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Something Old, Something New: New VS Refurbished Packaging Machines

Let’s talk about money: New packaging machine is a serious investment!

The financial department tries to cut costs, production department insists on new equipment and it is up to you to make a decision: should we purchase a new or a refurbished machine? Price is always the main factor in all “old vs new” dilemmas, but you need to consider other factors in order to make the right packaging investment.

True, used or refurbished packaging machines can be a great way of trying out new packaging concepts with low investment risk and low capital cost. On the other hand, there is a greater risk of malfunction which would then cause additional expenses.

In order to help you make the right decision, here are our two cents on this topic.

Something old: Buying a used packaging machine

A second-hand packaging machine may appear ideal for businesses that want to minimize capital expenses. This can work if you are a startup business that wants to test product and packaging concepts at a reduced cost. Used machines cost less, and they are usually available quicker. On the other hand, there are some risks. The machine you purchased can turn out to be inefficient and unreliable.  There is also a question of spare parts and service. Are they available? Can you acquire them easily? Don’t forget about the safety standards that are constantly rising. Can a refurbished machine meet them? There is also a risk of unpleasant surprises like an expensive modification of a machine in order to make it work for you. Finally, warranties on used machines don’t usually cover all the important components, that is if there even is any warranty.



If you aren’t quite ready to give up on the idea of a second-hand machine, make sure to keep an eye on these four things when looking for a used machine.

  1. Do a complete audit of the machine including the electrical components.
  2. Find out about the history of the machine; what products were run on it? What was the plant environment? Was maintenance performed on it regularly?
  3. Look for oil leaks – they are a sign of a poorly maintained machine.
  4. Always demand to see the machine in full operation, so you are sure that all functions work.


Something new: Buying a new packaging machine

A new packaging system is a perfect solution for established companies that want to improve packaging efficiency.

These companies usually have already defined and standardized packaging processes, so they are more interested in improving packaging speed, packaging quality and overall efficiency of a production line.

True, this demands higher initial capital and investment cost, and with some manufacturers it may take a bit longer for machine completion.

But, on the other hand, you will get a piece of equipment that is designed and optimized according to your needs so it can serve you for many years to come. The new machine is compliant with all current safety requirements, it has a genuine warranty and with a good manufacturer, you don’t have to worry about regular maintenance, service personnel or spare parts.



So, if you still haven’t made a decision, do not let the potential price discourage you from getting a new machine. With a modular approach to design, the price of a new machine isn’t always significantly over your budget. Go ahead and ask a reliable manufacturer for a quote. You can start by checking out Tishma Technologies’ cartoners, case packers, tray packers, palletizers, and robotics – whichever you need, Tishma will deliver!