Diagnosing Packaging Problems – Part 1: Split, Fractured Seals

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.

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Prevent Problems & Maintain Productivity with Carbon Impressions

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

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Pressure & Heat: Adjustments & Sealing Jaw Designs

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

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Preventative Maintenance Checklist for Flow Wrappers

Changes on horizontal flow wrappers occur regularly—during sanitation, product changeovers, part installations and adjustments, maintenance, and from wear and tear. These changes can impact the success of your next production run, yet they often go unnoticed.

This Greener Tech Bite presents our quick, Preventative Maintenance Checklist. By investing five or ten minutes to inspect these four areas before starting production, you will be up and running more quickly and avoid hours of downtime. Read more

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Analyzing Sealing Jaw Carbon Impressions to Troubleshoot Problems on Flow Wrappers & Vertical FFS Baggers

In this Greener Tech Bite we analyze six sealing jaw carbon impressions and explain how each was used to troubleshoot problems on flow wrappers or vertical form fill seal baggers. Read more

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