Manufacturing companies worldwide are facing an acute shortage of skilled labor. According to research by The Manufacturing Institute, 93% of manufacturing companies struggled to find qualified applicants despite an average of 800,000 open jobs in the market. A manufacturer said they found it hard to find candidates with the skills to operate complex packaging equipment.
At a time when manufacturing companies are under immense pressure to meet customer demands, a shortage of labor can impede the company’s growth. That’s why packaging automation is so helpful.
Packaging automation helps in:
While packaging automation improves productivity and saves cost and time, it can sometimes fail to deliver the expected value. A single issue in packaging automation can delay or bring operations to a standstill.
Let’s find out why that’s the case and what manufacturing companies can do to optimize the value of packaging automation.
How To Optimize the Value of Packaging Automation
The benefits of packaging automation are numerous, but as we saw, not prioritizing preventive maintenance, using the wrong packaging automation products, or not doing a thorough cost-benefit analysis before automation can render packaging automation useless. It could also lead to productivity loss and unnecessary complexities.
Therefore, companies must define the automation’s scope, re-engineer the existing processes to incorporate automation seamlessly, and analyze the benefits of packaging automation before opting for it.
But more importantly, manufacturing companies must choose the right products to make packaging automation successful. A wrong packaging automation product that does not meet the objective, goes over budget, or is not designed for specific areas can lead the company to losses.
At NextFirst, we understand the significance of packaging automation. That’s why we have designed a fit-for-purpose product suite that improves the performance of your packaging, assembling, testing, and inspecting systems. It can improve speed and productivity without disrupting operations.
Manufacturing companies can change and configure product specifications to meet specific packaging needs for a wide range of products. For example, a case label applicator can be used to apply labels on cases for product identification and traceability. An End of Arm Tooling (EOAT) can be used to fold and form a box from a non-folded carton blank.
Contact us to know which automation tools can automate your packaging process and deliver value. We will be happy to help.