The Different Types of Packaging Wrappers

Packaging is essential to protecting, preserving and even marketing goods and brands in markets ranging from food and beverage to household products to agriculture to pharmaceuticals. But if you’re not familiar with the packaging industry, it will probably surprise you to learn that there are many pieces of equipment that help it bring it life. There are the likes of extrusion machines, which work to create film and other materials that are used to create packages. Next comes the pouch-, bag- and paper converting machines that turn the materials into functional packages. Printing and lamination likely also occur throughout the formation of the package, and eventually the finished package will go on to be filled and sealed. Following this step, they may also be wrapped.

Packaging wrappers are typically end-of-line machinery components that are either designed to group products to aid retailers in shelf organization and replenishment (think: bottled water) or to seal the product with a wrapping altogether (think: fresh meat on a tray wrapped in film). They may also be used to wrap pallets and cartons to make packaged goods easier for shipment. In many ways, these packaging wrappers are somewhat of an unsung hero in the packaging industry in that they provide an essential, yet very taken-for-granted function. While most packaging wrappers work with film or shrink wrap, other materials may include foils and paper, though these aren’t as widely used as film.

But while packaging wrappers may sound simple, they are available in a bevy of different styles and varieties. As we noted above, some wrappers are designed to shrink wrap pallets or cartons, while others are designed to group products together to make it easier for stores to stock and re-stock on shelves. With all that being said, this post is designed to take a closer look at the different types of packaging wrappers that are commonly utilized in the industry.

The Various Types of Packaging Wrappers

There are four main types of packaging wrappers that are utilized in the packaging industry. More information on each type is as follows.

  • Flow Wrappers: Flow wrappers are generally high-speed, work with smaller sized packages and products and normally perform more functions than just wrapping and sealing a product. In addition to the wrapping and sealing of a product, flow wrappers also often perform form and fill functions too. While flow wrappers are a general type of wrapper, there are many sub categories of flow wrappers to meet the needs of any packaging facility. Some flow wrappers are more designed for entry level companies that want to speed production, where others are much more specialized. High-speed flow wrappers are also available, and these machines are ideal for larger companies that have stricter timelines to meet. The likes of candy bars, ice cream bars, cookies, muffins and smaller medical devices and industrial goods are all ideal candidates for flow wrappers. Flow wrappers generally come in horizontal and vertical configurations.
  • Over Wrappers: Over wrappers are primarily used to seal fresh food as a means of reducing potential contamination and ensuring long-term freshness. Noting this, over wrappers are typically used with meats, poultry and other foods that are packaged in trays. These over wrappers work with film, stretching it over the tray and then heat sealing it to the bottom of the package to lock in freshness. Aside from locking in freshness and extending the product’s shelf-life, many consumers like the fact that packages wrapped this way enable them to actually see the product they’ll be purchasing or are considering purchasing. Most over wrappers are small enough to fit onto table tops, although floor models are available as well.
  • Shrink Wrappers: Shrink wrap machines work with shrink film. They work by stretching this shrink film over the product – or pallets of products – in question, then apply heat so that the film essentially “shrinks” over whatever it is covering so that it fits tightly to the product. Shrink wrap may be applied to small quantities of product (i.e. to package water bottles or soda together) or it may be used to wrap entire pallets of goods in an effort to keep items together and better protected during transportation. It may also be used to over wrap cartons and boxes. Because of the many different purposes of shrink wrap, shrink wrappers come in various different sizes. Some are small enough to nicely fit into a small, focused space on a factory floor, while others may take up a significantly larger area.
  • Stretch Wrappers: Stretch wrappers are essentially a machine of a larger scale that works with shrink film to wrap pallets and other large objects. As we noted above, one application of shrink film is wrapping the likes of pallets, boxes and cartons to make sure they stand up better to any of the rigors of transportation. That’s the role that stretch wrappers essentially play. For this reason, stretch wrappers are also commonly referred to as “pallet wrappers.” Stretch wrappers come in various configurations. For instance, some employ the use of turntables, while others use straddles, while some move pallets through a ringer to be wrapped. Due to the size of the loads that are serviced by stretch wrappers, these are one of – if not the most expensive – type of wrapper.


Though stretch wrappers often have the reputation as being the most expensive of all types of wrappers due to the sizes of product that they service, make no mistake about it when it comes to packaging wrappers – it’s a capital investment. But it’s an important one, as these machines are crucial to the end-of-line packaging procedures. Buy these machines brand new and it could cost tens of thousands of dollars, a price point which can be challenging for either a startup packaging company or a company who didn’t budget for a new purchase on this type of equipment. While buying a brand new wrapper is a viable option, another option is buying a wrapper that’s been previously owned and used. Service providers like Bid on Equipment have a range of previously used wrappers available for a fraction of the price of a new one that work just as well, a big benefit to those packaging companies that don’t have the money to spend on something brand new. By utilizing a credible site like Bid on Equipment, it’s like you’re getting something brand new, but at a used price.

