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8 considerations when investing
in a feed bagging system
As volumes grow, feed mills require more capacity and reliability
from bagging equipment.
eed mill efficiency and labor savings have increasingly prompted feed mills to invest in fully
automated feed bagging systems.
"As feed mill volumes increase, companies want
increased speed and capacity out of their feed bagging
systems," says Gerhard Steinmayr, executive manager
of key accounts for Statec Binder. "Around the world,
you're seeing the move from semi-automatic systems
to fully automated systems to keep up."
What features should feed manufacturers looking
for when shopping for a new bagging equipment?
Bagging system essentials
Feed mills considering a new bagging system are
looking for cost-effective packing solutions, but there
are additional features one should consider:
Bagging equipment versatility is a must.
"Bagging equipment should be flexible and scalable according the behavior of the formulations which
have to be packed," says Joe Natale, sales manager,
animal feed and animal feed ingredients, PremierTech.
"Packing material also is evolving, and therefore it is
necessary to anticipate such kinds of evolutions."
Enzo Fiorucci, Concetti senior packaging expert,
agrees: "And with increasing need for traceability or
ingredient declarations, automatic filling and closing
lines need the flexibility to fit a wide range of coding
systems, such as print and apply labelers, ticket applicators or ink jet coders."
Reliability and efficiency
The bag-per-minute (BPM) rate is potentially the most
misleading number that is used to describe equipment,
Natale says. He suggests looking at a total efficiency and
equipment uptime as important considerations.
Steinmayr notes that, to be truly efficient, much of
the value is gained during upstream manufacturing and
production equipment must be on par as well.
The cheapest machine is not necessarily the most
cost effective, notes Jacky Fricker, sales director,
PAYPER S.A. When looking for a bagging solution,
mills must consider packing volume and select a solution with a "realistic" payback.
"The best way for a quick payback is reliable equipment and, for the worst case, equipment providers with
effective after-sales service," Fricker says.
Operator injuries add costs and labor issues for
average feed manufacturers. Natale suggests bagging
systems are selected to ensure safe working conditions
that prevent operators from engaging in repetitive motions or lifting excessive weight.
Service and support
Having good equipment is one thing, but calling on
someone who can help when you do have a problem is
of critical importance, Natale says.
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