AmerEquip International, located in New York, offers some of the best quality used packaging machinery and equipment in the industry. While we are located in New York we can ship and service all of those in need across the country. With our machines, control of the amount of a product in each box or container is strikingly more efficient. It is vital for medications in particular to have the correct dosage and quantity in each bottle or pouch. By making these separations, keeping track of inventory is simple. Without packaging machinery, the entire economy would be different. Types of packaging within the industry includes shrink wrapping, clamshells, void fill, stretch wrapping, sealed tray, fin seal, folding carton, and blister packs.
Sensitive materials require a number of protective measures. This may include guarding against vibrations, extreme temperatures that could alter the item’s physical properties or pressure which could cause the product to be crushed. Some other elements that cause alterations are less obvious. Electrostatic, oxygen, moisture and dust are common factors blamed in a packaging breach.
All three “layers” in the packaging of goods should insure safe transport. The direct wrapping of the product itself is most vital. This is the first defense against exposure to harmful elements. Usually, the second layer is the enclosure of multiple individual products. The third level encompasses all of the second.
In the early primitive days, people depended on what is available in nature. Objects such as gourds and wood were hallowed for temporary storage. As cities developed and transportation of goods became a necessity, the next level of packaging came into focus. Common materials used for protective packing were wooden boxes, clay and woven fabric. Not only could products be more easily transported, but they could also be hidden from animals and stored in the winter.
The next level of packaging arrived with the emerging of cities. As a result, there was more trading of merchandise. This increased the need for packaging and improved methods of protecting the goods. Glass was now one of the leading materials for this function, as it could be molded into various sizes and shapes. Another innovation at the time was the wooden-constructed barrel, which went hand in hand with nautical transportation.
Through trial and error over the centuries, several different materials are now ubiquitous in packaging which is assembled by a machine. Common materials are glass, plastic, cardboard, foam and aluminum. Foam is commonly used for fitting large heavy items (computers, flat screen TVs and air conditioners) as well as small fragile items such as porcelain figurines. Aluminum is found holding beverages and food in can form. Although glass is fragile depending on thickness, it does not decay and therefore great for preserving various foods. While plastic seems to be plentiful, it breaks down slowly and needs to be recycled as much as possible. Cardboard usually comes in box form, holding multiple cans or jars. One of the problems with cardboard is that it does not hold up well to water. It can grow mildew, soften and break apart.
Over the years, the marketing industry has found new innovative way to make packaging more appealing to consumers. While some products have maintained their design over the years, others have made adjustments to compete with other brands. Sometimes the packaging style is unique or smart, whether it is to get your attention or just makes more sense economically.
Types of Packaging Machines
As mentioned above, there are many forms of packaging throughout the industry. The various packaging machinery can handle shrink wrapping, clamshells, void fill, stretch wrapping, sealed tray, fin seal, folding carton, and blister packs.
Although you may never hear the term blister packaging in public, it is actually a very common style of packaging for consumer goods. It usually consists of a thin plastic covering over the product, which is all affixed to a cardboard back. Typically, blister packing is used for pills, tablets and other pharmaceuticals. They are also found with action figures, hardware or anything else the manufacturer thinks is suitable for protection on the store shelves.
Cottoners are also for pills, but instead of a plastic package, these machines continuously place cotton into bottles already filled with the medication. The two styles of cottoners are inline and rotary. The first one features a conveyor system and the second one has a rotary disc with several inserting heads. While the bottles may be fine without cotton on the retail shelf, it's when they are transported that cotton needs to be in there to fill the void so the pills do not break.
AmerEquip is located in New York and supplies all your packaging machine needs. For information on used packaging machinery, check out our used equipment page. Feel free to contact us for further details on our wide range of used and new equipment..