27 September 2016 //
by Toni Nigrelli-LaFleur
As consumer and producer demand for flexible packaging increases, so does the need for economical and quality packaging equipment that can meet the filling, sealing and secondary packaging needs of dry goods manufacturers.
North American dry goods producers looking to transition from rigid to flexible packaging have limited options when it comes to equipment brands that can be locally/regionally/nationally serviced, and the transition can be further complicated by secondary packaging options, if a holistic approach is not taken.
Now, small and large producers of milled grains, ancient grains, health foods, frozen and IQF foods, candies, pet food and treats, medicines and medical supplies can turn to EDL Packaging Engineers for help in meeting their flexible packaging equipment needs from design, installation and setup through after-sale service, maintenance and spare parts.
An exclusive distribution and service agreement between EDL Packaging Engineers and General Packer, a Japan-based pouch filling and sealing machine producer that specializes in the development and manufacture of automatic packaging machines, means the confident delivery of the following to dry goods producers:
1. Innovation Based on Specific Application Needs
A product application shouldn’t “fit” into a system; instead, the system should fit the application. From project inception, General Packer and EDL Packaging engineers consultatively work with customers to understand their goals and the application parameters, ultimately designing and proposing a packaging machine that fits those specific needs. Once the machine is agreed upon, the skilled manufacturing team begins fabrication. EDL technicians also play an integral role in the building and testing of the machine so when it comes time for installation and training, they literally know the equipment inside out.
2. Extensive Start-to-Finish Packaging Experience
EDL Packaging Engineers and General Packer bring eight decades of combined experience in the packaging industry. General Packer’s experience in the food and pet food industry, coupled with extensive experience in oxygen reduction through the use of nitrogen gas flushing and full washdown capabilities, are transferable to many other growing markets. This complements EDL Packaging Engineers’ unique perspective on primary and secondary flexible packaging, including stand-up pouches and bags, and demonstrated success with many pet food manufacturers in eliminating corrugate by through application-specific Double Tight Wrap shrink wrapping or optional case packing machines.
3. Fully Integrated Packaging Line Solutions
Our turnkey solutions provide customers with single-point of contact convenience and a holistic approach to each project. This total planning philosophy allows us to design, specify and install a packaging line that ensures the ancillary equipment specified is the best fit for your packaging machine, and that the overall process is relevant. Integrated options include conveyors, weighing systems, packaging check and accumulation.
4. Performance Guarantee, After-sale Service
General Packer machines are guaranteed to run as specified, and EDL Packaging Engineers offers a comprehensive service agreement that warrants installation and service by trained EDL Packaging Engineers personnel and an experienced General Packer Service Technician based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Plus, as part of the installation process, our team will train your operators how to run the equipment correctly and perform routine maintenance.
If you are considering transitioning to a flexible packaging format or need a secondary packaging solution for your current pouches or bags, contact us today.