Over the past year, we’ve all seen a massive increase in the demand for cardboard based packaging products, both from a rise in E-commerce’s share of the market and a heavier use of packaging services as consumers shopped online due to Covid-19. Now cardboard prices are skyrocketing and with a more ecologically minded industry base, there’s a greater focus on identifying environmentally friendly packaging materials, both to help weather the storm of market fluctuations and to get on the right path for a sustainable future. For all of these changes in the marketplace, we’re here to show you how Wayne Automation’s full line of cardboard box case erectors is ready to help assemble an ecological future for the packaging industry.
Traditional cardboard is derived from 42 pound Kraft linerboard, and forms the basis for the vast majority of Regular Slotted Container (RSC) style boxes we interact with on a daily basis. Per the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), demand for cardboard rose 3.4% year over year, totaling 407 billion square feet of corrugated cardboard product. Combine this with the vast increase in online shopping which arose due to Covid-19 lockdowns and the already rising prices of lumber, and the cardboard market underwent a commensurate rise; almost 9% growth in March over the previous year, per the Philadelphia Inquirer . The WSJ quotes consumers of cardboard packaging as paying 22% more than in previous years, and such a rapid cost inflation has begun prompting a new view on packaging options.
Already the market had been seriously considering the viability of eco-friendly materials for environmental reasons, but the past year demonstrated an economic justification as well, given the immense demand for raw materials. Recycled cardboard alternatives provide a new source of packaging material independent of the existing supply chains, and oftentimes at an economical price, too.
Whether the future of your industry is in traditional Kraft corrugated cardboard or a newer alternative, be it recycled or otherwise, Wayne Automation has the cardboard box case erectors to meet your needs. Our case erectors are widely considered among the most reliable on the market. Designed for 24/7 production and shipping facilities, we strive to maximize speed, productivity and safety across our entire product line.
For fully automated changeover, say for a production line which might alternate between traditional corrugated cardboard and high recycled content depending on customer, the WLRV-CE Case Erector is designed for fully automated changeover, and stands as the only case erector on the market which can handle every size between 6” x 6” x 4” up through 24.5” x 20” x 18”.
You shouldn’t need to be worried about the change to environmentally friendly options affecting your packaging automation throughput, and Wayne Automation offers a high speed option to meet this need. The VCE Case Erector has a speed of 75 Cases Per Minute (CPE) and ensures reliably formed boxes through internal and external compression mandrels, meaning one less thing to worry about when considering alternative options to newly manufactured cardboard.
We’re proud to offer case erectors for every other combination of needs, including compact footprint and servo enhanced versatility, and this extends to specialty applications too. Eco friendly and biodegradable materials are becoming more common in niche packaging, and we have multiple models of case erectors for specialty use cases, the CE-24/30 Case Erector for jumbo cases with interlocking bottoms, and a full line of Tablock Case Erectors too.
If you want to get a head start on the competition and begin the changeover to eco-friendly materials, or just see the value in our top of the line cardboard box case erectors, contact us so we can see what Waynne Automation can offer your business!
The Best-Kept Secret in Manufacturing
The technological leaps we’ve seen in the past decade have made manufacturing automation not just a feasible option, but the best one. In most cases, automation is now cheaper than human workers. However, while manufacturing automation is seeing astonishing yearly growth, packaging automation isn’t quite keeping up, despite incredible benefits. This is a massive oversight for the manufacturing industry, but we can give you the facts. Here is why every manufacturing business should include automated box packaging machines in its end-of-line process.
Automated Box Packaging Delivers on Every Level
1. An Unbelievable Boost in Efficiency
Automated packaging systems essentially offer every process engineer’s dream; saving money while increasing output. Even better, they begin showing results from the moment they go into operation. Box packaging automation has such an impressive ROI that manufacturers routinely see these machines paying for themselves in just one year.
Additionally, end of line packaging machines also have benefits that can’t necessarily be calculated in raw numbers. By freeing up employees from the repetitive tasks in packaging, you can apply that brainpower elsewhere. Automation allows our business to maximize the value of your investments, both mechanical and human.
2. Packaging Automation is the Green Move
More and more, customers are driven to buy from environmentally friendly brands. However, they don’t want to pay a premium. Automated box packaging systems give you the best of both worlds, cutting your carbon footprint even while you cut costs. The incredible precision of automation means wasted packaging products are a thing of the past.
While human workers make mistakes that waste material, overuse tape and packaging, or even require scrapping whole cases, box packaging systems use just the right amount every time. This means less needless waste in landfills, and also reduces the amount of packaging material you need to buy. Saving money while saving the environment? It’s the obvious choice.
3. Take Control of Your Risk
Successful automation requires one thing above all else, and that is consistency. That means not only having a repeatable process, but also defending against unforeseen circumstances. If a packaging employee calls in sick, that could put you dangerously behind. And even then, a slip-up on packaging can mean lost product and damaged relationships with your clients.
Automated packaging machines decrease that risk, and add that extra degree of certainty to your process. Unscheduled sick days become scheduled maintenance, giving you more flexibility to plan for the future of your business.
4. Wins for Employee Health and Well-Being
By now, we’ve well covered the cost-saving benefits of packaging automation from the day-to-day operations side, but there’s still more benefit to be had. The repetitive movements of packaging can be physically demanding and even hazardous to your workers, especially when you have productivity quotas to hit. This risks sick days and workers comp.