For more information on packaging wrappers, and to browse Bid on Equipment’s inventory of wrappers, visit the company website or contact it today.

April 2016 Trends Report

What has been bringing buyers to Bid on Equipment through the month of April and what are they looking for when they are here? This last month we noticed a large increase in interest inTanks For Sale including: Jacketed Stainless Steel Tanks, Non Stainless Tanks, and Special Use Tanks.
Below are the top ten search terms that have shown the largest increases from Internet search traffic this month.


Interest in each of these terms has grown 100% – 1500%!

Used Woodworking Tools Conveyors For Sale
Restaurant Equipment For Sale Used Water Tanks For Sale
Used Printing Equipment Used Walk In Coolers
Used Dairy Equipment Used Poultry Equipment For Sale
Bakery Equipment For Sale Used Machine Shop Equipment
The top ten overall categories for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Woodworking Equipment Meat Equipment
Bakery Equipment Conveyors
Machine Shop and Tools Lathes
Dairy Equipment Tanks
Restaurant Equipment Welding and Soldering
The top ten overall Manufacturer Pages for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Graco Combi
Cleaver Brooks Hussman
Bakers Pride Stephan
Multivac Alto Shaam
Waukesha Bosch

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Air Conditioners 101

Whether it be a single-family home, a housing complex or a commercial facility, air conditioning is an important part of keeping residents, employees and customers comfortable, especially in the warm weather months. Air conditioners come in several different varieties, with the most popular being the small window mounted units and the bigger, central air systems.

Many people take air conditioning for granted, only really coming to realizing its importance in helping them feel comfortable when there’s a problem with their unit or when they realize that their unit may require replacement. But have you ever really thought about how air conditioners work, whether its a window unit, or room air conditioner, or a central air conditioner? In this post, we’ll get into the basics of air conditioning, how air conditioning units work and briefly get into more depth regarding some of the different types of units available.

How Air Conditioners Work

Air conditioners work similarly to another common household appliance – refrigerators. Except instead of cooling a small area of space as a refrigerator does, air conditioners are designed to cool an entire home or facility. Here’s a closer look at how an air conditioner works, thanks largely in part to three main components – the evaporator, the condenser and the pump:

  • The value of the evaporator: The evaporator is a crucial piece in any air conditioning unit. Simply put, the evaporator is essentially just cold indoor coil. The evaporator works together with a condenser to cool a home and release any captured heat outside of the facility that is being cooled. Condensers are the opposite of evaporators – they are hot outdoor coil.
  • The pump: Also commonly referred to as the “compressor,” the pump’s main function is moving refrigerant gas between the aforementioned condenser and evaporator, forcing it through the copper wire tubing that connects the two air conditioning components. It also helps it move within the fins in the coils. The refrigerant then is converted to a liquid and is eventually evaporated in the evaporator coil. This, in turn, leads to heat being removed from the home – causing the home or the facility to become cooler.
  • Outside of the home or facility, any heat captured is removed through the condenser, which works to convert refrigerant into a liquid state, which can then be moved back into the house to continue to perform its cooling.

All About BTUs

“BTU” stands for “British thermal units” – and this just so happens to be the unit of measurement that defines an air conditioner’s performance output. Specifically, a BTU is defined as the amount of heat that is necessary to raise a pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit. Generally speaking, larger facilities will need units with higher BTUs than smaller homes and facilities. For example, an air conditioning unit rated 10,000 BTU should be adequate for a single-family home that’s about 1,200 to 1,500 square feet. That’s because it has the capability of cooling 10,000 pounds of water, which equates to about 1,200 gallons, of water 1 degree in one hour. A larger, 2,000 square foot home will likely need an air conditioner with more BTUs – perhaps about 60,000.

As we mentioned, the size of the facility that you want to cool will dictate the type of air conditioner you need and what amount of BTUs you’ll want it to have so that all occupants can stay comfortable during the dog days of summer.

Air Conditioning Issues and Maintenance

When cared for properly, an air conditioner should last for about 15 years. But with that being said, there are many different factors that can greatly shorten this average lifespan. Here’s a look at some common issues that plague air conditioners:

  • Dirty coils
  • Irregular refrigerant levels

These two aforementioned factors may not only lead to your air conditioning unit failing to work up to par, but they can also cause utility bills to escalate. What’s more is that these factors can also cause the compressor component to work harder on your air conditioning unit, potentially even causing it to fail if the problem isn’t addressed in a timely manner.

