Packing Machinery Buying Guide | 10 Things You Must Consider Before Purchasing

6 scayl packing and sealing machines showcasing suitability for food packaging


Dave from Scayl talking about PPMA 2023 tradeshow


In the fast-paced world of business, packing machinery isn't just a tool : it's a game-changer. It's the secret sauce that saves time, slashes the need for extra hands, and our Phil for example brings a level of precision that's hard to beat. Imagine transforming hours of work into smooth, automated / semi-automated processes, or being able to handle sudden surges in demand without piling on extra staff at ridiculous costs. That's the magic of packing machinery. Plus, in today's world where food safety matters more than ever, these machines have your back, making sure your products meet the highest standards, keeping both your brand and customers safe and satisfied.

Think of these machines as more than just equipment. They're the heroes of your packing operations, freeing up time and resources for you to focus on making strides and innovations in your business. They're not just about following rules; they're about making your life easier, that’s exactly why we call them solutions! Making sure things run smoothly and guaranteeing your products are packed flawlessly. Our Scayl packing and filling machines are available for businesses large and small, so trust us when we say we have the solution for you…

1. ROI vs Cost

In the world of business, balancing costs and what you gain in return is a real tug-of-war. When it comes to packing machinery, the scales tip heavily toward savings, savings that go beyond just money. Think about all those hours spent hand-packing, time that could be better used driving your business forward or spending time with family. At Scayl, we get it. Our prices are upfront online, but we're all about that personal touch, so we recommend giving us a call for a quote that's tailored to fit your needs perfectly. You can find that here.

Let's talk numbers. Imagine manually packing 100kg, gobbling up a whopping 40 hours of your time. With our machines, that's an annual saving of £4310. But it's not just about the cash; it's about reclaiming those 40 hours every single month. By month three, the lightbulb moment hits and the return on investment becomes crystal clear.

Our ROI calculator isn't just about crunching numbers, it's proof of how our machines transform your business. And when it comes to making these game-changing tools accessible, our flexible finance options step in. With over 100 lenders and great rates, we secure your investment against the machinery itself, making it easier for you to optimise your business without breaking the bank.

2. User Friendliness and Training

At Scayl, we've got your back from day one. When you send in your products, our process kicks into gear. We configure the machine to fit your specific needs and provide all the support you need to get up and running. Sure, our Phils might look all technical and fancy, but they operate on a plug and play basis and we offer lifetime training and support. That means we're here for you every step of the way, making sure you and your team know the ins and outs. Need in-house training for the big machines? No Problem. Just contact us and we are always here to help. Below is a video of one of our phil machines live in operation.

3. Machine types: What do I need?


Scayl packing and sealing machines guide for coffee roasters or packing solutions

Our packing machines are modular and are incredibly adaptable, capable of integrating into various packing lines. We can offer fully automated and semi automated machines, designed to accommodate different packaging and packing needs. Whether it's modifying for specific sealers or incorporating ink printers, we've got you covered with our in-house stock, making customisation and upgrading a swift and hassle-free process.

While it's best to touch base with us for detailed specifics, it's worth noting that highly respected companies such as Bettys and Taylors, New York Delhi, and Bird and Blend rely on the automation and reliability of our machinery to meet their diverse packaging requirements. These industry leaders' trust in our equipment speaks volumes about its adaptability and effectiveness in the real world of packaging solutions.

scayl packing and sealing machines who we have worked with including tesco, bruu tea and bettys tea room

4. Key Features to Look For

When it comes to picking the right packing machinery, there are some key things you should keep an eye out for. Let's start with the CE mark, it's like a stamp of approval showing that our machines meet top-notch safety and environmental standards. Especially if you're in the food business aiming to sell to stores, this mark is a big deal. It means our machines play by the rules, ensuring quality and safety are top priority.

Now, let's talk about materials. Our machines are made using 304 food-grade stainless steel as standard, unless you want that extra protection against corrosion where you can opt for 316 stainless steel. That might sound technical, but it's super important for handling food properly. According to food safety rules, having the right equipment is a must, and our stainless steel filling machines check all those boxes, making sure your products are handled in the safest and cleanest way possible.

5. Customer Reviews and Testimonials

When it comes to picking the right machine supplier, it's more than just the product, it's about the service too. Think about it: if a machine breaks down, your whole operation could come to a halt. That's why it's essential to consider suppliers who have a solid setup right here in the UK. Do they have stock available? Spare parts on hand? And most importantly, are they there for you when you need help? Imagine having a question and being able to pick up the phone and actually get through to someone who can help. Or better yet, being able to test the machines for free to see if they're the perfect fit for your products. That's what matters, and that's what we offer at Scayl.

Speaking of Scayl, we've got you covered on all these fronts. We're not just a supplier; we're your partners in ensuring your business runs smoothly. We've got a showroom right here in the UK where you can come in and check out our machines. Need a demo? No problem, we're all about making sure you're confident in your choice and when it comes to support, our in-house technician Lewis and our friendly team are just a call away. Don't just take our word for it, our customers, like the ones at “Imbibe Coffee Roasters” and “WSC Coffee”, can vouch for the service we provide. Check out these testimonials to see how we've helped businesses like yours!

