Automated Packaging System Mistakes to Avoid
As the demand for a product increases, so does the need to increase production levels. While manufacturers need to keep up with these increasing demands, they also need to do it in a cost effective way. Many are implementing automated functions in packaging to meet this increasing demand. When it comes to automating your packaging system, these are the four mistakes you will want to avoid.
Not Understanding the Facility’s Capabilities
Every packaging facility is different. With its own unique capabilities, it is important to factor in your facility’s equipment, functions, processes, and employees. If you do not understand your facility’s capacity for packaging, you may end up with an automated process that does not do what you need it to do. This could result in wasted time, energy, and money. It’s best to consider your facility first, noting the areas where automation would be useful, before implementing an automated process for your supply chain.
Not Understanding the Capabilities of the Automations
Besides understanding the capabilities of the facility itself, you should familiarize yourself with the capabilities of the automations. Automated processes, as much as we’d like them to be, are not an instant fix for all of your problems. Different automations will serve different purposes and aid you in different aspects of your packaging process. To understand how automations can help you, you will need to first understand the needs of your organization. Once you understand your own needs, you will be better equipped to implement the right automated process.
Not Looking at the Bigger Picture
When it comes to automation, many are hesitant to implement them because of the initial cost. It is a common misconception that automation is too costly. However, when you zoom out and look at the big picture, automations can actually save you a lot of money. Automations cut down on inefficiencies and errors throughout the packaging process. While there may be initial upfront costs, the pay off in the long run is quite significant.
Not Maintaining your Automated Functions
Automated processes require maintenance to ensure they are running smoothly. It can be tempting to simply plug in your automation and walk away, but there should be a dedicated and knowledgeable person or team (depending on the size of your operation) who monitors the effectiveness of your automated process. That way, if an error occurs, it is quickly addressed.
Automation may seem like a daunting task for your packaging process, but it does not have to be. Group O offers packaging optimization services so that you get the most out of your packaging automation. Group O’s experts perform a SMART Audit to determine key cost savings opportunities. This comprehensive packaging operation audit will help us understand your current capabilities and future goals. Then, we develop an optimization strategy for your operation. We also provide routine maintenance on automated systems to ensure your automations are functioning properly.
To learn more about Group O’s packaging optimization and to get started on your own SMART Audit, visit our website or give us a call at 866-476-8761.