Frequently Asked Questions – Bale Packing

Bale Packing - Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find commonly asked questions about our Bale Packing range. If you have any question or query which isn't answered on this page, please Contact Us and our expert team will assist you promptly.

With a vertical baler - the product being packed is dropped into the bale forming tube from above, however a horizontal baler pre-compacts then pushes the product into the tube longitudinally. 

An auto baler typically requires approximately 6m x 3m of floor space, but varies by product application. 

Product changeovers are instantaneous, changing to a new pre-set packing programme is automatic. Changeover to a new size of bale takes 15 -20 minutes. During normal operation replenishing film/reel should take 5 minutes.  

Zero operator input, the machine is fully automatic and runs continuously without the operator in attendance. 

The velocity baler will make rectangular bales (any length), and pillow bags or bags with block shaped ends. 

5 - 25kg range for bales and 5 - 50kg range for bags

The product comes direct from the clients mixer above the machine or from an inclined product feeding belt conveyor. 

Free flowing powders and non free flowing 'chopped' materials like sticky horse feeds mixed with molasses. 

Baling machines can operate continuously around the clock. Reel film changes are only required every 6-10 hours and only take 10 minutes. The machine does not require an operator in attendance.

Unfortunately, Our Form Fill Seal Machines cannot handle liquids but cater to a vast range of solid materials. 

Typically only a single annual service is required.

On average 15 years (16 hour/day operation x 52 weeks/year). The system is capable of operating over 20 years with proper routine annual maintenance.  

A special ATEX version is available at extra cost. The baler/bagger cannot be placed in an explosive gas hazard zone. 

Impulse film welding technology, which is a combination of controlled temperature and pressure. 

Please refer to the machine data, Read More

Typically from a 240 kg roll of PE film of 120 - 140 micron, 1850 25kg pillow bags or 1400 rectangular bales can be produced from just one roll of film. 

Approximately €0.15 - €0.30 per bag/bale. Please contact your film suppliers for accurate data. 

We offer a typical 12 month warranty excluding works (parts only). 

3 to 8 Bales per a minute depending on the application and client's requirements. 

Yes - Form Fill Seal machines can operate continuously without direct operator input. The machine is capable of performing 24/7. Reel changeovers requires operation to stop but only occurs every 6-10 hours and only take 5-10 minutes to complete.

Yes, the vertical baler can be adapted for packing bags as well as bales - or purchases a 'dual purpose' baling and bagging machine. 

5 - 25kg (10 - 60 lbs) 

Compressed bales made by a velocity baler are ideal for palletising 2.0 m (6.5') high =

LDPE (Linear Low Density Polyethylene) film - either 'mono' film or co-extruded PE film. 

Systems can be paid for directly or by lease purchase - depending upon satisfactory credit approval. 

A machine which can compress a material and pack the compressed slug into a PE bag to make a tight rectangular block. 

Weekly Check: 20 minutes

Annual Service: 5 hours

No, full operator training is provided by Webster Griffin engineers during machine installation and hand over to the client.

No, Provided that machine is purchased as a 'dual purpose' unit for bagging and baling - the client will always make change overs themselves in approximately 15 - 20 minutes. 

Minimal wear parts and slow running - low cost spare parts. Consumables on an auto baler include Teflon tape, impulse welding tape, lubrication oil and hydraulic oil. 

15 to 30 KW

Typical ranging from €50,000 up to €250,000 depending on the application.

Very, very rarely, we have a long list of clients waiting for a wide range of used machines which may become available. 

We have installed over 150 balers worldwide. 

Yes - please note it will be necessary to change the forming tube. 

No - unfortunately we currently do not offer this. Please contact us to discuss your requirements, we may be able to offer an alternative. 

This typically ranges from €100,00 up to €400,000 - depending on our scope of supply and client requirements. 

The Vertical Form Fill Seal Baler is more versatile - it is able to make bales and full bags. 

Its mode of operation is simpler - because the material is compressed inside the same tube which is employed to form or make the plastic outer bag. It is also quicker to change over to a different bale size and these machines often represent a less expensive option. 

The Vertical Form Fill Seal Baler is a tall machine - approximately 4.5 m high - plus an extra 2.0 m for the compression cylinder.

Yes - please advise your location and environmental conditions with your enquiry. 

Yes - we have developed special techniques for weighing then feeding non-free flowing materials into the vertical compression chamber. 

The velocity baler is a standard production machine - which shares many interchangeable parts with our range of form fill seal bagging machines. It is a smaller machine occupying less floor space than a horizontal baler. 

Chopped Alfalfa grass feeds, special horse feeds with molasses, softwood flakes, cattle feed silage, compost, peat, potting soils. 

The baling/bagging process is encapsulated and therefore dust free - however displaced air and dust created during product feeding to the machine and weighing must be sucked up = we provide dust collection connection points. 

Minimal plastic film consumption, because bags/bales are cut by the machine to the required volume and length eliminating wastage.