By Al Kiggans
L-Sealer factors to consider:
In today’s market, customers looking for an automated L-sealer have many vendors to choose from at a variety of different price points. First and foremost, is to ensure that the product to be wrapped fits within the size specifications for an automated L-sealer. Once you have validated with your vendor that the product is within the size specifications for the machine, here are a couple of points to consider:
1. How much will the machine be used?
Since L-sealers can be used in a variety of applications, it’s important to consider the usage. Will you be running the machine 2 to 3 shifts a day for 5 to 7 days a week? If so, look for a more robust design in the machine. Machines at lower price points are not designed to handle the stress of continual use and will need to be replaced or maintained more often than a robust machine.
2. How fast do you need it to run?
Another factor to consider is the application speed. Not all L-sealers are the same and some can perform at higher speeds more consistently than others. Working with your machine vendors to understand their L-sealer capabilities will help you
to make the best choice when selecting the machine.
Also make sure to know what the top speed is the machine can run, and still consistently provide a good seal. Purchasing a machine that cannot sustain the standard speed of your application will not maximize the lines operational efficiency and may create unexpected downtime in order to service the machine.
3. Is there local support and service for the machine?
Many L-sealers at a lower price point are not manufactured in the U.S. and as a result it is challenging to get parts and service for the machines. This may not be an issue if the usage on the machine is low, but if downtime is associated with a high cost, choosing a machine that does not have local service or service parts are not manufactured within US, this could be more important than the initial investment
Once you have validated that your product will run on an automated L-sealer, next steps to consider are usage, speed, and availability of local service. All of these are key factors in evaluating the various L-Sealers on the market and will help you find the best fit for your application.