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5 ways packaging automation could reduce your business costs

01 Aug 2019 —
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When budgets are tight and the pressure is on to cut costs, making a significant investment decision is probably the last thing on your mind. However, there is plenty of evidence to show how careful investment in the right areas can soon reap dividends. For a packaging operation struggling to keep up with demand, or perhaps experiencing high levels of returns or waste, we explore in this article how investing in the right packaging machinery could soon get things back under control, and could even open up scope for business growth.

When budgets are tight and the pressure is on to cut costs, making a significant investment decision is probably the last thing on your mind. However, there is plenty of evidence to show how careful investment in the right areas can soon reap dividends. For a packaging operation struggling to keep up with demand, or perhaps experiencing high levels of returns or waste, we explore in this article how investing in the right packaging machinery could soon get things back under control, and could even open up scope for business growth.

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When budgets are tight and the pressure is on to cut costs, making a significant investment decision is probably the last thing on your mind. However, there is plenty of evidence to show how careful investment in the right areas can soon reap dividends. For a packaging operation struggling to keep up with demand, or perhaps experiencing high levels of returns or waste, investing in the right packaging machinery could soon get things back under control, and could even open up scope for business growth. From semi- to fully-automated, there is packaging equipment to fit every budget, every business size, and every stage of the packing process. It can help operations to become more efficient, more flexible, and better protected from fluctuations in the availability of labour – a growing concern for many businesses following Britain’s exit from the EU and the expected reduction in availability of labour. To help you weigh up if packaging automation is right for your business, the experts at Antalis Packaging have come up with five examples of how packaging machinery can help to increased efficiency and, ultimately, reduce costs:

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1. Lower storage costs

If you have lots of space allocated to the storage of packaging materials, a switch to on-demand packaging could free up a surprising amount of space that could be put to more productive use. There are on-demand packaging systems to support a variety of stages of the packing process. Machines that custom-make boxes to any size as you need them, means there is no need to keep multiple sizes of box in stock. They also means less void fill is needed. And because items in appropriately sized boxes are more secure, it makes in-transit damage less likely and reduces shipping costs. Void fill and cushioning material eats up warehouse space, so being able to create it on demand can result in significant savings in storage space and costs. As well as being able to produce paper, air and foam void fill and cushioning as and when you need it, most on-demand systems are also mobile so you can move them between packaging stations so you can produce it where you need it, too. 

2. Better pallet security

Swapping to automated stretch-wrapping can improve load containment and enhance the quality and aesthetics of the wrapped pallet. It also enables pallets to be wrapped at a much faster rate. Plus, because automated stretch-wrapping machines achieve greater yield from each roll of film than manual wrapping, it can also reduce costs and waste. Following the introduction of an automated stretch wrapping machine, one Antalis customer projected packaging cost savings over a three-year period of approximately £50,000. Read case study: Seabrook Crisps.

3. Reduced wastage

Waste, whether through using poor quality or too much packaging, or from goods arriving at their destination damaged, can cost businesses dearly. These are issues that automated packaging systems and machinery can help to address. As we discussed in points 1 and 2, packaging machinery, such as box-sizing or right-sizing, or on-demand packaging, produces packaging that is more consistent and more secure, and with a lot less waste. Read case study: UK-based DIY distribution company

4. Swifter packing times

The hand-assembly and sealing of cartons is a time consuming task. It increases the cost per pack and eats into valuable time that could be more productively spent. Automated and semi-automated case erectors, and automated tape application machines, can significantly increase the pace of the packing process. This frees up operatives to focus on other aspects of the packing process that could add more value. Mobile and with a compact footprint, these machines can be moved easily to wherever they’re needed on the packing line.

5. Improved health and safety

Manual handling is a major cause of workplace injury. 30.7 million working days were lost in the UK in 2017-18 as a result of work-related illness and workplace injury, costing the economy approximately £15 billion (source: HSE). Automated packaging solutions can help to reduce risk, but it’s also worth pointing out the importance of the proper maintenance of machinery so it doesn’t become a hazard in itself. Read case study: UK-based DIY distribution company Want to find out more about packaging automation and machinery and how it could help you to reduce costs? Contact our dedicated machinery team today to get started

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