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 (through 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.