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11.05.2021, 00:35

Packaging Automation and The Food Industry

The global food packaging industry is becoming a key benefactor of the migration of automation technology and innovation.

 

Although many business are struggling from the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic, the food processing industry appears to be bucking the general trend with many manufacturers reporting drastic increases in demand as people have stayed at home and purchased and consumed more food.

 

A survey conducted by the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies looking into why automation is increasing in food processing and packaging reported that 94% of food packing operators are using automation packaging machines. With such staggering numbers already using packaging automation in their process, that will only continue to rise, it shows how valuable using automated packaging machines in the food industry can be for a business. Here is a selection of reasons why packaging automation for businesses in the food industry is important.

 

Little Room For Error

Human error is inevitable. When it comes to packaging products, the smallest error can halt an entire production, wasting produce, delaying the completion of an order, and costing the business greatly. This risk is incredibly prevalent within the food industry.

 

Switching to using automated packaging machines to automate the packaging line can drastically reduce the risk of human error in the process. Cleanliness and the safety of the product are incredibly important during the packaging process. Using automated packaging machines can create a much cleaner and safer process. One that will benefit the consumer, whilst reducing all unnecessary risks a business must take during the packaging process.

 

Range Of Automated Packaging And Sealing Machines Available

Automatic sealing machines have gained popularity over the years, with businesses noticing an increase in sale thanks to the convenience and ease it provides. Simple to use and offers an exceptional quality finished product, automatic sealing machines can make a product visually appealing, whilst enhancing its functionality and utility.

 

With packaging items, fortunately, there are packaging machine manufacturers, like BluePrint Automation, who offer clients a variety of solutions. The vast range of options available, from industrial packaging machines to automatic cartoning machines, means that businesses can find a solution that will be the most beneficial to their company and their operation.


Reduce Costs And Saves Time

It comes as no surprise that replacing manual functions with automated machines will reduce the labor costs of a business. For example, manually sealing a product can cause waste, whereas with an automated machine only the exact amount of material is used. This saves the business cost in materials and helps in reducing their carbon footprint. With many consumers becoming increasingly conscious of their purchasing choices and how they could impact the environment, they look for businesses who are doing all they can in the fight against climate change. If a business can show that they are trying to reduce their carbon footprint, they will more likely be chosen to partner with potential clients.

 

In the packaging process, one of the most time-consuming steps is taping and sealing boxes. The reason for this might be because the stakes are high, as the production worker needs to ensure that the package has been taped properly. Otherwise, a badly sealed package has a higher chance of being damaged or spoiled – which will cost the business in replacing and loss of trust with the client.


Improves Health And Safety

Manual tasks are a major cause of injury in the workplace. One of the most common workplace injuries for manufacturing businesses is sprains, strains and tears, which can be caused by the repetitive actions an employee does when packaging boxes. Switching to automated packaging machines eliminates the unnecessary stress on an employee’s body.

 

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