Should buy this used sealing machine
We've been buying used items: cars, clothes, houses ... but what about packaging equipment? There are many used packaging machines in the second-hand market. It may be difficult to know how to properly evaluate used machinery, so today our sealing and cutting machine manufacturers offer you some suggested questions to ask equipment vendors.
1. What is the current status of the packaging machine?
At first glance, used packaging equipment looks great on pictures and videos, and even when you watch it in person, and it definitely works. However, just like used cars, please note that there are some things you can miss without training. Independently trained technicians can better determine if certain wear problems are normal or a sign of a larger problem.
2. Can you see used packaging equipment in person?
The situation is that the equipment is still in use at the seller's plant. This allows you to see the packaging system yourself while running the customer's product. This will give you an overview of its capabilities. In the second case, the equipment is still in the seller's equipment but is not in use. This will still give you the opportunity to see the packaging machine in person, maybe they can recycle the equipment for you without running any products. This still gives you a good idea of the condition of the packaging system. If for any reason it is not possible to remove the packaging equipment by "test drive", please be extra careful. This is not to say that the equipment is unsatisfactory, but that it will bring considerable risks if you invest heavily in second-hand packaging machinery without seeing its successful operation.
3. What is the history of the packaging machine?
Who is the original packaging equipment manufacturer? When was it made? How long has it been running, and more importantly, how many hours has it run? Similar to used cars, the year of manufacture and mileage can indicate the degree of wear of the used packaging machine. The older the packaging equipment, the more likely it is outdated and / or no longer supports or manufactures its control platform or components. The packaging world has set a deadline of 10 years; if the packaging machine is older than that, its total cost of ownership is likely to exceed your preparation. This is not to say that packaging opportunities will automatically "expire" after 10 years. On the contrary, sophisticated packaging machines can be put into use for more than 10 years. However, when buying on the secondary market, we recommend only using it with caution when considering the use of older machines. Contact the original equipment manufacturer for the serial number, original specifications, and any repair / maintenance history on the machine. Keep in mind that packaging systems may have received upgrades or further customizations that OEMs may not know about after installation.
4. Why was the machine / application built in the first place?
"When buying a used machine, the first thing to know is that although the model is based on a standard platform, each individual unit may have been and is likely to be custom-designed for a specific application and factory environment. Yes, packaging equipment is standard The base models are built, but each of these models has almost unlimited customization possibilities. For example, a coffee packaging machine may perform dust removal, quadrangular sealed bag components, gas flushing, and the addition of a valve applicator. The same basic The model machine can also pack snacks into pillow bags and requires a gap in the sealed jaws and zipper applicator. Both machines are built with the same standard model, but widely different product applications lead to very different High-end machines that can be retrofitted, but keep in mind that it is much easier to make a machine to your specifications than to retrofit an existing machine to your specifications (usually lower cost and less labor intensive). You should also consider Factory environment. If your product requires a hygienic design or higher IP rating enclosure, a machine for packaging snacks We can not meet these requirements.