What To Consider When Buying Used Packaging Machines

Many of the products we purchase are pre-owned, but packaging machinery is another common type of product that many facilities recycle. There are plenty of used packaging machines available on the market, but finding the right one that’s guaranteed to work can be somewhat challenging.

Here are some ways to determine which used packaging equipment is ideal for purchasing.

The Condition of the Machine

While a piece of used packaging equipment might appear to be a good deal based on video, pictures, or even in person, there may be certain issues that you miss as an untrained customer. 

A respectable technician will be able to help you determine if the machinery is in working order before you buy it.

In-Person Visits

In certain situations, you may be able to see the machinery working while it’s still in commission at the seller’s facility. This will enable you to see how it’s performing while running and give you the best idea of its capabilities. 

Even if it’s not in commission, you should still be able to see the machinery in person in the seller’s facility for a personal inspection. The seller may even be able to run the equipment and test it in front of you to prove that it’s in working condition before selling. 

In some situations, you may not be able to see the industrial machinery up close, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you want to avoid it entirely. Simply be wary of the seller, and do your research to figure out if the seller is reputable and trustworthy as a packaging machine company.

History of the Packaging Machine

Learn about who originally owned the packaging machine, along with the original manufacturer and when it was manufactured, like a used checkweigher for example. Similar to a used car, the year, make, model, and amount of use can all determine the condition of the packaging equipment. 

Older packaging machinery will likely be obsolete and have components that are hard if not impossible to replace. Many consider to be the cutoff age for packaging machinery to be 10 years. If the machine is 10 years or older, you may want to consider another model. However, keep in mind that not all packaging machines this old are obsolete, as minimal usage could indicate that it’s in great condition and ready for implementation in your production line.

The Intended Application for the Machine

Another consideration when shopping for used packaging machines is the application and environment for which the machine was intended. Many machines tend to be modified for specific applications, and may not be suitable for others. 

Make it clear to the seller what you want to use your machines for in your packaging systems, and you’ll be able to find one that’s appropriate. 

Taking each of these into account, you should be able to find the right used packaging machines for your production lines, with the help of industry experts who can make the best recommendations and customize your equipment accordingly.

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