Planning for Packaging Equipment Installation

You've got new equipment coming, packaging to test, staff to train, a schedule to meet. 

How do you ensure everything goes to plan and your production targets aren't compromised? Simple. Work with a team that knows what they're doing and that has a tried-and-trusted pre-delivery process. 

Here is our service technician, Josh Holmes, giving a little look under the hood of how Contour pre-tests high-volume tray sealing equipment

Things that are easy to overlook

Packaging products is a lot like baking a cake; you need the right ingredients, treated the right way, in the right quantities, and in the right order. If you are planning an equipment upgrade, the best way to ensure installation happens fluidly is to pick a partner who can also support you on the consumables and can pre-test your specific packaging equipment and consumables together, prior to installation at your site. 

In the case of products whose packaging involves a number of separate variables, like a tray that is sealed with lidding film, or a vacuum pouch that contains a backing board, it is absolutely vital that all the elements are tested together. Heat-sealing a pouch to itself is one thing, but ensuring a tight and durable seal between two different materials is much more complex. It is a common misconception that consumables like lidding film are all created equal, but this couldn't be further from the truth. The properties required for a product that must handle freezer-to-oven cooking are different to those required by a fridge-to-fridge product, like fresh meat, so make sure your packaging is pre-tested for your production line, supply chain and end-consumer.

Communication, communication, communication

When it comes to coordinating upgrades to your packaging systems and consumables, the single most important part of the toolkit is communication. It can be hard juggling production schedules, staff, training, purchasing and administration, but taking the time to communicate with your packaging provider and sharing details and challenges is always well spent. As the old saying goes, time spent in reconnaissance is seldom wasted. 

Scheduled servicing and routine maintenance

If you're still researching a new packaging partner, now is a great opportunity to judge their proactivity with regard to servicing. A business that values customer service and ensuring that your business meets its targets, will talk to you about scheduled servicing and routine maintenance early on. Like anything mechanical, packaging equipment needs to be kept in top-order to ensure there are no nasty surprises when you least need them. A provider that is realistic and proactive about this, will always be a better strategic choice than one who is now. 

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