Automated packaging has become tremendously popular. That’s because of the plenty of benefits it offers to businesses regardless of their size. Automated packaging of products can mean various things to different people and the industry they are in. For some people, it may mean the packaging of food into containers, or liquids into bottles. On the other hand, it may mean binding together and wrap of large sheets of material. Automated packaging systems are also very diverse, and often have to be tailor-made to meet each company’s requirements.
If you are a business owner and you haven’t already implemented automated packaging, you are missing out on a lot of benefits and growth opportunities for your business. Here are some of the benefits of automated packaging.
- Increased sales
One of the top benefits of automated packaging is that it can help increase sales significantly. Although there is the initial implementation of an automated packaging system that requires significant capital, it is just a one-time investment. Compared to staffing costs, production speed, RSI claims, and product defects, automation is still better. Introducing automated packaging can result in a reduced product cost and the ability to produce more products, creating more products for sales, leading to increased profit.
- Improved production speed
As mentioned above, automated packaging can lead to improved production speed. Usually, with the manual packaging process, the machine producing the product is not able to run at full capacity because it is not able to keep with this level of output, leading to low production speed. But the automated packaging is able to run at full capacity, thereby improving your production speed.
- It makes up for employee and labor shortages
Of late, many warehouses and distribution centers have been dealing with labor shortages. This could be as a result of younger employees showing a lack of interest in labor-intensive jobs and opting for technology-focused office jobs instead. The unfortunate part is that manual labor is shrinking and consumer demands keep on shooting. This means that employees of a company have to work more than they should to meet customers’ demands. This, in the end, may compromise both the quality and efficiency of the products. Thankfully, an automated packaging system can make up for employee shortage, hence not affecting production in any way.
- Reduces the risk of injury
In the manufacturing and packaging industry, it is very common for employees to perform a highly repetitive task, making it very common for them to suffer from work-related musculoskeletal disorders [MSDs], also referred to as ergonomic injuries. These types of injuries are pretty common in the manufacturing and construction industries.
As a business owner, by reducing the amount of these repetitive tasks, you can significantly reduce the risk of ergonomic injuries. The best way you can achieve that is by introducing an automated packaging system. The system will perform all the repetitive tasks, hence increasing productivity and lowering workers’ risk of injury.
- It reduces wastage massively
Another incredible benefit of automated packaging is that it can significantly reduce wastage. With the push for use of environmentally-friendly products, it makes sense to have that environmentally-conscious mindset. Automated packaging equipment uses fixed amounts of material to get you the most out of your money. These machines generally cut products to the appropriate size, erect the same size of boxes you want, and seal them with the right amount of adhesive or tape. This means that there is no room for wastage. With a reduction in wastage, your company will save a significant amount of money- money that can be used in other areas of the business to promote growth.
- High-quality packaging
Automated packaging not only led to improved production speed but is also produces high-quality packaging. These machines are less likely to make mistakes, which is very common with manual systems or with humans. These machines can also identify a mistake early before they become detrimental. This leads to highly consistent and quality packaging.
- Employees can get time to focus on other core activities of the business
With packaging well taken care of by an automated packaging system, employees can give their full attention to other core activities of the business, such as production, sales, etc. This leads to a smooth operation of the business as well as an increase in profits.
Automated packaging is one of the best things that have ever happened across various industries. It offers plenty of benefits that business owners can’t afford to miss if they want their businesses to grow and thrive. So if you have not implemented an automated packaging system, this is the time to do so.