According to the website Internet Retailer.com, 1/3 of all 2015 retail sales growth came from online sales, a 14.6% increase over 2014 in the US alone. The total online sales for 2015 equated to $341.7 billion. One way these growing companies can increase their revenue streams is by looking for new ways to minimize their shipping costs. Some products will always require being shipped in a corrugated box. However, more and more often companies are using creative methods such as bags or mailers to ship their products. These items still protect the product and their lower cost allows companies to accomplish the goal of maximizing revenues will minimizing packaging expenses.
Bagging equipment comes in two functions: semi-automatic table top and fully-automatic continuous roll. A table top machine performs just as its name, the machine is placed on a table. Once on the table a roll of bags is installed and threaded. Now the machine is ready to open and dispense bags for loading and sealing. The fully automatic continuous roll bagger, on the other hand, sits on it’s own frame and functions in a fully-automatic or semi-automatic manner.
The table top machines normally run on a standard 115VAC/60hz single phase electricity. Pneumatic air may or may not be required depending on the model and brand. These baggers can come with or without a thermal ribbon printer to print simple alphanumeric characters such as lot codes, customers’ addresses or even various bar codes directly on the bags. Since they are table top units, these machines can be easily moved, and due to their small footprint they can be set-up almost anywhere. With their light weight and small footprint, they are designed primarily for semi-automatic applications requiring an operator to consistently load the bag. The bag is then sealed by means of a foot-pedal, palm switch, continuous cycle (pacing) or by manually sealing. These systems will produce around 35 bags per minute. The bags sizes start around 2” wide and go up to 11” while the lengths start around 4” and go to 32”. Once the bags are filled and sealed, a bin or box is placed under the machine so the product can be sorted and shipped.
The next type of bagger is a fully automatic continuous roll bagger. Just as the table top units, these machines use standard 115VAC/60hz single phase electricity. The majority will require clean/dry pneumatic air. When used in a fully-automatic system either a conveyor, hopper, bowl or funnel drops the product into the bagger. Once the bagger determines the correct weight or count, the bag will seal. These systems also are available with a thermal ribbon printer allowing various amount of information to be printed directly on the bag. Once the bag is filled and sealed it drops into a bin or conveyed into a box or large accumulating sack to be sorted and shipped. The bag sizes for these machines start around 2” wide to 20” and up to 40” in length. The maximum bags per minute on these systems run around 50 bags per minute.
Statistics from www.InternetRetailer.com Feb. 2016
Oftentimes, companies are expected to be economically friendly, especially by consumers. Luckily, becoming a more eco-conscious company is also becoming more practical, with many benefits outweighing the negatives. Applying green processes in business helps facilitate a healthy environment for workers, reduces unnecessary waste, and can save you time and money in the packaging process.