Packaging Line Upgrades: Where Should I start?
As a Plant or Operations manager, your objectives center around plant performance. As business grows, upgrading your packaging machines can help drive greater efficiency and reduce labor costs. With the several pieces to your packaging line puzzle, you may wonder if there is an ideal and universal machine upgrade that will give you the most benefit.
Start Where It Hurts
There is no specific packaging machine that we can recommend upgrading first that is an ideal solution for every packaging line. It is completely dependent upon the application. The best way to go about this decision is to upgrade the area of your line that hurts the most. Audit your line and identify the machine that causes the most downtime, re-wraps, overtime, or repetition by the operator.
Are you Running Manually?
If you are working with manual packaging on your line, could you automate that process to increase throughput and utilize the operator in a more productive location on your floor? If you have someone manually placing items in a package, like instructions for a game, a friction feeder investment may run $10,000. This would pay for itself rather quickly on a busy packaging line.
Maybe you have an employee hand-wrapping your pallets. If you have many pallet loads to wrap each week, you could see significant savings by automating with a semi-automatic stretch wrapper.
No matter what items you are packaging, you will find the answer to your next upgrade with a comprehensive packaging line audit. Find your area of greatest opportunity, and start automating there. If you want to learn more about packaging line audits, contact a member of our team here!
About David Roberge
Part of the outstanding Industrial Packaging team. I'm lucky to hang out with some of the most knowledgeable folks in the packaging industry. I feel even luckier to be able to share our knowledge with you. I love learning about our readers and helping them grow their brand through unique, flexible package design from the birth of the product idea, through the supply chain, and to the launch and placement on the shelf or at the consumer's door.