If you’re in the food industry and need to package your products into pouches, then you’ve come to the right place! With so many pouch packaging machines on the market, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. I’ve created this complete guide of pouch packaging machines to help you decide which machine is right for your needs. Whether you want to know the machine’s capacity, price, or what certifications it has, this guide will walk you through all that and more!
Types of pouches
There are three main types of pouches, each with its own purpose. Some machines can handle all three, but others specialize in one type or another. The most common pouch types are Stand-up pouches: These look like tall plastic bags and stand on their own when filled. They’re usually used for snacks and small household items like laundry detergent and pet food. Flat-bottom pouches: Also called squeezable pouches, these have a flat bottom that allows them to be squeezed for product dispensing—typically for products like ketchup or condiments that would otherwise be difficult to pour out of a bottle.
How does pouch packaging work?
The pouch is a versatile packaging material that holds its shape and resists punctures, making it ideal for holding liquids. It has a wide opening that you can use to easily fill it with your product. You seal it off with an adhesive strip or thermal-shrink film, typically during a secondary manufacturing step. Since pouches come in rolls or sheets and you’re cutting them down into smaller sizes, they’re perfect for DIY projects like homemade soy sauce kits or flavor infusions.
Finding the right material for your product
Not all packaging is created equal. Some materials are better than others, depending on your needs. Do you want your product to be durable? If so, consider choosing a material that can withstand wear and tear without compromising other factors like cost or ease of use. Is cost important? Consider whether it’s possible for you to save money by opting for a more inexpensive package that still gets the job done well enough. All packaging has advantages and disadvantages—you just have to figure out which are most important for your specific product.
How do you measure a pouch?
Many of us are so accustomed to seeing common products packaged in paper and plastic bags that we don’t give a second thought to their appearance. That is, until we open one and get a glimpse of just how difficult it must be for businesses to have a consistent look across hundreds of different products, sizes, and brands. That’s where pouch packaging machines come in. The versatility of these machines allow companies to create perfectly-sized pouches that display logos clearly while still maintaining an eye-catching design.
Tips for using your new machine
Your machine is only as good as you are with it. While these machines are designed for users at all levels, here are a few quick tips for getting started: Be sure to clean up after each use—even if you aren’t planning on using your pouch packaging machine again that day. The last thing you want is residue leftover from old jobs making its way into a new project, resulting in poor-quality packages. Consider investing in a temperature gauge if you plan on processing acidic or sticky substances. Not only will these protect your machine and maximize efficiency, but they can also protect your products from damage over time.