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The Trend of Automation – What does this mean for Packaging?

By 07/05/2019 No Comments

Automated Packaging Systems’ Manager, Duncan, explores how businesses will benefit.

There has been an ever-growing fear of robots ‘taking over’ jobs and stirring apprehension around the future sustainability of the workforce. The words ‘automation’ and ‘robots’ are quite typically fiends to workers in the packaging industry where there is a high demand for its products.

Despite the panic and pressure, according to research, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) states that we should view automation as an advantage rather than a threat.

The latest robotic technologies are actually optimising the performance of the packaging industry. Automation provides companies with labour where there is a shortage of it; this keeps the business flowing with fewer mishaps.

Not only can the newer technologies assist workers, but they can also complement their skillsets, allowing for people to uptake new careers and further their professions.

So, what benefits will the packaging process achieve from integrating automation? Furthermore, what options are there for business looking to automate their workforce?

Research packaging requirements

One of the most noticeable changes business will see an increase in productivity and a continuous product output.

Automation will significantly improve product manufacture and delivery, especially in peak periods, making it far easier to meet customer demands.

In automation, there are robotic bagging machines available that improve the efficiency of your company.

However as every company will have unique specifications, it’s essential that businesses work closely with packaging manufacturers. This will ensure that you meet all of the precise requirements.

From the starting point until completion, every part of the packaging line process should be considered, including your choice of machinery, material and maintenance. Most businesses tend to see an ROI (return on investment) one year after integrating automation.

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Selecting the right machine

Semi-automated solutions are more sufficient for companies as they speed up the packaging process by up to 4x, enhancing labour availability.

Thermal transfer imprinters position themselves directly over oncoming bags, ready to load them. This enables workers to print labels directly onto the bags.

packaging automation
packaging automation

You also have your autobag bagging machines that take advantage of pre-formed bags on your roll system; they are suitable for various applications where you require high quality. If you have a complex packaging process, automation is highly recommended, especially at it will speed things up for your workforce. You can install many semi-automated machines easily. You can use such machines for industrial, technical and medical components.

Automation provides a highly flexible solution that will reduce economic impacts and improve your overall productivity. The counting and conveying processes are straightforward, the place a bulk on a load tray, and then the operator will put the products into a machine’s pocket. The conveyor drives the product to field eye detection where the belt will dispense the product into an accumulator funnel. Once all parts have been collated; they seal the products automatically while another bag remains present for loading.

Benefits outweigh the negatives

Although there’s a perception that automation would replace workers, it’s more of an opportunity to evolve and fulfil new jobs.

 

For businesses, machines will reduce human error and provide continual output without the need for breaks. Automation can also quickly fill in for an unwell worker or employees on annual leave.

 

Bringing automation into your packaging procedures also brings excitement and pushes your business in the right stop. With improved quality, repetition and accuracy, you can expect your productivity to improve significantly with the implementation of the latest packaging machines.