Regardless of the product, the value of high-quality packaging is indisputable. Proper packaging offers better brand recognition and aesthetic appeal for consumers than inconsistent or low-quality packaging. Reliable packaging also provides better protection of products during transit and storage.
Automating the packaging process ensures that the packaging process remains efficient and consistent during production. When considering costs, keep in mind that an automated system offers numerous benefits to your production line and will pay off in value in a very short time.
If you are on the fence about automated packaging systems, we have compiled this list of benefits provided through optimizing your packaging process through automation.
Efficiency is the bread-and-butter of an automated packaging system. Whereas human operators are limited in the amount of work that can be completed in a specific time, an automated system works faster and for longer shifts without interruptions. Automated systems increase product throughput by combining multiple manual steps into a single task. For instance, automation solutions can carefully seal and label a product simultaneously, which would take a workforce more time and effort. By streamlining these packaging processes, companies can free up their workers to focus on more complex, higher level tasks.
Automated packaging systems also boost efficiency by providing a consistent output rate. Employees may get tired after several hours of repetitive tasks or experience occasional off days where efficiency is lower than average. Automated systems continue producing at a consistent rate, mitigating some of the common challenges that impact day-to-day efficiency.
Automating your packaging system can make your operations exponentially safer and significantly improve ergonomics. Automated packaging systems mitigate the need for an employee presence on the production floor, where accidents are more likely to occur. Through automation, your staff can control the packaging process from a distance, away from the potential hazards of machinery.
Injuries result in costly insurance and compensation payments, as well as production delays. Automating your packaging system decreases the risks your workers face on the job. In industrial applications such as manufacturing, distribution, and packaging, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are among the top injuries workers face, often due to performing repetitive tasks for hours at a time. Musculoskeletal injuries account for a third of “days-away-from-work cases,” according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Automation solutions handle repetitive tasks that lead to stress injuries, helping to lower the risk of employee injuries over time significantly.
3. Quality Control
Through automation, consistent, high-quality packaging is much easier to achieve than it is by hand. Machines can repeatedly package products precisely every time, including clean and accurate labeling, identical folds and cuts, and more.
As technology advances, the quality checking capabilities of automated packaging systems have skyrocketed. Quality assurance once required visual and tactile verification to ensure quality and consistency. With these methods, improperly packaged products often get missed during the quality assurance process. In the very rare event that the automated system produces a packaging error, the package can be automatically removed from the line for correction without the need for operator input. This improved inspection capability ensures that only correctly packaged goods leave the packaging line.
4. Lower Labor Costs
Most industrial verticals face an ongoing labor shortage, which forces excess spending on recruitment and retention initiatives. An automated packaging system helps to optimize existing labor and will also reduce the need for extensive overtime. While the initial investment may seem intimidating, an automated packaging system will pay for itself over time in productivity gains and streamlined labor costs.
Automated Packaging From TPC Packaging Solutions
TPC Packaging Solutions offers innovative automation solutions for even the most unique problems and scenarios, streamlining and optimizing the packaging process.
For over 50 years, TPC Packaging Solutions has worked with companies and products in nearly every industry. If you’re ready to find an automated packaging solution optimized to fit your specific needs and requirements, contact us today.