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?
When designing a new packaging line or retooling an existing one, the emphasis is understandably on the major packaging functions and related capital equipment. In fact, the amount of attention paid to investigating, specifying and selecting a particular piece of machinery is roughly proportionate to the financial investment for that component relative to the overall project.
A robotic system is often a practical solution for a secondary packaging line because it addresses common packaging challenges. However, before you say you need a robot, you first need to have a clear picture of what needs to be accomplished on your packaging line. Watch the video to learn more.
Normally, a packaging machine is designed to meet certain base requirements and performance standards. Beyond that, there’s an endless array of customization available to meet individual manufacturer’s wants and wishes. While it’s certainly commonplace to add some customization to the base machine design to best fit a particular application, the question is when does customization go too far?
Not all bundles are created equal, and that simple fact raises many questions: How do you know your packaging design will provide the proper support for your product needs? When is adding more materials only adding cost, rather than value? How can you properly implement a package performance test to ensure you’re producing a consistent, high-performing package? What should you look for in evaluating equipment manufacturers?
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.
What if your packaging equipment is actually costing you money instead of saving you money? While modern technologies have continued to improve packaging processes across all industries, there are some basic principles you need to adhere to. Taking a step back to analyze these basic packaging decisions will ensure that you’re not making mistakes that result in wasted money.
In the personal care industry, it’s common to have multiple bottle sizes and products run on an individual line, which has a significant impact on new packaging equipment design. Although it’s understandable to want packaging equipment to handle anything and everything, real world experience proves there are some limits. Equipment manufacturers need to know exactly what they’re working with, namely the size ranges and the setups required to handle each product.
Consumer packaged goods (CPG) producers manufacture and operate in a dynamic and competitive marketplace, so finding the most efficient production processes is required to maintain a competitive edge. In the personal care industry, that means replacing the two machines traditionally used to shrink bundle and case pack products with one machine: an Integrated Shrink Bundler and Robotic Case Packer Combo.
Packaging efficiency refers to a machine’s ability to accomplish a goal and minimize excess time and effort. Inefficient packaging machines can delay product distribution, and thereby directly affect profitability due to production cost increases.
While multiple factors can contribute to machine inefficiencies, here are three of the most common issues and how you can fix them.