Bagging machines can also be called packaging machines. There are primarily used for all kinds of bagging operations, from little packages to distribution packs.
Bagging processes include; fabrication, cleaning, filling, sealing, combining, labelling, overwrapping, palletizing.
Most packaging operations cannot be done without packaging or bagging equipment. For instance, some packaging requires heat to seal the bag or package. With many producing industries, the heat seal is essential and critical to the safety of a product. Eg. Food, drugs, among others.
In choosing a bagging machine, it is essential that one checks the technical capabilities, how much work it can process, how safe it is for the one using it, maintainability, serviceability, reliability, it’s cost, floor space, energy requirements, quality of outgoing packages, among others. One should also know that a packaging machine can be:
1. Purchased as standard, brand new equipment
2. Purchased custom-made to specific operations.
3. Purchased reconstructed and upgraded.
4. Manufactured by in-house engineers and maintenance staff.
Packaging/bagging equipment or machines can be leased.
– Accumulating and collating machines
– Bottle caps equipment, over- capping, seaming, lidding closing, and sealing machines.
– Carton machines
– Cleaning, sterilizing, cooling, and drying machine.
– Coding, printing, marking, stamping, and Imprinting machines.
– Converting tools
– Filling machines
– Label or print applicators
– Slitting machines, perforating
– Weighing machines
– Wrapping machines
– Other specific devices like cutting, lasers, etc
Packaging or bagging is essential as it protects a product.
1. Packaging speeds labor productivity. Using a machine is obviously faster than using your hands. For instance, hundreds of bottled drinks can be capped in a few minutes using a computer.
2. Goods that are to be expired will need proper bagging for protection and preservation.
3. Bagging, especially for consumable products, is hygienic. These products don’t have to come in contact with hands, which allows products to be germs or even infection-free.
4. Bagging reduces labour and improves the working environment for heavy products.
5. It protects workers from the negative effect of some hazardous products and prevents environmental pollution.
Bagging machines vary in sizes, which contributes to how much quantity it can produce in a minute.
They are manual valve bag filling system. This requires that an operator is available to place the bag and then remove it when it’s full of a fork truck.
There is a semi-automated valve bag filling system. Here, an operator puts the bag, but part of the machine referred to as an integral kicker will be fixed to remove the container. So packet is processed from manual to robotic palletizing.
There is also an automated valve bag filling system. This is a little manual and more robot palletizing.
Then finally, the fully automated valve bag filling system. This is totally a robotic.