While consumers happily use plastic bags for a myriad of uses—everything from hauling groceries to collecting pet droppings, they don’t have to be concerned with the details of how those bags are made. For those who run the converting equipment to change plastic into plastic bags, that process is a complicated and important one. That process, and the machinery that produces it, can be as varied as the finished product. One thing that can derail the process in a hurry is a mechanical breakdown, which can cause production to halt while technicians collect the plastic bag machine parts they need to get things rolling again.
How Plastic Bags are Made
Plastic bags are made with converting machines. These machines use a multi-phase process that pulls the plastic from a large spool, cuts it, folds it and seals the seams. Later phases of the process might involve adding a zipper or drawstring or punching holes to create handles. There might also be attachments added to the bag with adhesive or the bag may go through a printing phase of the machine to be imprinted with the name and logo of a company.
Types of Plastic Bag Making Machines
If you think about it, there are actually a lot of different types of plastic bags. There are garbage bags, resealable bags with plastic zippers, shopping bags, garment bags and more. To make these different types of bags, there are many different types of machines containing different parts. There are machines that are designed to make specific bags, or a few different types of bags. Often times a machine will be designed to make bags that seal a certain way, such as side seal bags or bottom seal bags, but it will be able to do several variations within those types.
Plastic Bag Machine Breakdowns
Like any machine, a plastic bag machine can break down over time. As plastic bag machine parts get older, they need to be replaced. Failure to replace these parts in a timely manner can lead to bigger mechanical problems, which in turn can lead to machines being shut down for long periods of time. Two things that a machine owner can do to keep their plastic bag machines running are to perform regular maintenance and inspections and to form a solid relationship with a company like S.A.R.R. Industries that can provide hard to find parts in a hurry.