Automation is a fundamental element in any type of company, but even more so in production, where this way of working and manufacturing products can reach very high levels. If you are already in this type of business world or you manage a warehouse, you will have realize the amount of tasks to be done. Many of them, even more than you might expect, are automatable.
Indeed, it would be impossible to mention all the possible ways to automate an assembly line. Therefore, and as experts in the packaging sector, in this article we want to bring you closer to what is the automation of packaging lines or, at least, give you certain guidelines so that you can carry out this transformation in your warehouse or analyze it, in case you already have an automation implement.
In any case, we know that not only can more specific variables appear in each specific case, but that it is a very complex process, which requires a lot of skill and business experience. So, if you have any questions about how to automate your packaging line and, above all, which machines to buy for it, do not hesitate to contact us.
Now, we are going to go point by point analyzing the fundamental aspects.
Previous study of the packaging line
As always, before we go into seeing the alternatives that the market offers us and how to implement them, we must do a study on the current situation. In other words, we must ask ourselves what problem we want to solve, where are the main points of improvement, what we expect from automation and, of course, what means do we have to face the change.
Something very important that we do not want to miss is that the means available for the “revolution in automation” are not only economic, but that a process of this caliber will also require a lot of physical space. In the event that we do not have large surfaces or very spacious warehouses, it will be an extra cost when we have to expand or acquire new warehouses, but if we already have it, it will be an extra cost that we will save.
On the other hand, studies on the benefits obtain by automating will only be necessary if the company already has a packaging line that is not automate; in the event that it is going to be done from scratch, it will be impossible. And in this sense, we must always be as realistic and objective as possible: if only a few units are pack a week, we must not pretend that it will save us hours of work per day.
From here, we can already study the alternatives on the market to find out which one best suits our means and our objectives.
Processes and machinery for primary packaging
The most common primary packaging is that of cardboard packaging machines , thanks to the fact that it is a low-cost material with high benefits, which makes it the main protagonist in practically any type of company.
But these machines go much further. In fact, if you have browse the OMS Spain website, you will have been able to see the wide range of machines, not only for cardboard packaging, but also strapping machines, wrapping machines, etc.
Most of the warehouses that will benefit from an automatic packaging system work with the famous “lifting bulls” for pallets. Therefore, if you want to have good automation, it is important that you make sure that the packaging machines can also join the packages to the pallets.
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Systems for secondary packaging and other processes
Especially when the packages are of medium and small size, it is common to have secondary packaging systems that group them together (and together with pallets, if the machines are of quality and allow it). With an automate packaging line you will not have to give up these.
In fact, at OMS we have machines capable of packing one (primary) or several (secondary) products. Therefore, if you have a lot of space in your warehouse and you do not have the capital to acquire several machines, you can adapt the path of the packaging line to do both processes with the same machine.
Finally, we want to mention other processes that directly affect packaging, such as the labeling and classification of products or quality controls on the packaging itself. All of this can be automate to make the process more fluid than ever, without sacrificing quality and product customization.