We are all being asked to do more with less and taking time to review existing operations and processes is the perfect place to start. It maybe just the opportunity to apply new thinking or seek advice in simplifying and streamlining work flow and logistics in the warehouse, gaining greater control and enhanced efficiencies. So if maximising productivity, remaining competitive and creating an agile, responsive packaging operation is important to you for 2019, then being able to automate your packaging process may be the key to not only lowering costs but also a way to introduce safer and leaner working conditions.
Lean Green Clean
Increasing productivity as well as reducing costs are most certainly your key drivers but your end users and customers will also be interested in your process from an environmental aspect. Automating your process still supports you in making those necessary environmental changes in terms of the materials you use for your protective packaging. We supply a number of options for void filling which are all either recyclable by the end user or made from sustainable sources. We also supply machinery that allows you to create your own void filling from card. Whether you require automation for box erection at the start of the process or with strapping and securing prior to despatch, we have an automated solution for you.
Create Protect Secure – Automate
At Acopia – we supply machinery for every step of the process and all equipment is equally at home in a manual packaging setting or integrated as part of a fully automated process. We can identify where to make the optimal changes to your process to yield the greatest results. Experts in packaging and procedure for over 40 years, we work with many clients on process improvement and delivering greater returns on investment. Each setting is unique and the amount of automation needed is different. We don’t adopt a one size fits all approach – we analyse every aspect and suggest change where we know it will make a real difference.
If you would like to know more, please get in touch. Let us know about your current challenges, bottlenecks and headaches and we can help you to achieve effortless automation for your packing line.
As the final quarter of a challenging year approaches, reducing business costs and delivering greater efficiencies in your warehouse will no doubt be high on your list of resolutions for 2019. Did you know that a simple product change to your existing despatch and logistics operation can yield staggering savings both in productivity and cost. The answer lies with e-tape! The humble reel of adhesive tape has been re-imagined and transformed to deliver real business benefits.
How e-tape can work for your business
The clever bit is in the revolutionary redesign of the size of the core. So simple, yet this change has the power to transform the bottom line.
In a recent study, a packing line was observed using standard tape, 66 mm rolls fitted on a core size of 75 mm. Each operator would replace the tape every 39 boxes, on average. What this meant was every 16 minutes, the roll needed to be changed. That’s a great deal of down time over every day, every week, all year – it all added up.
When e-tape was introduced to this company, the results were startling. The clever core design of 50 mm came into its own. With an increased length of tape on each role due to the smaller core, it meant each roll had two and a half times more tape on every reel!
What did this mean? For this particular company – it saved 45,000 roll changes in 12 months!
What did it mean everyday for the packing line? The rolls only needed to be changed 9 times instead of 20 times a day – which meant the operator could pack up to 10 more boxes a day.
So much more than a roll of tape!
So not only can cost savings be found, there are also the storage benefits as less boxes are required. You can also do your bit for the environment too with an eco friendly variation. It’s also possible to have tape custom printed as well as the recognisable Fragile etc.
Still need convincing?
Acopia are delighted to bring you this incredible product and we have an excellent offer to get you started. We are so convinced your team will love using this product that we have a special offer on your first order – just call us on 0845 075 6111 to find out more.
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Choosing the perfect packaging for your product is as important as your product and your product design itself. Packaging that is both consumer friendly, cost effective and has the protection capabilities you require can be difficult to source.
Our quick tips can help you focus on how to determine what’s right for you!
Set Your Budget
Before you even start your selection process, you need to think about how much you are planning to spend on protecting your product. Once you have defined a cost, this will determine what options are open to you in terms of materials, the quality of the packaging and if there is money to spend on printing or making the most of bespoke opportunities.
Think About Your Product
You will also need to consider your product. Would it be vulnerable in minimal protective packaging? Is it fragile and easy to crush? If the answer is yes – you will need to think about a more robust material to keep it safe in transit. If your product is food produce, for example, you will need to think about the best packaging methods and materials that will keep your food fresh and prevent contamination.
How Are You Transporting Your Product?
How your is being stored and transported is another area for consideration. Is it going by post, courier or air freight for example? Will it need to be stored in a freezer or temperature controlled conditions? Is your chosen packaging be robust enough to withstand this duress. You may need to invest in testing your packaging in these environments to ensure it can still perform.
Does the packaging reflect your brand?
Finally, does your packaging reflect your product as well as your brand? If your company core value is in support of the environment, you will need to make sure your packaging is recyclable – customers and end users would expect to see this. Your brand values should not just be empty words, it’s the foundation of your company and product line.
Maybe what you require is not an off the shelf product and you need some help in innovative packaging design and functionality. You can see some useful hints and tips to start the process of bespoke packaging here.
Talk to your provider about all the options available to you to ensure your packaging not only makes an impact, it keeps to your core values too.
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