Automated box packaging makes a safer, less strenuous environment for workers, allowing your most experienced staff to be happy and productive for longer. By implementing these end-of-line solutions, you stand to change your whole business for the better.
5. It Pays to Look Professional
Which do you think inspires more confidence in your clients: Lopsided, uneven, and incongruous boxes or exact, clean, and consistent packaging? It’s not even a question. Looks say a lot about your business, and automated box packaging systems offer that enhanced presentation that inspires consumer confidence. It’s one of those little details that can elevate you above the competition, and keep your clients not only coming back, but expanding your brand through word of mouth.
Make the Difference for Your Process Today
The best part of all this is that any manufacturer can see immediate results. No matter the industry, everywhere there’s manufacturing automation, automated box packaging can provide amazing benefits. Wayne Automation offers modular, customizable, and smart machines to perfectly fit your needs. To learn more about how our products can work for your custom manufacturing process, contact us today.
How Automation Accelerates Your Business
With COVID vastly accelerating the market for delivered goods, many companies need to ramp up production to move products and fulfill orders. We all remember the empty shelves and shortages on toilet paper and hand sanitizer last year. But the squeeze on distributors isn’t limited to these especially dramatic examples. Everywhere, businesses are realizing the need for new solutions to get their product out the door and into the hands of customers faster, and more efficiently. The question: How do we do this? Our answer: end of line packaging automation.
The fact is, even an incredibly efficient, fully-automated production process will be severely limited if that same level of infrastructure is not applied all the way through. Traditionally, human workers have been used for this task, but there are obvious drawbacks. People get tired throughout the day, packaging workstations take up space, and sometimes compromises need to be made between accuracy and efficiency. But with end of line packaging automation, you don’t have to worry about these issues.
The Right Machines for Your Custom Application
Case erectors take folded units and assemble them. This vastly increases the capacity of any manufacturing operation, as it minimizes the space and time necessary to get cases ready for packaging. Different models can assemble between 15 and 75 cases per minute depending on the machine. Different levels of automated changeover are available with different models, so you can select the most efficient machine for your application.
No matter the product, case erectors provide a massive efficiency boost through end of line automation. Household goods, food products, and toiletry manufacturers alike will see amazing returns from freeing up manpower, and reducing your space requirements. Especially now, the manufacturing world is feeling the squeeze to produce and ship faster, and we have the solution.
Covid has made items like bottles of hand sanitizer precious commodities, and inserters allow maximum efficiency and product security when shipping out units, offering superior protection from product-to-product contact. Working in cooperation with case erectors, partition inserters make it easy to quickly package multiple units securely within a single case. These machines never flip open or drop inserters into boxes either, maintaining a high level of precision and care throughout the process.
Additionally, with 40 different designs for inserter partitions, there’s no packaging process out of reach. When choosing machines for your end of line process, you can be confident the right inserter automation is there for you. And as an added bonus, they also contribute substantially to the overall package strength required for warehousing and last-mile logistics delivery.
Another simple process to automate with end-of-line packaging machinery is case sealing. With the ability to use either hot-melt glue or tape, some configurations can put through as many as 80 cases per minute. Servo-controlled flap folding also ensures a clean, consistent appearance for every case. When getting a finished product out the door is a pain point, we have the solutions to make preparation for shipping a seamless part of the production line.
What good is a case without your product? No good at all. Tray packers bridge the gap between the manufacturing and packaging systems for your product. These machines offer a huge range of packaging configurations as well. Wraparound cases, tray packs with lids, and case packs are all available with or without partitions. From baby food and flower boxes to carpet tiles and oil filters, our modular design components ensure your process is capable of meeting your cost and schedule requirements.
As we already mentioned, human workers (though no fault of their own) can be clumsy, inconsistent, and fatigue over time. When your end of line process requires gentle and consistent handling of cases or products, inverters are here. Say that due to an unusual design, a case needs to be loaded upside down, or that a specific product needs to be packaged upside down for transport.
For instance, food products with excess liquid such as cottage cheese are packaged upside down to prevent liquid from pooling at the top. Inverters ensure that every unit avoids undue jostling and damage during the process. This is possible through a ‘soft touch’ system that ensures the case never leaves contact with the conveyor belt. And, like all end of line products, easily swapped parts make changeovers quick and easy.
For Your End of Line Packaging Process, Choose Wayne Automation
At Wayne Automation, we provide a wide range of packaging automation services to provide the highest level of efficiency throughout your entire process. Of course, the first step in creating an effective automated system is selecting the necessary machines for the job. To get a quote on Wayne Automation end of line packaging machines, contact us today.
Wayne Automation is pleased to partner with Rockwell Automation in the deployment of Emulate3D to support dynamic digital twin development and controls simulation. This tool provides the Wayne Automation engineering team with a unique capability to fully model our equipment designs in a physics-based environment and complete our controls testing validation ahead of production. Validating the synthesis of mechanical design and controls testing in a fully digital environment allows us to provide our equipment solutions in less time and at less cost.
“Emulate3D gives us a platform to demonstrate to our customers and integration partners Wayne equipment operating to the requirements in the early stages of a project retiring execution risk” says Jay Bachman, Wayne Automation Vice President & General Manager. “This is one more way Wayne Automation works to innovate our equipment and provide performance and reliability to our customers.”
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