We are just little over half way through the year and for many operation and plant managers it’s likely you may already be thinking about what packaging requirements you might need for next year. Or, perhaps with Pack Expo right around the corner, researching what packaging equipment technologies might be appropriate for continued growth.
However, for some, budgets may be small or nonexistent, and a large capital equipment spending might not be in the cards this year – or even next year for that matter. Regardless of where you are in the planning stage, or the size of your budget, here are 9 ways to invest your dollars that are sure get a return.
Packaging plays a critical role in how businesses invest their money. Beyond the actual product, it affects everything from labor and distribution costs, to whether or not your product is purchased, to environmental impact. Overlooking certain aspects of your product and supply chain can quickly result in increased costs. When designing primary and secondary packaging, keep costs in line by avoiding these nine common mistakes:
Used and pre-owned packaging equipment, including shrink wrap machines, is a common solution for many manufacturers. When purchased correctly, used equipment can be a cost effective and quick way to meet your packaging needs. It can also be a good “foot-in-the-door” when transitioning from a manual packaging process to a semi-automatic or fully automatic process. However before signing on the dotted line, it’s important to do your homework.
No one sets out to intentionally make a mistake, but when human error occurs, it can have far-reaching consequences.
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.
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.
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?
You’ve found a need for automation in your packaging line, and you’re ready to look at new equipment. How do you go about implementing an initial “10,000-foot view” inspection to prequalify vendors for RFQ submission?
On today’s highly automated and flexible secondary packaging equipment, it’s not unusual to find several or even dozens of mechanical and electronic adjustment points to accommodate repeated product changeovers. However, on older machines and lines where new products are frequently introduced, oftentimes operators rely on their experience rather than defined settings to change over a machine from one product to another. This practice is not effective in terms of labor time spent on setting up and operating a machine, line efficiency and/or the quality of packages produced.