Testomonials for food packing and sealing machines from company called Scayl

6. Scalability for Future Growth

Looking toward the future, scalability is a crucial consideration for businesses eyeing growth. Take, for instance, our LIN range of machines, these aren't just your average packing systems. They're designed with scalability in mind.Triplex vibrators for handling larger items, coupled with a vibrant 7-inch color touch screen that speaks multiple languages for user ease. This system isn't just about the present, it's about future-proofing your operations. With an advanced MCU automatic learning function, it's all about enhancing how products are handled, giving users the flexibility to tweak parameters even while the machine is running. Plus, its adaptable design housed in durable 304 stainless steel means maintenance is a breeze, tool-free parts release and easy cleaning make sure your focus stays on growth.

Continuing the conversation about scalability, our line-up isn't just about higher-end systems like the LIN range. Enter the Phil range, a fantastic entry point for smaller and medium-sized companies with more conservative budgets. These machines are tailored to fit your current needs while laying the groundwork for your future growth. They're the stepping stone, the starting point that allows your business to scale up gradually. As your operations expand and your business hits new heights, you'll find yourself eyeing up the previously mentioned LIN range, ready to take that next big leap when the time is right. The Phil range isn't just about where you are now; it's about being the launchpad for where you want to be, setting the stage for seamless progress toward LIN-level efficiency and capacity when your business is ready for it.

7. Warranty

When you're investing in a machine, the warranty is a big deal. Picture this, your machine decides to take an unscheduled break, and suddenly, your business is in crisis mode. That's where a solid warranty comes in. It's not just about the piece of paper; it's about having peace of mind. You need to know that if something goes wrong, help is available fast and without breaking the bank. Here at Scayl, we've got your back. We're based right here in the UK, offering that much-needed support when you need it most. When it comes to our machines, they come with 12 month warranties as standard. So, rest assured, we're not just selling machines, we're backing them up with the support and assurance you need when making an investment into a filling machine.

8. Product Compatibility

When it comes to packing machinery, one size definitely doesn't fit all. That's why at Scayl, we're all about tailoring our machines to perfectly suit your unique packaging needs. Imagine getting a machine that's like a custom-made suit—designed specifically for your products. That's what our free initial in-house setup is all about. We take your product and ensure it's a perfect match for our machines. Take, for instance, our Phil 300 and Lin 150 machines—they're not just about packing, they're about creating a seamless partnership with products. The Phil 300 is a gem with sweets, coffee, and tea, while the Lin 150 is a wizard with biscuits, fries, crisps, and a whole lot more.

It's not just about what our machines can pack, it's about how accurately and effectively it does it. That's where our Lin range's vibration plate magic comes in. It ensures extremely precise weights and expertly separates products, making sure each package is spot on. And hey, we get it, some products can be a bit tricky, especially those that tend to puff up like flour. That's where our expertise comes into play. We're here to find solutions, to make sure your products and our machines are a match made in packing heaven. Because at the end of the day, it's not just about packing, it's about doing it right, and we're here to make sure you do.

9. Considerations around Food Safety

When it comes to sealing and packing machines, particularly in the context of handling food, prioritizing considerations around food safety is paramount. The machinery you choose plays a crucial role in maintaining the integrity of the food products, ensuring they reach consumers in a safe and hygienic condition. It's vital to opt for machines constructed from materials that meet food-grade standards and are easy to clean to prevent contamination risks. Additionally, features like sealing precision and control mechanisms are crucial to maintaining the freshness and quality of the food. Regular maintenance and adherence to industry regulations are essential aspects to uphold a hygienic production environment. By carefully addressing these considerations, businesses can not only safeguard the health of consumers but also build a reputation for delivering food products with the highest standards of safety and quality.

We've crafted our machines with your needs in mind. Using top-quality food-grade stainless steel (304), our designs not only meet but often exceed industry standards. The convenience of removable parts ensures easy cleaning, and we're proud to boast a 5-star food hygiene rating. Your satisfaction and safety are our top priorities

10. Supplier Support and Service

Assess the level of support and service offered by the machine supplier. A reliable supplier should provide excellent customer service, readily available technical support, and timely maintenance options. Consider the supplier's reputation for responsiveness, the availability of spare parts, and the ease of obtaining service when needed. A strong ongoing relationship with the supplier can ensure the smooth operation of your packing and sealing machines throughout their lifecycle.

We get the challenges small businesses deal with, and we're all about fixing things. Machines can be tricky, and parts might need some attention during use. That's where we come through. We get that if your machine isn't running, your business isn't either. Our customer service team in the UK is here when your business hits a roadblock. Most problems can be sorted out with a quick phone call. And if a part needs swapping, we've got spare parts stocked up at our UK service center. It's as simple as that – we're here to keep your business rolling.

In conclusion, choosing the right sealing and packing machine for your business involves a thoughtful evaluation of various critical factors. From weighing the return on investment against costs to ensuring user-friendly operation, understanding machine types, and considering key features, our blog has covered the essential aspects of making an informed decision