How To Plan Ahead For A Packaging Machine Installation

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Planning Is Everything.

Are you planning a FIBC (Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container) or Big Bag filling machine installation? If so, it might seem like there’s never an ideal time to do it.

With production operating 24/7 and urgent matters constantly demanding attention, you might feel like putting the installation off. With the right preparation, the process can go more smoothly than you think. Here’s how you can execute it painlessly.

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How Long Does Installation Usually Take?

It’s difficult to predict how long an installation will take. It will depend on the supplier, how small or large the installation is or if the machine is ready. At Webster Griffin, after designing and planning, we usually take one to two weeks for installation. Having open communication with our clients helps us adhere to deadlines and deal with any setbacks. We’ve also found that focusing on the following activities can further ease the process.

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Let The Right People Know

Make sure that your teams know about the machine’s installation date and downtime in advance so they can raise any questions or concerns. You’ll also need to speak to the supplier to see if they’ll need help with installation and moving the machine into place. Ideally, the machine’s suppliers should manage the installation process from start to finish. Because of the downtime, you might also need to let your clients and suppliers know of any delays so they can make the necessary arrangements.

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Prepare The Area

Before you begin installation, ensure that the area has its connections ready. This will require a licensed professional ensuring your electrical, compressed air, dedusting, communication and lighting connections are safe and up to code.

At the same time the installation area must be cleared and existing connections disconnected. Don’t forget to ensure the path from the machine’s arrival point to its final destination is unobstructed.

Adjust & Test The Machine 

A ‘one size fits all’ installation process and machine rarely applies to any business. You’ll likely need to finetune the machine’s position and finetune how it operates.

Once this is done you’ll need to test that it works and if it integrates with your upstream, downstream and ancillary equipment.

Testing the equipment will require using actual products and consumables and not just doing a dry run. Once you’re done with this, update your technical drawings and documentation so that your workforce can refer to them in the future if any changes/modifications need to be made.

Train Your Workers 

Your supplier can advise you on what safety and operator training your staff needs and how long it will take. You can schedule this after installation, but before production Ideally your supplier should be available on site to handle any scenarios your workers might encounter in real life. As each installation will have elements unique to your business, this is important. 

Working with an experienced supplier is key to enjoying a packing machine installation that interferes with your operations as little as possible. With years of experience working with a range of clients, Webster Griffin can assist you with this, so contact them today.

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