Here’s a look at some other potential issues that can plague your air conditioner:

  • Leaks: Remember, the evaporator and condenser are connected by hoses and tubing. And when you’re dealing with hoses and tubing, there’s always the potential for leaks. So check these hoses periodically to ensure that refrigerant is being transported properly.
  • Air filter: The air filter can become very dirty in your air conditioning unit, which can cause the unit to work harder. That’s why it’s recommended that you change the filter at least once every month, especially in the summer months when it’s often in use.
  • Vegetation: This issue is perhaps the easiest to resolve – keeping vegetation at bay. With that in mind, make sure any bushes or trees are at least 2 feet away from the air conditioning unit so airflow has the chance to proceed as intended.
  • Preventative Maintenance: While this comes at a cost, it’s never a bad idea to have a professional out to give your air conditioning unit a tune up every spring. An HVAC contractor will look over all of the components and make adjustments and repairs as necessary to make sure it’s operating up to snuff. Preventative maintenance is especially important for homes or commercial facilities that have large, expensive central air units, as it’s important to protect that investment.

Types of Air Conditioners

As we previously noted, the two main types of air conditioners are window units, or room air conditioners, and central air conditioners. Here’s a brief overview on each:

  • Room Air Conditioners: These are usually mounted in windows and designed to specifically cool a confined room or small area. Unlike central air conditioners, which use ducts to distribute the air, room units use fans. Generally, these units can be plugged into a standard electrical outlet.
  • Central Air Conditioners: Usually the condenser is outside of the house and the evaporator is inside the home in the air handler component of the unit. These units run air through ducts, dispersing it throughout the entire home or facility.

Air conditioners are a vital piece to any facility, and they’re not a cheap replacement. That’s why it can make sense to either purchase used parts or a used unit if you’re ever in a bind and need to acquire such on a more affordable level. For more information on air conditioners, and to browse Bid on Equipment’s selection of units and components, contact the company today.

How to Put Together a Carbonated Beverage Line

Carbonated beverages are unquestionably a big hit here in the United States. Whether it’s soda or beer, consumers love them. And when there’s demand for such beverages, it only makes sense that manufacturers continue to churn out the products.

Simply put, carbonated beverages are those that contain carbon dioxide dissolved in water, which thereby creates a fizzing and bubbling sensation in the particular drink. While carbonation can occur naturally, when it comes to carbonated beverages like sparkling water, beer and soda, the carbonization is completed artificially in an industrial plant. Consumers enjoy carbonated beverages for the fizzing taste and manufacturers enjoy making such drinks because they’re easy to distribute and the carbonization gives such beverages a long shelf life.

But, believe it or not, there’s a lot that goes into a carbonated beverage line, from carbonatorequipment to filling equipment, in order to ensure that consumers get the beverages that they enjoy so much. This post will cover some of the basics behind a carbonated beverage line, and what you need to know about much of the equipment that makes these types of drinks possible. Here’s a closer look:

Equipment in a Nutshell

As we noted in the opening, there is a lot of equipment that is needed for a carbonated beverage line. This equipment variety consists of things like mixing and blending units, sugar dissolving equipment, carbonators, homogenizers, pasteurizers, heat treatment machines, fillers and cappers, labeling equipment and packing equipment. While this line can be extensive, especially when you consider the packaging components that make the distribution of the beverages viable, each piece of equipment plays a unique role. We’ll cover some of the more notable pieces of equipment on a carbonated beverage line in the section below.

Key Pieces of Equipment

  • Mixing and Blending Units: Sodas come in all sorts of different types of flavors – and it seems that new ones are always coming out. Yes, there’s no shortage of mixing and blending when it comes to creating carbonated beverages, and this is a task that’s often completed very early in the creation of a beverage. Normally, this mixing and blending is carried out in a continuous motion.
  • Storage Tanks: A carbonated beverage line is likely to need several storage tanks, which help carry out several key processes, such as coagulation, filtration and chlorination. These processes are all designed to remove impurities in the water mixture that’s involved in the beverage making process. Keep in mind that carbonated water makes up over 90 percent of what is in a soft drink, so the processes that make the water pure and viable for this process cannot be underestimated.
  • Carbonators: While mixing and blending equipment help create the flavor, it’s the carbonatorsthat fittingly add the carbonation. Essentially, they are what makes a drink a carbonated beverage. The main component of a carbonator is the carbonation tank, which pumps fresh water and carbon dioxide at high pressures. This is then diffused and the water absorbs the gas into a solution. Carbonators are arguably the most important component in the beverage line – they’re also pieces of equipment that require a lot of maintenance in order to continue to perform up to their full potential.
  • Carbo Coolers: Carbo coolers are similar to carbonators, except they also cool the liquid beverage at the same time that they carbonate the beverage.
  • Filling and Sealing Machines: While carbonators might get all of the glory in the beverage line for taking a liquid and actually making it a carbonated one, filling and sealing machines help a beverage stay that way. And that’s why filling and packaging is so important when it comes to carbonated beverages, because if it isn’t transferred into either bottles or cans at very high flow rates and then sealed immediately, it will lose its carbonation and become “flat.” That’s why containers, whether they be bottles or cans, are normally immediately sealed with pressure-resistant closures.
  • Labeling: When it comes to soft drinks and beer, packaging and labeling is very important in order to convey the brand. And while labeling is a big part of the tail end of a carbonated beverage line, it’s worth noting that it is not without its challenges. Labels for such beverages are usually made of either plastic film or paper, but in order to ensure the integrity of the label and that it doesn’t fail, the bottles or cans must be brought back up to room temperature to prevent condensation and ensure that the label will stick. Because they’re often cooled during the carbonation step, cans and bottles are usually hosed down with warm water to bring their temperatures up. Only then can the labels be applied.
  • Palletizing Accessories: After the beverage has been filled and sealed in either a bottle or can, then it must be distributed. To get the product to distributors, companies usually pack them onto trays or pallets to make shipping easier.

