The term 'vacuum packaging machine' may not seem like the most interesting thing in the world to the outside world, but for those involved in the packaging industry it has made a huge difference and his rightly spoken about it favourable terms.
They also will have affected your life in some way, shape or form you just don't know it. It also means that it doesn't have to be refrigerated which saves on transport costs, which results in lower food prices for the end consumer.
It is no longer just the major fruit and vegetable exporters that have access to vacuum packaging machines. The recession has seem them fall in price dramatically and made them far more accessible to smaller businesses. The problem is that these businesses are not used to looking after these machines, and if they are not maintained to a good standard they are far more likely to go wrong. The main areas to monitor are:
The seals - The whole process of vacuum packaging relies on the quality of the seals. To create a vacuum, the whole area around the bag needs to be sealed when it is clamped by the machine, after which all the air is sucked out. Over time, the seals have a tendency to wear out and eventually will be unable to create a seal.