to learn about some of the more common machines used in packaging lines so that you have some idea where to start looking.

Conveyers

Of course, conveyers are used in all types of packaging lines, simply because they are ideal from taking a product or package from one place to the next. Some conveyers only take pieces of a package down the line, such as bucket conveyers or bucket elevators, while others are simply tasked with moving product along a line, like takeaway conveyers. Most packaging lines will require the use of a conveyer belt in one way or another.

Fillers

Different types of filling machines may also be included in many lines. Filling machines such as auger fillers are used for products including powders, granules, and liquids, and are ideal for filling containers without wasting and product.  If your company works with fine powders like talc or flour, which tend to become airborne with some packaging systems, look into using auger fillers in your packaging line to help avoid this.

Form Fill & Seal Machines

Form fill and seal machines are also used in many companies’ packaging lines. Should you need one of these, you can choose between vertical and horizontal form fill and seal machines, which are each used for different products, generally speaking. Vertical form fill and seal machines are used for products that are packaged in multiples—candies, snack products, for example—as well as product that are not ideal for horizontal filling—like sugar. These machines can be used for non-food products as well, though the food industry does use them a lot. Horizontal form fill and seal machines are better suited for heavier items and items that are packaged either one to a container or need to be vacuum-sealed –think frozen pizza or a package of hot dogs. Those products are vacuum-sealed before being shipped off, so horizontal packaging machinery is the better choice.

Weighers

One more machine that is often used in packaging lines is the weigher. Weighers are what keep your packages consistent in weight, of course—this ensures not only product quality control, but also that your company doesn’t lose out by accidentally putting too much product the packages it sells.

If you’re not sure which machines you should purchase to build your packaging line, the knowledgeable staff at High Performance Packaging is happy to help – contact us anytime.

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Why Use Ilapak Machinery?

When you’re looking for packaging machinery for your production line, plenty of manufacturers make the machinery you need, so it can be difficult to make a decision when it seems like all of the machines are the same. It can help to know a little bit about some of the common brands in order to start narrowing down your decision, though. Let’s learn a bit more about Ilapak today.

About Ilapak

Ilapak was founded in 1970, with a dedication to customer satisfaction. Since then, the company has grown to 450 professionals, selling more than 650 machines every year—both individual machines and complete packaging lines. The company is headquartered in Switzerland, but has five production sites in Switzerland, Italy, China, Arkansas, and North Carolina. Each site is dedicated to creating industry-leading packaging machinery. The company focuses on meeting the needs of various industries, and with plenty of satisfied customers, 70% of the company’s sales are from existing customers. Their developments are in tune with current needs of packaging companies, so when you’re in need of packaging machinery, you can rely on Ilapak machines.

What Do They Specialize In?

Ilapak machines cover a range of packaging needs, such as feeders, weighers, and horizontal and vertical form fill seal machines. Packaging and filling machines from Ilapak are designed to package products with durable seals, hermetic seals for MAP applications, three- and four-side seals, sachets, block-bottom bags, and more. Ilapak supplies entire packaging lines as well as singular machines. Whether you need automatic feeders, horizontal form fill and seal machines, or other packaging equipment, Ilapak may have just what you’re looking for. That’s why at High Performance Packaging, we’re proud to offer used and refurbished Ilapak machines.

What Industries Are Their Packaging Machines Ideal For?

Ilapak machines are ideal for food industry packaging needs, including:

  • Bakery products
  • Biscuits and cookies
  • Cheese
  • Chocolate and candy
  • Coffee, sugar, and tea
  • Meat and poultry
  • Pasta
  • Pizza and tortillas
  • Produce

These machines are good for other industries as well, including wet wipes (baby care or household use); non-food packages including single- or multi-packs, shrink-wrapped items, and more; liquids and pastes (both food and non-food);  dry pet food; and cards—including 4-sided seals.

Ilapak machinery is known to be durable and high quality. If you have any questions about the brand or any of the machinery High Performance Packaging offers, contact us today.

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Brand Profile: Kliklok-Woodman Machinery

When considering different manufacturers of packaging machinery, it can be overwhelming to sort them all out and determine which are among the best. One name you may have heard in the business is Kliklok-Woodman. They’ve been in the industry for nearly 70 years, and focus on serving a variety of industries with their machinery, including food packaging industries as well as industries requiring top-notch packaging machines.  Learn more about Kliklok-Woodman and their machines.

About Kliklok-Woodman

Founded in the 1940s, Kliklok-Woodman began as a promise between a food producer, a machinist, and a vendor selling basic packaging materials. Together, they worked to create the solution to packaging problems – needing the technology that would allow businesses to be more efficient. [M1] Since then, they have built the reliable, high-quality machinery that High Performance Packaging is proud to offer today. Kliklok-Woodman’s focus has always been versatility, speed and innovation, with solutions made for new and emerging packaging needs. Since many consumer decisions are based on the packaging presented, it’s essential for companies to use a package that is appealing and durable, as well as packaging that improves shelf life when possible.

What Types of Machinery Do They Offer?

Kliklok-Woodman offers several different types of machinery. Perhaps most well known are their vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) machines, which include bagmakers and filling systems to create great packages for the snack food, bakery, confectionery, and frozen food industries. Kliklok-Woodman also offers cartooning machines, including topload machines, endload machines, and wraparound machines. Carton formers are available for a range of different carton styles, perfect for many products and industries. The company also manufactures special-applications products, such as multi-bag balers, pie wedge lines, trolly loaders, DCLs, and more.  Whether the industry you need packaging for is a food industry or a non-food application, there are solutions available that can be tailored to your needs.

If you’re interested in learning more about Kliklok-Woodman machinery or would like to find out more about any of the brands we carry, the professionals at High Performance Packaging are ready and waiting to discuss our catalog of used and refurbished machinery with you. Our used Kliklok-Woodman equipment is held to a high standard of quality and is available to you in excellent condition.

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