Beverage Line Equipment: A Big Capital Investment

We just highlighted some of the components that are involved in a carbonated beverage line, but make no mistake about it, there is quite a bit more that is involved in such an operation. Another similarity between most of the equipment that you’ll need on a carbonated beverage line is the high cost of it. Yes, such equipment isn’t cheap, with pieces ranging from several thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars to even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Noting the high cost of equipment, this can unquestionably put manufacturers in a bind if a piece of equipment were to fail unexpectedly. When this occurs, there is a decision to be made – buy a brand new piece of equipment for market value or buy a used and refurbished piece of equipment that works like new but is a bit cheaper. There’s no real right or wrong answer, just situations to be aware of. And for the company that didn’t budget for a new piece of equipment, the used route may be the ideal way to go, especially if its acquired from a quality, credible source like Bid on Equipment.

For more information on Bid on Equipment, and to browse the company’s library of used and refurbished equipment for a carbonated beverage line, contact the company today.


March 2016 Trends

What has been bringing buyers to Bid on Equipment through the month of March and what are they looking for when they are here? This last month we noticed a large increase in interest inUsed Fabrication Equipment including:Saws and Shears, Welding and Soldering Equipment, andRiveters and Fastening Machines.

Below are the top ten search terms that have shown the largest increases from Internet search traffic this month.

Interest in each of these terms has grown 100% – 2000%!

Ice Cream Freezer For Sale Used Restaurant Equipment
Milling Machines For Sale Used Metal Fabrication Equipment
Used Water Heaters Strapping Machines For Sale
Used Air Compressors For Sale Brewery Equipment For Sale
Ice Cream Equipment For Sale Used Machine Shop Equipment
The top ten overall categories for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Woodworking Equipment Meat Equipment
Bakery Equipment Conveyors
Machine Shop and Tools Lathes
Dairy Equipment Tanks
Restaurant Equipment Welding and Soldering
The top ten overall Manufacturer Pages for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Bridgeport Combi
Cleaver Brooks Hussman
Bakers Pride Trane
Flexicon Alto Shaam
Waukesha Bosch


5 Pieces of Equipment Needed to Open a Bakery

So you want to open up your very own bakery, eh? A place where you can make bread and other delicious goods to display in storefront windows to catch the eye of those passing by, enticing them to stop in for a snack or two.

Yes, opening your own bakery might seem like part of living the American dream, Norman Rockwell style, but a commercial business of this nature is a far cry from making bread or baking cinnamon rolls in your home oven for just your family to enjoy. No, opening a bakery is a commercial venture, so you’re going to have to be certain to have enough – and the right – equipment on hand to produce large amounts of the baked goods that you’ll be selling to your customers.

Just what equipment do you need to open and run a successful bakery? We’ve outlined five important pieces of equipment and equipment categories below:


If you’re going to be opening a bakery, this is hands-down the most critical piece of equipment that you’ll need in order to do so. But the oven that you have in your home’s kitchen isn’t quite going to do the trick. No, while effective for producing goods for your family, that type of a home oven doesn’t quite cut it when you’re trying to produce commercial quantities of bread and other baked goods – at least if you want to have a decent amount of inventory for your customers and want to turn a profit in the process.

So just what type of oven should you be buying? A commercial oven is fine for a startup bakery, but chances are you’ll soon need to upgrade to a convection oven. Convection ovens are essential in that they cook quickly and efficiently – some even rotate racks to make baking a breeze. It’s worth noting though that convection ovens aren’t suitable for all types of baked goods, because they don’t work well with all types of batters.

Other ovens that you may want to look into include proofing ovens and deck ovens. The former is particularly ideal for bread, while the latter is good for cakes. Don’t skimp on your ovens – like we said in the opening of this section, it’s likely to be the single-handed most important piece of equipment you’ll need.


