Why Invest in Automated Packaging?
The use of automated packaging machinery is becoming more and more common as technology continues to progress. Though the industry is growing, some companies find themselves questioning the use of automated machines on the assembly line. What advantages do automated machines have over traditional workers? Automated machines come with a great deal of advantages over traditional packaging means. They are able to produce packages more efficiently in nearly every way. Without human error, automated machines are able to produce more packages than an average employee, and with far more accuracy than is humanly possible. Though automated packaging machinery can provide a large number of benefits, your operation will only improve depending on which machine you opt to purchase. There are many machines with different purposes. Some of the most commonly used machines are listed below.
Pallet wrappers do exactly as their name implies, they wrap packaged pallets to prepare them for bulk shipping. Typically, wrapping a pallet may be a multi-person, fairly tedious task that would take a bit of time, even for experienced workers. A pallet wrapper however will wrap pallets exactly the same way every time, all while making very few to no mistakes. Because this machine also requires very little assistance from human employees, it is able to complete its job with ease. This is only one of many pieces of automated machinery that save time and money.
Case erectors are used to create boxes to put products in. A packaging operation without a case erector would run very slowly compared to one with a case erector. A case erector eliminates the need for having workers spend hours and hours erecting packages when they could be performing different jobs. It also, like all of these other machines, eliminates the possibility of human error, which is very important for saving company resources in the long run. Every box that is mistakenly put together by a worker will cost the company, even if just a little. A case erector eliminates this extra cost. Though it’s a simple task, a case erector could save a packaging operation tons of time and money.
Sealers come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and they can be specialized to meet particular packaging needs. However, they provide an important labor in any given packaging operation. Sealers are the machines that seal off any filled packages. Any time a box is filled with a given product, a sealer will be used to seal it shut, thus preparing it for shipping. Automating the sealing process is something that may not seem that important, but when it comes to large-scale products, or high-volume output warehouses, then sealers can save a lot of time and money. A simple but important job.
Filling machines are pieces of automated machinery that are used to fill containers. Basically, this machine is used to pour the right amount of liquid, or a material that is gel-like, into a given container each time it is used. It will pour a consistent amount of liquid into each container, ensuring that your products are all packaged equally. Though this product sees the most use in the food and beverage industry, there are other instances where this machine can be used in a handful of other industries.
Shrink tunnels are used to seal shrink wrap onto a given product. Basically, a product wrapped in loose shrink wrap will be fed through this machine to ensure that it properly clings to a given product. This machine is important for ensuring that your packages remain safe, and secure when being transported to a customer. Making sure products arrive to your customers is important, and this machine will add to the success rate of your products staying together in transit.
Accumulators account for a fairly niche job in a packaging operation. They typically are at the end of a packaging operation, and are a space where finished, packaged products can be placed, where they will then be rotated, while awaiting to be packaged for shipping. Accumulators can come in all different forms, and some of them do extra jobs. However, these machines are primarily for conserving space in a warehouse. Accumulators perform a job that may seem small but can really make a difference in a very busy space.
Conveyors, and conveyor belts have been in use for a long time, and they’ve only improved since their conception. A conveyor that is being operated by skillful workers can ramp up production to extremely high levels. Conveyors allow for products to be streamlined to a shipping location while being worked on and packaged along the way. These machines have been essential in fast-paced packaging operations for years. With a good conveyor line in place any packaging operation can run much faster than it can without it.
Labeler machines are used to put labels on products, or packages. Whether it’s labels on a food or beverage product, or its shipping labels, a labeler can provide a number of services to a packaging operation, and just like every other machine, save time and money. Labels will always be put on straight and centered when done with a labeler. Also, shipping labels will be printed and placed properly to ensure that the shipping process goes over a little easier. A labeler can bring a lot of efficiency to a packaging operation.
Capping machines are used in packaging operations that involve products that need to be capped after being packaged. This can refer to bottled items, or other products that require caps. Though this machine is a little more niche than some of the other ones on this list, if you do have a business that deals in the food and beverage industry, then a capping machine may be a worthy investment. A capping machine will put caps on tightly and securely to ensure that they don’t become loose during transit. It’s also much faster than usual which can increase efficiency and decrease labor cost.
A lidding machine does the same thing as a capping machine except for products that require lids. Used broadly in the temperature control industry, it can also be used in a wide variety of circumstances. Even as a niche product, this machine can still provide a lot of value to any operation that needs to put large quantities of lids on their products. A lidding machine can save an operation a lot of time and money as well.
Why Partner with Morrisette for Package Automation?
As you can see, packaging automation is extremely important for running a successful business in the modern age. Automated machines provide a more efficient output of packaged products that are unmatched by a traditional workforce. However, it is important to find a reliable company to help you set up an automated packaging operation for your own business.
At Morrisette, we are committed to helping you find what you need to bring your packaging operation up to speed. Not only do we have a large stock of automated machinery, but we also provide a service that will establish where exactly your operation needs help the most. With our in-house team of engineers and automation experts, we welcome the opportunity to talk with you about how to make your supply chain more efficient and cost effective. We can help you decide which machines will help you the most and develop a plan to implement them into your operation.
We pride ourselves on our ability to provide open and honest communication throughout the entire process.
If you’re in need of automated packaging machinery, contact us today.