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December 23, 2021updated 24 Dec 2021 6:51am

Converters, equipment and components

By Elodie Rousset

Converting machines and equipment forms the foundation for producing a variety of packaging products from raw materials such as polymer pellets, papers, films, and other substrates.

The performance and precision of packaging converters and equipment can improve the quality of packaging and enable the use of various packaging materials. The demand for sustainable and biodegradable packaging is on the rise, with packaging equipment manufacturers optimising their equipment to handle sustainable options.

Leading packaging equipment manufacturers and suppliers

Packaging Gateway has listed leading contractors and suppliers of package converters, equipment and other components based on its experience in the packaging sector. The list includes suppliers of die-cutting systems, adhesive tapes and films, coating systems and machines, converting machines and equipment and slitter rewinders.

The download document is designed for packaging consultants, flexible packaging supervisors, new product developers, flexible packaging research and development managers, graphic designers, slitting machine and lamination technicians, as well as procurement managers.

The document contains detailed information on the converters, equipment and components suppliers and their product lines, alongside contact details to aid your purchasing decision.

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Types of packaging equipment

Packaging equipment can be manual, semi-automatic or fully automatic, with each type offering different advantages such as reduced labour costs, high quality, and increased speed of output. Some of the commonly used packaging equipment include:

  • Converting machines
  • Labelling machines
  • Conveyors
  • Liquid filling machines
  • Capping machines
  • Shrink wrap and bundling equipment
  • Palletisers
  • Cartoning machines
  • Sealing machines
  • Weighing equipment
  • Slitting machines

Converting machines perform various functions, including coating, laminating and printing.

Selecting packaging equipment and machinery

The technical capabilities of packaging equipment and machinery are critical to fulfilling packaging and converting needs. The equipment should be capable of working with different materials and handle the packaging of different product types. Other factors to consider in selecting equipment include labour requirement and cost, worker safety, maintenance cost, power consumption, efficiency, productivity, and return on investment.

The design of the packaging equipment in terms of required floorspace, ability to be integrated into a packaging line and flexibility in change-over should also be considered.

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