Another thing that you’ll definitely need to include in your bakery are mixers. If you’re just starting up, you’ll likely only need one commercial mixer, but after you get going and gain some business momentum, you’ll likely be adding more commercial mixer units. There are various types of mixers, from floor mixers to cake mixers to dough mixers – be sure to choose the one that is best utilized for your business and what you’re intending to do. For example, if you’re going to be producing a high volume of baked goods, perhaps as part of a relationship supplying restaurants in your area, a floor mixer is the way to go. Like with the oven, you won’t want to skimp on quality, as you need a reliable mixers able to work effectively every day.


Key to preserving food and ingredients is some sort of refrigeration for your bakery. If you have a bigger bakery, you’ll obviously need a bigger refrigerator than you would with a small bakery, but it goes without saying that there is more than one kind of refrigerator to consider when it comes to your operations. The most convenient – and best option for large bakeries – is probably either the walk-in refrigerator/freezer or reach-in unit, which enables easy access for both products and ingredients to better streamline operations. For smaller bakeries, however, a worktoprefrigerator unit might be the better option. Not only can these units do the job of keeping items properly cooled to avoid food and ingredient spoilage, but worktop refrigerators can also help a bakery maximize efficient use of its work space.


In addition to the big three mentioned above (refrigerators, ovens and mixers), there are various other miscellaneous items and smaller pieces of equipment that you’ll need to have on hand to effectively operate a bakery. The good news is that these items are generally far less expensive than the larger items that we’ve listed above. The bad news is that there’s quite a lot of these items that you’ll need – and not having any of them on hand can really hurt your bakery from a productivity standpoint. That’s why it’s crucial to have items on hand such as pans for muffins, cakes and breads, cooling racks, dough cutters, baking sheets, rollers, spatulas, piping bags, decorating tubes and measuring cups. In addition to these smallwares, you should also be sure to invest in some utility carts for your operations. Carts come in handy when it comes to moving product from one area of the bakery to another, whether it’s a lot of small baked goods like doughnuts or one large baked good, like a wedding cake, for instance.


Finally, last but not least, you’re going to need some sort of storage for your bakery. The primary purpose of such storage units is more about keeping ingredients safe and free from spoilage than anything else, as all goods and ingredients have a shelf life, after all. So what makes for good storage units? Try an ingredient bin, for starters. Such bins can usually handle around 200 pounds of ingredients and are ideal for storing the likes of flour, grains, sugar and more. Food boxes are another solid alternative and dunnage racks are good for keeping ingredients, smaller equipment and more off of the floor.

As you can see, you need quite a bit to open up a bakery. And all of this equipment tends to have one thing in common – it’s not cheap, and a high upfront cost isn’t exactly ideal for a new business, let alone a bakery where so much is needed. That’s why it makes sense to explore all your options, which may potentially lead you down the path of acquiring such equipment from a credible used equipment site such as Bid on Equipment, where you can get pre-owned machinery that works like new. For new businesses, especially bakeries, the cost savings associated with buying used can permit the business to spend on other things – like advertising to get the word out about your new bakery.

For more information on what you’ll need to outfit your bakery, and to browse Bid on Equipment’s selection of ovens, mixers and more, contact the company today.

When to Use a Kettle Instead of a Tank

You’re likely already familiar with the basics behind a basic household kettle. Also commonly referred to as a “tea kettle,” kettles are pots that are made from metal that, essentially, serve to boil water. Normally, kettles accomplish this by being placed on a stovetop, where they are heated. After the water is heated to the appropriate level, the kettle can easily be removed via its handle and poured into a cup or another container via its spout.

Industrial kettles work similarly to how your standard kettle works – except that they’re much larger, thereby working to serve larger volumes of product. Also unlike your typical tea kettle, industrial kettles are usually installed for the sole purpose of heating something – and it doesn’t necessarily have to be water. For instance, breweries typically have one or more large scale industrial kettles to aid them in the beer brewing process. Another key, yet obvious difference, where industrial kettles differ from household kettles is that they’re much more expensive, potentially costing thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.

While industrial kettles serve a purpose in a variety of different environments, one alternative to the industrial kettle is the tank. Tanks are somewhat self-explanatory, and, like kettles, can play a large role in heating products in an industrial environment. One inquiry, however, that’s commonly asked of us when it comes to the tanks versus industrial kettles as far as products go for a facility is when to use which and why to use which. On that note, we’ve put together a bit of a guide on when you should opt for the industrial kettle over the tank for your facility.

