Feeding Hungry Spirits
We at Accent Packaging Equipment are looking forward to participate in the annual
"Feed the Hungry" Drive in Vancouver this Sunday, Dec. 15 2013.
Anita's Organic Grain from Chilliwack was able to donate Ingredients to us to produce Oatmeal cookies.
We are busy making enough to last.
Exited to meet all the other wonderful volunteers.
If you have any embitions for this event yourself,
let us know so we can connect you.
How did this get started?
Watch this YouTube video
When to use stationary wrapping versus wrap belts
We all know it. A labeler is the most finicky component of a packaging line. So many factors are involved in getting the label on straight. You adjust one component only to find yourself having to adjust three other ones as well.
That will never change on inline systems. Companies apply innovation around user friendliness but unless you make the labeler dedicated to one size or product, you have to put up with a constant tweaking of adjustments.
So what can you do to minimize the pain?
For starters, you have to do your homework around the components that are needed to apply your labels.
When to use a 6” wide conveyor or a 3” wide conveyor.
When to use a 8’ long or 6’ long conveyor.
Indexing Wheel versus Indexing Gate.
Wrap Belt vs stationary wrap.
What is your speed requirement? Wrap Belts are faster as they do not stop the product.
Never consider a stationary wrap when required speeds are above 25ppm.
That’s it. Even though speed is a very important reason, it is the only benefit over stationary wrapping.
- Accuracy of label application is usually better when the bottle is held between 3 rollers.
- When the label is narrow, perhaps below 0.5”, stationary label wrap is a must to achieve accuracy.
- Stationary label wrap can handle conical containers. Trying this in a wrap belt will drive you crazy.
- If the bottom of your container is not even and the bottle wobbles on the conveyor, you have no control how it gets to the labeler on a belt wrap. The wrap station will hold the bottle with the 3 rollers always the same.
Don’t get me wrong. There are continuous wrap belts that can overcome some of the mentioned problems. But be prepared to pay a lot more for those.
The ME109Coffee to the rescue
Terrelli Coffee had 3 choices to continue business.
- Continue as they have by dreading phone calls of coffee orders because that meant long hours of roasting and packaging.
- Hiring people to help out with the packaging
- Hire technological help
#3 was the only choice making sense as that not only meant faster through put of production volumes but also cost savings in reduced product give away.
Where to go, where to turn?
Larry did his homework, compared offers on a white board. Several columns with pricing and different options.
One company stood out with the lowest price, several thousand dollars less than all others.
It became clear however that the cheapest amount of expenditure does not necessary advance in business.
So he decided on the ME109 from Accent Packaging Equipment.
This seemed to be most versatile for starters yet more importantly, there was someone to talk to
and someone that came by to assure the equipment would do the job in the environment it was meant for.
“I was afraid that your competitors would drop the equipment off and expect us to put it together and figure it all out on our own.
Also, you are the only guy that came out to see our set up before we even signed up!”
6 weeks later, the ME109 coffee weigh filler complete with
• a vacuum loader,
• 5lb. bucket and funnel kit
• Hopper, Bucket and Funnel Vibrators
• Nitrogen flush and side gusset former funnel
helped Larry and Melissa to reduce packaging time from 7 hours a batch to 1 hour.
Cost Savings because of accurate weights are gravy.
Now the phone can ring to deliver more orders.
Would Larry make the same decision again?
“Absolutely I would buy this machine again.
The entire experience has been great and I can’t believe
how this system has changed our business approach.”
Bag Sealing 101
There are numerous types of bags and pouches that require closing along with just as many ways to close them, in this article we will be talking about Heat Sealing pre-made packages.
Heat Sealing bags and or pouches can be accomplished in a variety of ways. The “Best Way” can be as unique as the product being packaged and in some circumstances the application may require a custom or specially designed machine. Other common applications may require an “Off the Shelf” solution.
The common Heat Sealing applications can be broken down into certain categories, these are in my opinion…
• Type of Product being packaged. This alone is a major factor, asking is the product wet, dry, food, medical, dusty, etc.
• Volume. How many packages per minute need to be sealed.
• Type of Bag, Pouch or Sac being closed.
Over the years I have found that company and/or personal preferences can throw logic to the wind and what was a very good solution for one application may not be true for a similar one. All we can do is offer what we believe is the best solution for a particular customers needs once we have all the facts and whenever possible, samples.
The different common types of Heat Sealing include, Continuous Heat Jaw Style, Intermittent Heat Impulse Style, Continuous Band Style and Continuous Air Style.
There are likely others designed for certain applications.
If you are a small business in a start-up phase packaging light weight and low volume product or a larger company looking to package small spare parts, etc. you most likely don’t require a more expensive motorized machine. There are a variety of small to mid-sized Jaw or Impulse type sealers, some even offer a vacuum or M.A.P. (modified atmosphere packaging) feature.
Moving to the next level…
Your company is growing and you need to seal bags at a rate of 15 to 20 PPM. A motorized Continuous Band Style Sealer is most likely what you need. Once trained, an operator can feed a Band or Hot Air Sealer at approximately 22 PPM depending on circumstances. The Band Sealer will produce a Clean Flat Seal that is aesthetically pleasing and hermetic. The seal is produced by transferring heat via heated bars through a band, usually made from Teflon coated fiberglass or steel. This type of seal is found on food and medical packages, among others. It is perhaps the most versatile of machines as seal lengths are not an issue and when set up correctly will perform well on a variety of films and bag/pouch styles. When configured properly this type of machine has the ability of sealing heavy gauge bags and sacs manufactured using multi-layered or laminated materials including packages with side gussets and having fin seals either centered or on the gusset.
Hot air sealers provide yet another means to bag closing. They work by directing a stream of hot air at the material being sealed after which the material (package) passes through a set of crimp rollers. This type of machine is commonly used in harsh environments on packages that do not require hermetic or aesthetically pleasing seals such as, gardening products like bark, mulch, gravel to abrasive and dusty products like cat litter.
In the world today, there are numerous products and services offered by Asian companies, prices vary for these ranging from around $100.00 for an “Asian disposable” and up. These products are generally offered at costs far below that of North American and European manufacturers. This is due to their use of sub standard components and practices. North American or European production oriented models, which also offer more sophisticated features, are considerably more money, however these companies tend to offer years of reliable service and support.
As an example;
I was at a recent trade show and a customer visiting the booth advised me “There was a machine on another booth that did the same thing as ours”. “Theirs cost less than 1/10th of ours”. After pondering for a moment, I realized we could not buy the major components we use in our machines for that amount (our components must be approved by various test laboratories such as CSA, ULC, CE, etc. and conform to these safety standards), let alone design, build and support our product.
I explained this, and that we replace these disposable machines regularly, (usually in a rush after failure), that coupled with the fact the support is virtually non-existent for the Asian product(s), the end result; they are now satisfied customers of ours. It’s a simple fact; you get what you pay for.
S+S Metal DetectorsUnpublished
We are exited to announce that we have created a relationship with S+S Inspections to be able to integrate metal detectors into line set-ups.
S+S manufactures complete systems for metal detection as well as X-Ray Systems and Magnet Seperators.
The free fall systems lend itself to be integrated with our weigh fillers from the ME109 to the MAX109N bulk fillers.
Conveyor systems may include metal detectors but more emphasis is paid to X-Ray systems as this will pick up on other contamination as well.