What is a Wicketed Bag? (Definition, uses & costs)

Are you looking for a more effective plastic bag solution to package your product(s)?

Are you losing efficiency on your production line because your operators are spending too much time handling individual poly bags?

If you answer yes to either of these questions then a wicketed bag (wicket bag) may be just what you need.

Wicketed bags help our customers increase their packaging speeds and efficiencies which saves money and time that leads to increased profitability.

We wrote this article to help you understand what a wicketed bag is, what types of industries they are best suited for, and what they can cost.

What is a wicketed bags?

Wicketed bags are stacked plastic bags arranged neatly on a wire wicket and held in place with rubber washers and, sometimes, a chipboard header. They traditionally have a 1.5″ lip with starter notches and/or side notches.

These bags can be manufactured with a bottom gusset, full or butterfly vents, perforations, printing, and color tint. And, they can be made with permanent or resealable tape for easy closing.

A full wicket of bags usually consists of 100 or 250 bags per wicket. This pack out can be customized depending on the size and gauge (thickness of material) of the bag.

Having multiple bags neatly stacked on a wicket can improve your packing process. You can also include fully or semi automatic packing equipment to increase speed. This eliminates the unpacking of bags from a box one at a time.

Depending on the size of the bag wicketed bags can be manufactured on high speed equipment or manually produced on slower running equipment. Manually produced or “hand wicketed” bags require operators with very flexible hands and fingers. Hand wicketting is a much slower process and can lead to higher costs. But, many people find that having neatly stacked bags of any size increases the speed at which packaging operators can complete their tasks and the increased efficiencies offset the increased cost of the bag.

Who uses Wicketed Bags?

Wicketed bags are offered for food and non food packaging. The bags can be manufactured in many sizes…width and length. Many food packaging lines are equipped with automatic packing equipment. Many industrial packaging lines are equipped with workstations that are designed to hold the wicket of bags so the packaging operator is free to easily remove a bag from the wicket after the product is placed inside.

We like to suggest that a trial run be done with manufactured bags on automatic equipment. Each machine is unique and the set up of those machines can be tedious. Sometimes tweaks to the bag construction are needed to make sure you have  a smooth packaging process.

Summing it up

We hope this blog provides the information you are looking for when it comes to wicketed bags.

When applied to the proper application, wicketed bags can help make your packaging process more efficient which will lead to improved profitability.

If you have additional questions or would like additional information feel free to contact us and we will get you the information you need.

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