When to Use an Industrial Kettle (and Not a Tank)

So just when should you use an industrial kettle over a tank? Here’s a closer look:

  • When product needs to be heated evenly throughout: Think of when you go to heat up something in the microwave, say soup, for instance. Even if you have a rotating tray in the microwave, chances are that certain parts of the soup are still going to heat up better than others, forcing you to either eat or serve it as-is, or stir it around and heat it up some more. One of the nice benefits of an industrial kettle is that it’s unlikely to have this aforementioned problem thanks to agitators. Simply put, agitators are components of many industrial kettles that keep the product inside heated evenly throughout. There are various different types of agitators, so make sure that you select the one that works best for your situation.
  • You need fast food preparation: The agitator feature that we mentioned above is one way thatindustrial kettles help speed up the production process. Another way these machines help do this is via a steam-jacketed feature. Aside from the speedy processing times that such kettles help ensure, there’s also a few notable quality issues that this feature helps with. For instance, kettles with the steam-jacketed feature are much less likely to burn or scorch the food product, thereby ensuring better end quality. Finally, steam-jacketed kettles can also help kettles produce larger amounts of the food product. While this might not factor directly into the speed aspect of these devices, it surely helps factor into the effectiveness and processing potential of this type of equipment.
  • You want to reduce labor: Industrial kettles, to a certain extent, run without a lot of maintenance. This is a unique feature, as it allows employees to work elsewhere in the facility while the kettle is doing it’s job to maximize employee efficiency. Kettles can also help a plant manager reduce labor costs, if that’s the particular route that they choose to take. Whatever the case, the fact is that kettles don’t require a lot of monitoring when you compare this type of equipment to other types of equipment that’s designed to serve similar purposes.
  • Increased durability: Industrial kettles are strong – like, really strong. They’re typically constructed from metal – stainless steel, to be specific – and also available in different types of grades to serve different types of purposes. Take, for instance, 304 stainless steel. This type of metal is ideal for general purpose applications. There’s also 316 stainless steel, which is even more durable than 304 stainless steel – and it’s designed specifically for more acidic foods that could force the lesser grade of stainless steel to wear down prematurely.
  • Versatility: Industrial kettles are also somewhat versatile when it comes to their power source. In fact, they can run off of three types of power sources – gas, electric or direct steam. The most efficient power source is the direct steam, as such kettles can actually run off of the steam from the facility’s boiler system. This method also helps the kettle process its product the fastest, compared to the other two power methods. Conversely, gas and electric powered kettles also have their fair share of benefits, notably that they require much less maintenance than the direct steam models. Aside from power source, industrial kettles are also available in two main types – tilting and stationary. The type of kettle that’s best for you will depend on what exactly you’ll be needing to use the kettle for.

There are a lot of other benefits to industrial kettles, and the reasons why they should be utilized rather than a tank are plentiful. But when it comes to industrial kettles, one thing is also certain – and that’s their price tag. Kettles are very important pieces of equipment in the likes of food production facilities and other similar companies, so to say that they’re essential is an understatement. However, the high price tag of brand new kettle models can be a lot for a business to handle, especially if a kettle breaks down prematurely and it isn’t quite in the budget yet to replace it. That’s where a credible used equipment and appliance site, such as Bid on Equipment, can come in really handy, as it offers businesses and individuals the ability to bid on like-new machinery for a used price. The cost savings associated with going this route, as opposed to buying brand new, can pay big dividends for a brand’s bottom line, permitting them to keep operations at where they should be without breaking the bank on a new piece of equipment in order to do so.

For more information on industrial kettles, when they should be used versus a tank and to browse Bid on Equipment’s line of such kettles, contact the company today.

February 2016 Trends Report

What has been bringing buyers to Bid on Equipment through the month of February and what are they looking for when they are here? This last month we noticed a large increase in interest inUsed Packaging Equipment including Fillers, Cappers, and Bagging Equipment.

Below are the top ten search terms that have shown the largest increases from Internet search traffic this month.

Interest in each of these terms has grown 100% – 2000%!

Used Woodworking Tools For Sale Used Restaurant Equipment For Sale
Bakery Equipment For Sale Used Dairy Equipment
Tortilla Machine For Sale Walk In Cooler For Sale
Boilers For Sale Used Tanks For Sale
Used Printing Equipment Machine Shop Equipment For Sale
The top ten overall categories for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Woodworking Equipment Construction Equipment
Bakery Equipment Conveyors
Machine Shop and Tools Lathes
Dairy Equipment Tanks
Restaurant Equipment Welding and Soldering
The top ten overall Manufacturer Pages for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Vemag Combi
Cleaver Brooks Hussman
Bakers Pride Multivac
Miller Alto Shaam
Waukesha Bosch


What’s the Difference Between a Continuous and a Batch Freezer?

