March 02, 2022
‘Are you looking for an automatic or a semi-automatic solution?’ asks a TMI sales adviser, near the start of a telephone call with a new client.
The voice on the other end of the phone hesitates:
‘Well… We’re not sure. Could you tell me more about each type’s characteristics?’
‘No problem’, and the adviser goes on to explain the key differences between the two and their features.
This conversation happens a lot at TMI. And that’s completely natural, because our clients tend not to be bagging experts. But we are, so we can help them every step of the way to design their end-of-line project.
To do so, various factors must be taken into account. Let’s take a look at the main characteristics of these two types of bagging machine and some key tips for identifying which kind of solution you need for your project:
A semi-automatic bagging machine is a system for packaging products in bags. Its main function is to precisely weigh out, dose and insert a solid product into the bag, based on a previously established recipe. It may be equipped with a net weight or a gross weight weighing system, depending on the type of production. However, as its name indicates, a semi-automatic bagging machine cannot function on its own; it needs a human to operate it. An operator must place the bag at the filling point, press a button to start the filling cycle, and remove the bag once it is full.
Both net weight and gross weight semi-automatic bagging machines can be used in all industries for a huge variety of products. But, broadly, they are more suitable for projects with one or more of the following characteristics:
Not at all. The type of product to be bagged and the type of bag used are also important to consider when designing the solution that meets your end-of-line needs.
An automatic bagging machine is a packaging system with the same ultimate goal as a semi-automatic bagging machine: to weigh out precise quantities of a solid product and insert them into bags. The main difference is that an automatic bagging machine does this without human intervention. In other words, the machine itself takes the bag, opens it, places it at the bagging point, fills it, removes it from the bagging point, closes it and ejects it.
Of course, the technology used to carry out all of these processes automatically is more complex than the technology used in manual bagging.
TMI has automatic bagging machines for all industries and all products. We have made automatic bagging machines for animal feed, additives, chemicals, granules, pellets, minerals, and much more. However, of course, an automatic bagging machine is not always necessary. These are some of the key cases in which an end-of-line project will require an automatic bagging machine:
Automatic bagging machines can be divided into four main groups: automatic bagging machines for open-mouth bags, automatic bagging machines for SOS bags, automatic bagging machines for valve bags and automatic FFS bagging machines.
Thanks to this technological diversity, automatic bagging machines can handle different types of bags and materials: flat bags or bags with gussets, made from paper, polyethylene or woven PP (WPP); SOS bags; valve bags; FFS (form-fill-seal) bags, and more. So, automatic bagging machines can handle more types of bags than semi-automatic bagging machines.
You have probably noticed by now that this issue is a bit more complex than it might seem at first. We have therefore put together a series of questions you should ask yourself in order to find the right solution:
Now you know the difference between automatic and semi-automatic bagging machines and the importance of specifying the level of automation you need when embarking on an end-of-line project. Would you like some advice at this stage in the process? Contact us now for a no-obligation consultation.