Fragile Packaging: Balancing safety with performance

Customer satisfaction contingent on effective product packaging.

The packaging and distribution of a product can manifest itself in a number of different forms depending on the industry. For example, the packaging specifications of a glass vase – fragile and rarely shipped in bulk, versus a pallet of socks – will undoubtedly vary in best practices. Regardless of their differences, both can benefit from the efficiencies afforded through automated packaging.

The key to strong business development is a happy and satisfied customer. Customer satisfaction is contingent on the timely arrival of a product that is both intact and fully functional.

Fragile packaging moves forward with large-scale automation

encouraging package redesigns, building time-tested foundations on logos and diving into sustainable and health-conscious packaging. It is meeting consumer demand.

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. The sheer volume of product both moved and stored speaks volumes to the subsequent efficiency to be lost – even within fragile packaging – without fully exploring packaging automation alternatives.

Fragile packaging void fill expansion

Such packaging developments are not limited to just the food and beverage industry. In fact, any company dealing with fragile packaging projects stand to benefit from the efficiencies of mechanical alternatives.

One alternative to void fill packaging growing in popularity is the IntelliPack foam-in-place machine. IntelliPack employs the combination of two liquid foams into a high-density bag or film. When the two chemicals are mixed, the resulting foam combination quickly expands to fill any void surrounding the product being packaged, creating a custom fitted protective packaging alternative.

Foam-in-place is a trusted packaging technology offering the following benefits:

  • Highest degree of product protection available – ideal for fragile packaging
  • Work simpler and smarter for maximum productivity
  • Reduced or elimination of damage expense
  • Maximized space and cost efficiency
  • Increased consumer confidence
  • Simply because a product requires a fragile packaging solution does not mean that there are limited options when it comes to ensuring its safe arrival to the customer. In fact, a careful examination of the available options reveals that advances in automated packaging solutions are making strong improvements for products that are of this nature.  Be it a bottle of wine or a piece of heavy machinery, these developments are providing strong effective results for companies.


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