When most people think of a freezer, they think of an appliance that keeps things cold. They think of something that preserves and keeps food from spoiling until it’s time to be cooked and consumed. Continuous and batch freezers also accomplish this task, but unlike conventional freezers that are combined with your refrigerator or stored in your basement, these freezers also carry out the important task of creating food as well. Specifically, they work to produce frozen treats, like ice cream, gelato and even sorbet.

That’s the big difference that separates continuous and batch freezers from conventional freezers that often exist in household and commercial restaurant environments, but don’t think that the two aforementioned types of production freezers are the same, other than the fact that they both serve an important function for commercial ice cream producers. Other than sharing the capability to produce ice cream and other frozen treats, there are a lot of factors that separate the two types of freezers, from how they go about producing the ice cream to various other important features. Here’s a closer look:

Continuous Freezer

Fitting to the name, a continuous freezer is one that produces ice cream without interruption. This differs from the batch freezer type, which only produces the delicacy in pre-determined amounts. Because of this, continuous freezers are ideal for entities that are in the business of producing large quantities of ice cream. Unlike the batch freezer, continuous freezers don’t specialize in making short runs of various different types of ice cream flavors. Many continuous freezers, for instance, can create endless batches in a single run, so long as mixture is added to the machine.

Specifically, continuous freezers are automated pieces of heavy equipment that are capable of producing either water-based or milk-based ice cream by adding air to the process. Air is added to the process via a pump while it is being beaten and frozen, making it feasible to attain aeration levels of well over 100 percent.

Continuous freezers are simple to operate, being that you can essentially program the machine and not have to bother with it until its run is done, and also fairly easy to move around the facility floor. They are typically fabricated from stainless steel, which adds to their durability.

Bottom line: Continuous freezers are designed for the large producers of ice cream who supply the product to stores and other locations. The uninterrupted nature of how the machine works makes large-scale production of these frozen treats easy to achieve solid profitability.

Batch Freezer

Unlike a continuous freezer, batch freezers are better suited for short runs of ice cream, as these types of freezers work to only produce pre-determined amounts of a particular type of frozen delicacy. While the batches can be programmed to vary in size, generally speaking, they aren’t close to the same production scale as you’d get from a continuous freezer. That doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t serve a purpose, but batch freezers aren’t the ideal product for large scale producers of ice cream and are instead better intended for the small gourmet shops and stores that wish to make their own product.

Specifically, many batch freezers are a step up from a household ice cream maker, with the capacity to make anywhere from 5-6 gallons of the treat at a time. Again, that’s a far cry from the endless gallons of a continuous freezer, but then again batch freezers are intended for a different environment.

Think of a batch freezer kind of like how you think of a washing machine – batch freezers somewhat mirror washers in appearance, and also work in a similar manner to such appliances. Batch freezers freeze the ice cream from the outside in, as the mixture is mixed and stirred by a rotating blade once inside the batch freezer chamber. Cold coils that are integrated into the batch freezer’s casing allow for the freezing of the ice cream. After the ice cream is processed in the chamber for a period of time, it can be extruded into a container. However, it’s worth noting that the product that is processed inside of the batch freezer usually isn’t the final product ice cream – normally what’s extruded from the freezer after processing must be stored in a blast freezer so that it can adequately solidify. Following this solidification, the ice cream can then be served. Although there is some debate about quality, it’s thought that most ice cream produced via this process is of higher quality than what is produced via the continuous freezer method.

One neat thing to note about batch freezers is that they allow for a certain level of experimentation when it comes to creating new flavors and new types of frozen desserts. This can allow ice cream parlors to get creative with their offerings, and there’s minimal risk of falling short on a particular new flavor or delicacy, being that batch freezers only produce limited quantities. It’s also worth mentioning that batch freezers are typically less expensive than continuous freezers.

Bottom line: To review, batch freezers are the ideal choice of ice cream-production equipment for ice cream parlors and shops. They can also be used by larger ice cream producers, but are really only applicable for very high-level flavors of ice cream that consumers will pay more for to ensure companies maintain profitable margins.

As you can see, there are quite a bit differences between batch and continuous freezers. But aside from the products that they’re intended to create, there’s one other thing that these two types of freezers have in common with each other – their expense. Yes, while continuous freezers are generally more expensive than batch freezers, neither is a drop in the bucket when it comes to upfront cost. But they’re also crucial equipment that ice cream producers and ice cream parlors need to have – and need to have operating – in order to stay in business. But if a new piece of equipment is necessary and isn’t a part of the current upgrade plan, the high cost of such equipment can certainly put businesses in a bind. That’s where buying a used continuous or batch freezer can come in handy, especially when you do so from a credible resource like Bid on Equipment. By buying used, companies can get a previously owned piece for a cheaper price than they can brand new – and without sacrificing performance. For many businesses, this can be a big money saver.

