Sure, navigating the vast world of end-of-line packaging can be tricky at times. EndFlex is here to make things a little simpler for you.
Let’s assume that your business has already incorporated some level of primary packaging automation with weighing, bagging, or container filling.Now, you may find yourself asking, “What next?”, “Where do I go from here?” or “How do I determine exactly what I need?”
EndFlex manufactures a wide array of flexible end-of-line packaging machines.Some equipment can stand alone whereas other pieces are meant to be used in a complete system.
You may find it helpful to address the following areas before making your decision to determine where your business needs to start and what will provide the best return.
1. Where are most of my employees being allocated?
Does your small business have full time employees that are mainly tasked with erecting and sealing boxes?
How many boxes can they erect and seal in an hour? A day?
In this case, it may make sense to incorporate a single standalone case erector from our affordable Boxxer™ Series. Depending on your performance and speed requirements, we have models that can erect and bottom tape up to 30 boxes per minute.
On the contrary, if the majority of your labor costs arise from paying employees to orient, stack, and load product, then automated case packing may be where you shift your focus.
2. What processes are taking up the most time?
Identifying hurdles is a vital component when it comes to creating more strategic and efficient packaging processes. If your business encounters a bottleneck after the cases or trays are already erected and product needs to be loaded then consider our multitude of case packer solutions.
EndFlex manufactures robotic equipment that can either pick and place, drop pack, side load, bottom load, or top load your product into its master case.
3. How much floor space do I have available for new equipment?
EndFlex manufactures solutions for start-ups and small businesses that take up as little as 20 square feet and complete systems that can occupy over 500 square feet for larger-scale operations.
If your production area is already a tight squeeze, it may make sense to walk before you run. A simple PopLok® tray forming machine does not have a large footprint and can be easily mounted on casters. However, our BoxxPak™ case packing machine utilize several different pieces of equipment along with integrated conveyor systems to complete the puzzle. This will undoubtedly require more thoughtful planning and customizations.
4. How many SKUs will new machinery have to accommodate?
If you have several case or tray sizes along with many different accompanying products that are loaded, EndFlex can design a customized solution for you. The added flexibility of completely customized systems will provide convenience and efficiency; but let our team partner with yours to determine if the investment makes sense for your business.
If you’d like to dive a little deeper, give us a call or shoot us an email. We’d be happy to chat with you and help you navigate the world of end-of-line packaging machines.