Echomachinery’s automated packaging solutions

Vacuum, nitrogen and premade pouch packaging machines

Echomachinery's new manufacturing facility located in Rui'an Economic Development Zone, Dinshan Phase II and is spread over 33,000 square meteres

Established in 2000, Echomachinery has a 22-year-old history in the field of packing machines. It is one of the largest machinery manufacturers in China with 400 employees, 30 of whom are experienced R&D engineers. The company takes pride in setting down the national standards for automatic pre-made bag packaging machines in the country.

Echomachinery marked the beginning of the year by starting operations of its new manufacturing facility located in Rui’an Economic Development Zone, Dinshan Phase II. Spread over 33,000 square meters, with a total construction area of 98,000 square meters, the facility has a top floor parking and integrated factory and dormitory buildings. With a total investment of over US$ 30 million (approximately Rs 229 crore), the new factory combines R&D, raw material processing, assembly and commissioning, and storage and logistics, in the overall process flow. A high level of integration is said to deliver efficiency, energy savings and an optimum production capacity.

Echomachinery’s new automatic vacuum packaging machine has a capacity of 85 bags a minute with a filling volume of 5 to 1,000 grams.

Launched in October of the first pandemic year in 2020, the facility was put into operation only by the end of the second pandemic year, 2021. With the entire project completion to take approximately a year, the firm expects to churn out 2,000 sets of intelligent equipment in 2022, with a capacity of producing goods worth US$ 100 million (approximately Rs 764 crore).

The company’s automatic vacuum packaging machine has a capacity of 85 bags a minute with a filling volume of 5 to 1,000 grams. Made of stainless steel, this rotary packaging solution is safe for the packaging of food and beverages and maintains product hygiene while supplying high durability.

Vacuum packaging for food

The machine offers automatic control of multiple interlinked processes from loading, filling, packaging, vacuum, sealing, and finished products. With a microcomputer display and a graphic touch panel, Echomachinery’s automatic vacuum packaging machine provides ease of operation and maintenance. The machine provides vacuum nitrogen packaging to end-users, a process that is known to enhance the consumer experience by improving the taste and color of packaged food products while no effect is observed on the product shape.

Pouch packaging 

Also on offer are Echomachinery’s premade pouch packaging machines that are suitable for liquid, powdered and granular food items, household products, and pharmaceutical ingredients and medicines, apart from fertilizers and pesticides for agri-commodities. The machine provides ziplock packaging, gusset bag packaging, spout bag packaging, and pallet bag packaging. This machine also has a bag manufacturing capacity of 80 bags per minute with a filling volume of 5 to 2,500 grams. The pouch packaging machines are fully compatible with various downstream packaging equipment including liquid filling machines, multi-head weighers, inspection devices such as metal detectors and check weighers, and case sealers. 

The machine adheres to strict mechanical safety standards, and the in-built touch screen control system provides simplicity and ease of use. With complete automation, the machine simplifies product loading, filling, sealing and finishing while capable of meeting food safety and hygiene requirements.

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