The food that we consume has been changing increasingly to suit a changing lifestyle. The changing dietary habits of consumers have compelled the food packaging industry to come up with new solutions. One of the important areas of development in the industry today is food packaging equipment and machinery. Such machinery has evolved into a wide range of equipment and integrated systems to achieve a complete range of operations such as bagging, filling, wrapping, cartoning, lidding, labeling, decorating, palletizing, conveying, sealing and more.
Some of the food packaging equipment types include cartoning machines; bottle capping equipment; box, case, and tray forming, packing, unpacking, closing and sealing machines; cleaning, sterilizing, cooling and drying machines; package filling and closing machines; form, fill, and seal machines; palletizing, de-palletizing, unit load assembly; wrapping machines; conveyors, accumulating and related machines; and more.
The equipment used in food packaging is built to run with a certain type of packaging material. Any alteration in the packaging material can result in problems with machine performance. Therefore, the material for packaging and the designs of packaging equipment must be managed with care. Materials need to be chosen after machine trials have shown that the required machine and productivity are achievable.