As 2020 draws to a close, kicking and screaming like an overtired toddler to bed, it may be a good time to think about planning for new starts in 2021. Let’s all agree that 2021 is going to be “our year”, where only good things will happen…. If we believe it, then it must be so…
If you’ve been overwhelmed by demand in recent months, or you’re just looking to review costs and efficiencies, then packaging automation can help you to manage costs, increase throughput and support accelerated growth.
Here are four packaging automation systems that are quick to install, require minimal investment and can make a real difference to your business.
Automatic tape dispensers
The assembly and manual taping of boxes can take up to 60% of the overall packing time. This time can be dramatically reduced with automated tape systems, freeing up your operators to complete other tasks or, manage more packs per hour.
There are dispensers available that, at the touch of a button, dispense pre-set lengths of tape ready to use. No more wrestling with hand tape guns and applying more tape than is required.
An automatic taping machine goes a step further and physically applies the tape for you, used in conjunction with a box erector this combination of systems reduces the number of operator touches to the box considerably.
Void fill automation
If you are continually tearing material off a roll to fill voids, or pouring loose fill into boxes, then it’s time to look at a dispenser solution.
Paper void fill dispensers can be managed by foot pedals to automatically fill packs, which frees up your hands to complete the packing process. They can also be programmed to dispense the appropriate length of material for each of your pack options, which reduces the amount of overall material you use.
Airbag systems can be used to inflate bags on demand or, used with in conjunction with a hopper to ensure stock is on hand to use quickly. When fitted with sensors, hoppers automatically refill as the stock is depleted, ensuring a constant supply of airbags are available. Your operators literally have an endless supply!
Stretch wrap automation
If you are manually wrapping between 10-15 pallets per day (or more), it’s time to consider a pallet wrapper. Not only are they more economical with material application, they also free up your operators to complete other tasks. Whilst the initial outlay may seem chunky, they can typically reduce the cost to wrap each pallet by a third, as much as two thirds if you use a core-break machine. Return on investment is expected within months.
Semi or fully automated strapping systems
Hand applying strapping can take a while – there is lots of manoeuvring to line up the strapping, feed it into the tensioner tool and apply the seal. There are opportunities to speed up this process.
A friction welder still involves manually applying the strapping but, this handheld battery-operated tool quickly tensions, cuts and seals at the touch of a button.
A semi-automatic system applies the strapping for you but only after you feed the strapping around the parcel. Whilst a fully automatic system takes care of everything – just feed the item into the machine and it completes the application process for you.
If you are interested in finding out more about the benefits of packaging automation, why not contact us today?