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FFS 101: How a Form, Fill and Seal Machine Works

Form fill and seal, or FFS, machines play a critical role in the packaging of goods. Specifically, they’re automated pieces of heavy machinery that work on a packaging assembly line. As the name implies, these FFS machines first help form the package, then they fill it with the desired product and, finally, seal it so that it can then be shipped to the store for purchase.

Form fill seal machines can work with either dry goods or liquids, and are commonly used for all types of packaging (i.e. both corrugated and flexible styles) and with all different types of product, from foods to pharmaceuticals.

In order to understand how an FFS machine works, however, we first need to separate such equipment into their proper categories. On that note, it’s worth mentioning that FFS machines generally are available in two different styles – vertical form fill seal, or VFFS, which are the more popular of the two, and horizontal form fill seal, or HFFS. VFFS are somewhat self-explanatory in the basics of their operation, working to form, fill and then seal packaging from above. Such machines are available in a few different varieties – single web and dual web. HFFS machines, on the other hand, work to package machines from a horizontal perspective (think things like blister packs and wrappers).

There are a few key differences between HFFS and VFFS machines. For instance, HFFS machines generally take up a greater space on the plant floor than VFFS machines, which have been developed to be much more compact in recent years. VFFS machines are also often better intended to work with products that are difficult to handle by hand, things like grains, liquids, chips and other types of food. HFFS machines are better suited for standalone products, like toys or candy bars. HFFS machines are generally considered to be a tad more versatile than their VFFScounterparts in that they can handle a greater variety of packages and products, as opposed toVFFS machines, which are best suited to work with foods.

Furthermore, both VFFS and HFFS machines can be further classified into the products that they’re designed to work with. For instance, categories of such machines include bags/pillow packs, bottles, cartons, trays and blisters, sachets and bags/pouches. While the operation of aform fill seal machine can vary based on the type of machine it is (VFFS or HFFS) as well as the type of package it is working on, all machines work under the same basic principles.


The first step is the formation of the packaging material. Depending on the type of package that the machine is working on, this packaging material is either taken and made from a web roll (in the case of a plastic, flexible substrate) or taken from a stack of existing packaging (which is often normal when working with corrugated boxes or similar packaging materials).

For a single web VFFS machine that works with flexible materials, for instance, the web, or film roll, usually is fed into a cone-shaped tube. This tube, also commonly referred to as the “forming tube,” helps form the package by taking the outer edges of the web roll and wrapping them around it. The film is then often worked outside of the tube and then sealed together to create the package. The package is then sealed at the bottom, any excess film below the seal is removed and the package is ready to go on to the filling stage of the process. The process is similar on flexible applications with the VFFS dual web machine, except that two rolls of film are used.

While VFFS and HFFS machines have a lot of work to do from a forming perspective when it comes to plastic film and packaging lines, when working with corrugated and other packaging materials, such machines generally just grab from an existing product pile or fold the edges into a product. After the packages are formed, they move on to the filling station.


Following the forming step comes the filling step. This process works much more fluidly than the first task that these machines are programmed to complete. Simply put, a pre-measured amount of product, whether it’s a solid or a liquid, is dispersed from the machine and into the open package. Products are normally carried via a conveyor belt. After the packages are filled, they move on to the final main task – sealing.


The final main task of a form fill seal machine is sealing the package so that it can ultimately be shipped off to the store for consumers to purchase. Sealing usually occurs immediately following filling, partially to reduce any potential contamination to the products being packaged, which is especially true if the goods are to be consumed. In many VFFS machines that work with bags and pouches, a sealing bar is positioned horizontally and works to seal off the top of the package. Following this step, and the removal of any material, the package can also move on for another sealing task when applicable, which is often referred to as the “final sealing process” or “secondary sealing.” For applicable packages, this may include filling the product with air to help protect or preserve it or punching holes in the package so it can be easier hung on display racks. Packages then move on to be sorted and, eventually, shipped out to stores.

Today, VFFS and HFFS machines are highly technologically advanced, able to not only perform their tasks with extreme accuracy and precision, but they’re often also able to execute other important functions related to specific types of packaging, such as temperature adjustment.

One other important thing to note about form fill seal equipment is that it is large capital equipment – equipment that tends to be very expensive, ranging from tens of thousands to even hundreds of thousands of dollars. This price tag can pose quite the burden for a packaging facility, especially if one has run into an unforeseen situation where a piece of equipment failed outside of that particular company’s determined upgrade and replacement plan. That’s where buying from a pre-used source such as Bid on Equipment can come in handy, as you can get a like-new piece of equipment at a used price. Saving on this type of integral piece of equipment is essential for some companies, and when you don’t have to sacrifice quality for affordability, it makes the situation all the more win-win. For more information on form fill seal machines, and to browse Bid on Equipment’s inventory of HFFS and VFFS machines, contact us today.