Our packaging equipment includes bagging, foam in place, form fill and seal, palletizers, nailers, shrink wrap, staples, stretch wrap, strapping, string tyers, taping, and, but not limited to void fill.
There are many types of packaging equipment. Usually they are large in size and designed for commercial packaging uses. Conveyer belts and big rolls of material are factors in the machines intended for heavy use.
Installation ranges from very easy to complicated. You need alot of space dedicated to most of these packaging equipment machines for them to be comfortable to use as they are made for mass production. Your decision of what equipment you are going to purchase will be based on your budget, integration, running costs, space, and machine technology.
As robotic technology progresses, so does the efficiency of the packaging equipment. Upgrading every so often is a good idea, provided that you are willing to learn how to operate new interfaces. This will cost more money in the short term, but production speed and ease of use are both long term cost analyses that need to be accounted for.