When it comes to machines there are few as complicated as the wicketer machine. It’s a simple enough concept—raw material goes in and bags come out. It turns out that there are many wicketer machine parts that make this “simple” conversion take place, and if any one of them breaks down, it could mean big trouble for you, in the form of expensive repairs or more expensive replacement.
How the Wicketer Machine Works
How many different ways can there be to make a bag? Well, it turns out that there are quite a few, and wicketers have different processes to support those different bag-making endeavors. A wicketer is actually a combination of several machines that each perform a part of the overall process. They will draw in material, cut and fold it into the desired shape, then seal whatever sides need to be sealed before adding the “Extras.”
Obviously, depending on the type of bag, there might be one fold or several, straight cuts or “Punch out” cuts for handles, and seals on the bottom, the sides or both.
In terms of additions, the most common extras to be added or prepped-for in a wicketer are closures and handles. The closures may be zippers, ties or drawstrings and the handles may be simple cutouts or glued-on additions.
Wicketer Machine Parts
Each section of a wicketer is a combination of dozens or even hundreds of parts. The sealing roll assembly, for instance, contains a combination of gears and bearings, not to mention spacers, lock washers and the roll itself. The main drive will include a timing belt, pulleys, bushings, screws and gears. Some wicketer machine parts will be universal, but many will be specific to the manufacturer and model.
Repairing or Replacing Wicketer Machines
Depending on the types of bags you’re making with the machine, a wicketer could cost you anywhere from $5,000 to $65,000. Balance this against the fact that the problem with the machine could be as simple as replacing a washer or bushing at a cost of only a few cents, and it becomes clear that repairing a machine should always be your first option. At the very least, a machine should be carefully evaluated to assess the cost of replacement parts versus buying a new machine.