Springs and compression washers often go unrecognized as the source of packaging problems on flow wrappers. This Greener Tech Bite explains how we helped a client discover and fix the weak springs that were causing poor seal quality. Read more
In Part 1 of this Greener Tech Bite we diagnosed potential causes and solutions for the the splitting and fracturing in the upper left corner of this package.
Here in Part 2 we’ll diagnose problems with uneven pressure and leakers that can persist after adjustments and sealing jaw design changes have eliminated the splitting. Read more
When solving packaging problems, you’ll achieve the best results when you diagnose one symptom at a time and evaluate the effects of each corrective adjustment. This systematic approach will help you isolate the causes, determine the best solutions, and avoid steps that compound the problem and waste time.
In part 1 of this Greener Tech Bite we diagnose the most apparent problem on this package from a flow pack wrapper—the split in the upper left corner.
Carbon impression are most often used to guide the setup of sealing jaws and to solve problems on flow wrappers and vertical form fill seal baggers.
But Carbon impressions should also be taken before each new production run and when variables such as product size or packaging materials change. These extra impressions will indicate ongoing adjustments and preventative maintenance that prevent package quality problems and lost production time. Read more
In our previous post we explored the sealing relationship between heat, time and pressure, which must be provided in the right combination to produce quality seals.
This post explains how reduced seal widths can increase sealing pressure and help you to: 1. Improve seal quality; 2. Boost productivity; and 3. Decrease per-package film costs on form fill seal machines with reciprocating sealing jaws. Read more
The right combination of heat, time, and pressure is required to produce quality seals on form fill seal baggers and flow wrappers. These sealing elements are closely linked; adjusting one can change the others and cause unexpected problems. This post reviews the function of and relationships between heat, time, and pressure, so you can better understand and anticipate the full effects of your adjustments. Read more
When cutting problems delay production, quick fixes are often used to get flow wrappers up and running again. But instead of saving a few minutes of downtime, these shortcuts can cost you hours of production time.
This Greener Tech Bite identifies common quick fixes that bypass standard knife adjustment procedures. Their immediate and cumulative effects cause well over half of the cutting and sealing problems that we encounter. Read more
This Greener Tech Bite reviews machine adjustments and sealing jaw designs that provide the pressure and heat* required for quality seals. You can consult additional, detailed posts and videos on each topic by clicking the red links or the corresponding images.
Quality seals on flow wrappers & vertical baggers require a combination of time, pressure, and heat, if utilized, that seals across varying thicknesses created by the fin or lap seal, gussets, or other pleats and wrinkles. Read more
When sealing problems kept a packager of energy bars from meeting their production requirements, they contacted Greener to see if we could help develop a solution. They explained to one of our technical experts that rejects and downtime due to split or unsealed packages had reached the point of crisis. Read more
Fin wheels on flow wrappers are often overlooked as the cause of poor package quality or reduced productivity. This Greener Tech Bite explains the problems caused by contaminated and worn fin wheels and reviews maintenance and design options that will help you prevent these issues. Read more