As belts tighten there are plenty of manufacturers holding onto old line equipment and getting the best performance they can out of that equipment.
The penny wise pound foolish operators often think they are smart picking up old equipment from Auctions or simply holding onto equipment well beyond its use by date.
In some instances the packaging equipment that can be picked up cheaply at auctions and fire-sales is remarkable value and in others cases it’s a money pit or bottle neck to operations.
In a packaging line it only takes on piece of equipment in the line to diminish the value and capacity of all the other pieces of packaging equipment.
Where packaging equipment is effectively not electronic in its nature and controls older equipment can be very close in function and performance to newer equipment. In the case of a machine it is electronic in its operating nature and its controls. Good self adhesive equipment has electronic speed control, electronics speed synchronising and an advanced electronic control menu for storing job parameters and making fine performance adjustments. The LabelOn range of labeling machines is a good example of what current machines can incorporate. When a LabelOn label applicator is put alongside a 6 years or older machine operators quickly realise they have been wrestling with a white elephant that has cost them production time and significantly impacted on their final product’s appearance.
Good production managers will realise the worth of having staff that are confident with the equipment they operate. That confidence extends beyond how easy the machine is to operate it also extends on the level of support available for that equipment. It is quite common for inquiries to come in for help on servicing an old machine of some unknown or now unsupported sticker machine. If your production staff or if you find yourself sending out blind and hopeful emails asking for technical support for an old piece of equipment, unless your company is in absolute desperate financial distress it really is time to look at some decent new equipment.
Like old cars, old packaging equipment becomes less reliable and more expensive to maintain. Worse still your old label applicator could be causing a big traffic Jam in your line resulting in your overall production and bottom line being lowered; add to this the messed up face of your product’ appearance and you have a no brainier decision to make – stop being such a spend thrift and invest in your business.
Modern labeling machines like the LabelOn range make use of today’s technology so that your machinery can be set for a large range of different shapes and sizes and still feel as if every job it does is done by a machine tailored to that specific job.
On closing there is also one more big pointer to knowing when it is time for a change in you self-adhesive – if you are being quoted thousands of dollars for a motor driver or over $300 for rubber based components you KNOW it’s time to release the shackles of that old equipment bound to your organisation.
Many countries provide businesses with ways to claim depreciation on capital equipment or even allow capital equipment to be placed on a completely tax deductable rental arrangement. How many countries provide any tax relief for lost production time, production staff confidence or diminished product appearance?