At the end of any production line, the products need to be packed ready for transport. End-of-line packaging refers to all the machinery and equipment at the end of your production line that is used to pack your products, before their final transport. This may include equipment such as tray sealers, crate erectors, dolly loaders, case packers, bale arm folders and palletizers.
After all individual packages have been made, the next step is to get the products into the desired box or crate. How to handle this part of your process? Manual labour is an option. However, you’ll gain a lot of benefits from an automated packaging line. We have listed 3 benefits for you.
The consumer demand keeps growing. By automating your packaging line you will be able to produce and pack your products in higher volumes. Also, due to less manual labour, the efficiency of your packaging line improves because machines are more precise and can guarantee a predictable output. Thus making it easier to keep up with the demand and getting the most out of your square metres.
When you automate your packaging line, less employees are needed to keep the line running smoothly. Time to relocate your experienced employees in a smart way!
Investing in the automation of your end-of-line packaging drives the growth of your company even further. That means new tasks and positions may be available. Make sure you use the potential of your employees to the fullest, and try to position them in the company where they can add even more value to the process.
Heavy manual labour, such as stacking crates and boxes, will sooner or later take its toll on the human body. In fact, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find personnel for this type of work. Work-related ergonomic injuries are most common in manufacturing and packaging operations, where workers have to perform hours and hours of repetitive movements. To improve the ergonomics of your workplace, it is necessary to eliminate unnecessarily heavy manual work. Investing in the automation of your packaging line is a solution: better for your employees, and better for your company.
End-of-line packaging is all about automating the end of your production line, usually by integrating case packers and palletisers. There are also plenty of options to upgrade your packaging line even further, like crate (de)stackers, bale arm folders and crate erectors.
Let’s look at the different processes and how automation can increase the efficiency of your packaging line:
By integrating weighing equipment, vision inspection systems or barcode scanners, we contribute to an improved food safety in the entire production chain. If a product does not meet the set parameters prior to entering the case packer, we can automatically remove it from the production line. This way, deviating products won’t go to the supermarket.
A flexible industrial robot is the centre of our case packer which loads the products at high speed and with careful positioning into crates or boxes. No manual labour is involved during this step.
Automated gripper changes when switching between product programs (different product types or carriers) is included.
The last step concerns the automation of the most physically demanding activities: stacking full boxes and crates onto a pallet. Our palletising solutions have the advantage of a very limited footprint (from 8m2) and high flexibility: they can easily be expanded and adapted if the situation changes.