Henry Ford once said, “If you need a machine and don’t buy it, you will ultimately find you have paid for it, but don’t have it.” Many factors go into the decision to purchase a new packaging machine; ROI, labor costs, packaging efficiency, maintenance costs, distribution costs - and the list goes on. But when do you take Henry Ford’s advice and decided that your operation “needs” a new packaging machine?
Robots are not new to the manufacturing industry. The first modern programmable robot was installed in 1961 at General Motors to move hot metal and, today, robots are designed to perform a variety of activities from simple tasks to complex jobs in extreme environments.
Requirements set by retail giants like Wal-Mart and Kroger, combined with widespread consumer demand for corporate social responsibility makes sustainability one of the most widely sought-after goals for the packaging industry in 2017. As a result, many industries are shifting away from full corrugated shippers for distribution.
Purchasing capital equipment, regardless of how large or small, requires a significant amount of planning and buy-in from across the entire organization. Competing department interests can stall an initiative or create hidden project costs; in some cases these competing interests cause the project to be put on hold before it even gets started. When purchasing a shrink wrap machine, it's critical to align your current and realistic future needs with one that matches them the best.
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There are many products you’d expect to see shrink bundled or wrapped, such as trays of spices or marinades or bundles of dry pet food. However, as trends shift and sustainability and shipping costs increase, manufacturing engineers must look for ways to reduce packaging costs or increase operational efficiency.
The term ‘modular’ seems to be all the rage when it comes to equipment manufacturing. The idea is that equipment components have a Lego-type configuration, in which things can be arranged to fit the application. Implementing a system like this can be more complicated from an engineering perspective, but the benefits can be worth the up-front effort. Here are some of the benefits of modular design to consider when implementing new packaging equipment.
Packaging large, rolled products like carpet padding, non-wovens, or TPO roofing can be difficult, labor intensive and potentially dangerous. An automated packaging line using LDPE film can simplify the process and also provide you with a variety of options to meet other goals, including shrink wrapping low-density polyethylene or bagging product in a non-shrunk solution.
Case packing absolutely has its place in the packaging industry. There are products that simply need to be in a case, and therefore require companies to bear the cost of corrugate shippers. On the other hand, there are products currently being case-packed that could be successful candidates for tray wrapping, which would eliminate costly corrugate and ultimately provide savings to consumers.
Your food business is growing overall, and that’s a good thing. With that growth, though, come challenges related to managing product throughput, business efficiency and cost management.
You’ve been looking at ways to streamline your operation and you’ve found that using shrink-wrapped trays for secondary packaging instead of case packing product might be a good solution – but when is the right time to implement it? Here are four signs that will help you answer that question.
Sustainability has been a buzzword for years, and is largely based on identifying the “best” solution. In secondary packaging, the two most prominent options are fiber-based products (i.e., chipboard and corrugate) and resin-based options (i.e., LDPE films).
For producers and retailers of personal care products, Low Density Polyethylene film (LDPE) is the most sustainable way to package goods throughout the product lifecycle, including secondary packaging.