As the economy continues to grow, so does the need for packaging solutions optimizing precision, speed and safety.
There are a number of processes that may be incorporated into manufacturing to increase efficiency. Once such process improvement can be found in the use of assembly lines. The precision and speed provided by assembly lines grossly outweigh human labor both in cost and accuracy.
In the same respect, the merits of utilizing packaging machines is trending upward. Just a handful of the major benefits automation can bring to the table are: precision, product and employee safety, and material, labor and cost reduction.
Because these machines are capable of making such improvements, their market is expected to see considerable growth over the coming years. The automated packaging machine market is expected to grow at a rate of 4.6 percent per year through 2017, by which time, it will be worth nearly $42 billion, according to a report by the Freedonia Group.
Much of this growth is expected to be in industries that handle potentially harmful products such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals and personal care products. One of the largest markets in the industry will be in Asia, where India and China are expected to make up 21 percent of the total by 2017.
The food and beverage industry came alongside the electronics industry to create an innovative packaging concept uniquely displaying how the packaging world can lead their products into the marketplace through strong promotional material. One of the major advantages of packaging is that it can showcase products against the competition. Think about this concept in ways such eye-catching labels, interestingly shaped containers or even the use of different materials. Innovation, however, can bring about a variety of challenges.
Produce packaging in the US is rapidly changing as technology continues to unwrap innovative options reflecting consumer convenience and product freshness. Although once a tried and true packaging method, ordinary packaging trays and boxes are being redesigned, improved on and passed into the market each day. A recent report from the research firm, the Freedonia Group, predicts that demand for produce packaging in the U.S. will reach nearly $6 billion by 2017. This growth rate is expected to outpace fresh produce production. In addition, increased nutritional awareness is expected to lead to a growth in the consumption of fruits and produce as part of a healthier lifestyle.
Pallets are one of the most convenient ways to transport a large amount of goods across the country. Their wide base can support large stacks of products ensuring ease of maneuverability and product transportation. From electronics to clothing, pallets are a commonality within nearly every warehouse.
Because of their frequency of use, there is increased room for savings when it comes to packaging. One of the most conventional methods of packaging product to pallets is by applying stretch film to the load manually. However commonly used across industries, this application may not always prove the most cost effective and/or efficient. An individual could be over zealous in his or her efforts and, in the name of security, use more film than is actually necessary to secure the pallet. Conversely, an employee could use too little film and jeopardize the safe shipment of the pallet. Further still, improper pallet wrapping could compromise the contents.
Though some might suggest that manually packaging delicate products elicits increased attention to care; that is not always necessarily the case. Manual packaging can lend itself more susceptible to accidental breakage and external factors such as the logistics of the warehouse or other unaccounted for variables.
One wine company decided to deploy a fully automated packaging solution for its operations in California, according to Food and Beverage Packaging Magazine. The project, overseen by PAS (Power Automated Systems), enabled Trinchero Family Estates to move approximately 72,000 pallets of wine throughout their facility via multiple robotic vehicles.