Secondary packaging is designed to protect not only the dairy product, but also the primary packaging, which is typically the packaging most visible to the consumer in retail displays. Secondary packaging machines collect individual packages and place them in cartons that will eventually find their way onto pallets. The pallets will be shrink-wrapped, trucked to a warehouse or distribution center. They will eventually be delivered to a retail outlet where the pallet will be broken down, cartons opened and individual packages placed on the shelf. In other words, the secondary package is well-traveled and needs to be able to stand up to a lot of over-the-road abuse.
It’s important to find the right equipment to achieve your packing goals. Cost, speed, effectiveness and space on the manufacturing floor will likely be factors. So will reliability and maintenance. In this article we review what dairy processors should look for when choosing secondary packaging equipment.