Packaging machines are used to package products or components. This product area includes equipment for forming, filling, sealing, packaging, cleaning and packaging with different levels of automation. Packaging machines also include associated machinery for sorting, counting and stacking. There are many different package types. Examples include: aerosol containers, bags and pouches, blister packs, bottles and jars, cartons and boxes, cans, capsules, cartridges, cases, cups and trays, barrels, intermediate bulk containers (IBCs), jars and vials. Closure methods for packaging machinery can use caps and lids, corks, glue, heat seals, nails or staples, tamper-resistant tape, folding techniques, and wrapping paper.
Applications for packaging machinery include: Automotive, Chemical and Petrochemical, Cosmetics and Fragrances, Electronics and Semiconductors, Food and Food Service, Apparel, Household Products, Medical Pharmaceuticals, Tobacco.
There are many different types of packaging machines. Vendors that offer integration services can help customers integrate new equipment into existing production lines or help set up equipment and train employees. Common types of packaging machines include: accumulators, batching machinery, bagging machinery, strapping machinery or casing machinery, box making machinery, strapping machinery, capping machinery, cartoning machinery, and sealing machinery.
Accumulators collect goods or items for processing. Batching machines prepare materials for processing or packaging. Bagging machines place products into bags, pouches or sacks. Banders and Sleeves use straps or sleeves to hold products together. A box maker makes boxes from cardboard. The strapping machine forms the cargo into piles for subsequent strapping or packaging. The capper places, snaps or unscrews the container on the container. A cartoner makes cartons or boxes from cardboard. Sealers are designed to seal with ties, narrow metal straps, or tape around the neck of a bag; by placing a lid on a jar or drum; and closing a box or other type of package.
Manual, semi-automatic and automatic packaging machines are common. Product types include: cleaning machinery and sterilization machinery, finishing machinery, combination machinery, counting machinery, decoration machinery, erection machinery, filling and packaging machinery, molding machinery, inspection machinery. Forming, filling and sealing machinery is also available. Cleaning machines sterilize containers or packaging equipment. A collator packs or assembles products in the correct numerical or logical order. Combined machines form containers into a line for subsequent filling operations. Counting machines count products before, during or after the process. Vertical machines build packaging, such as cartons or boxes. Filling and packaging machines fill bags, bottles and cans with predetermined product volumes. Forming machines are used to form containers or packages. Inspection machines check products for flaws, leaks or consistency.