As your business grows, the need to purchase an automated case sealer (rather than paying an employee to manually seal your packages for shipment) can also become prominent. However, because case sealers aren't cheap, you'll want to make sure you do your research and find the one that's right for you and your budget. As you begin shopping for case sealers, it can be helpful to ask a few important questions.
What Are Your Box Sizes?
Take a moment to consider the types of packages your business sends out. Are they all a uniform size or are do you send out packages of varying dimensions? If the former applies to you, then you might be able to save money by purchasing a uniform case sealer, which is designed to seal one dimension of packaging. However, if you send out packages of various sizes (or if you think you may need to do so in the future), then spending the extra money on a random case sealer may be necessary.
Can You Pay an Operator?
Typically, case sealers come in two different types: operator-required and operator-free. The former type needs a person on-hand while the machine is in operation; this person must fold flaps and feed each package into the case sealing machine. However, there are also operator-free case sealers, which don't require any additional staffing or operator. Operator-free case sealers may cost you more money up-front, but could save you money in the long-term, since you won't need to pay an employee an hourly rate to operate the machine.
How Much Room Do You Have?
Finally, understand that case sealers come in all different sizes and dimensions, so you'll need to get a good idea of how much floor space you have to work with before you begin shopping around. This way, you can immediately rule out any case sealers that are too large for your company's manufacturing space. You can also accordingly shop for a case sealer that meets the dimensions you have to work with or make additional room to fit the case sealer you want at your place of business.
There are so many considerations to keep in mind when shopping for a case sealer, so this isn't a comprehensive list by any means. Still, by asking these important questions as you shop around, you'll be well on your way to making an informed decision and purchase. Contact a company like SIAT S.p.A. for more information.