By Jason Bennett
Hand-packing will only get you so far.
As companies grow and production rates rise, automation becomes an attractive option for their end-of-line packaging. Even for those who have previously automated their lines for existing applications, if factors dictate that more speed is required, it’s probably time to reevaluate their case packing machinery.
It’s scenarios like these where Brenton excels. We know the challenges that the past year has brought to everyone; we see it every day. While some industries have slowed, many have seen a tremendous uptick in business…and that’s great for them. However, the test is being able to properly ramp up and meet that increase in production.
Our philosophy in partnering with customers is one that examines their entire packaging line from start to finish, and recommend the best solution to exceed their goals. Of course, no two packing applications are the same. Even the smallest variations in product, case size, speed etc., can make a sizeable difference in the overall solution. That’s why we study every product and analyze its orientation as it arrives to the case packer, and recommend a packaging system for that specific application. There’s really no other way to approach projects than this way. You can’t have a cookie-cutter mentality toward secondary packaging. It just doesn’t work.
But don’t connect custom solution with expensive. Rather, it’s looking at all the parameters of your specific application, such as what is the primary package? What kind of case is it going in – is it a display, knockdown or wraparound case? What kind of speed are you looking to achieve? It’s parameters like these and many others that all need to be taken into account in developing your next case wrapper.
And this approach has served our customers well through the years. We have more than 600 traditional case packers and 2,000+ robotic case packing installations around the world. Whether its continuous motion, side-load or top-load design, our case packers have proven to be reliable, integral components of secondary packaging systems for food and beverage, household products, personal care, pharma and medical device and many other industries.
Another reason attributing to our customers’ success is our factory acceptance testing (FAT) procedures. We’re able to set up their full production line in our facility and demonstrate the packing capabilities they’re going to see in their location. FATs speed up the start-up process by working out any issues that arise. All this together really works to our customers’ advantage.
When hand-packing will only get you so far – we can take you the rest of the way!
Jason Bennett is a regional sales manager for Brenton. Connect with him!