Before getting into your bagging machine options, you need to analyse your business needs and ask yourself some logistical questions:
As a rule, a basic mechanical bagging machine will fill up to 300 bags per hour. An automated machine will fill upwards of 1400 bags per hour.
Prices vary greatly depending on the capabilities and complexity of the machine, but you can expect to pay between $5,000 and $18,000 for a decent bagging machine. The average price is $9,700.
Bagging machines are pretty intricate devices with lots of moving parts, so things can go wrong if a machine isn’t set up and maintained properly.
Errors in product and bag loading are common – jams can occur if all moving parts aren’t running smoothly. And, of course, the whole bagging process falls over if the machine runs out of available bags or bulk products.
Also, check the specs of your bagging machine regarding optimum temperature and humidity ranges. If your facility operates outside these ranges, machines can malfunction.
During machine use always make sure bags are loaded and feeding correctly and that the available supply is sufficient to bag the required order.
Check all components – sealing bars, printers and so on – regularly and keep an eye on the screen readout for any error messages.
There are no formal qualifications to become a bagging machine operator, but you may need a high-risk work licence from WorkSafe Australia and other basic licences or tickets.
Most popular Bagging Machine suppliers and brands on IndustrySearch are BEUMER Australia, Minipack International Pty. Ltd., Eurostrap Packaging Systems, Australian Wrapping Company, Diverseco, Active Weighing Solutions, MPI Australia, Aurora Process Solutions, Mitchell Industries.