How Automation Could Drive the Packaging Industry in 2022
As a new year begins, we take a look at some of the ways automation could drive the packaging industry in 2022. With a strong positive outlook ahead, especially in eCommerce and B2C selling, the opportunities won’t be going away any time soon.
Unpredictable staffing levels, increased regulations, distancing and hygiene requirements are also set to continue this year. Find out how automation on the production line can help protect your workforce – and your business.
The benefits of packaging automation
Automation across the production line has many clear benefits in terms of increased output and consistency. However, there are other benefits in automating packaging processes that tick vital boxes during the current global health situation.
These are central to every packaging line to keep your operations on track in 2022. With eCommerce still expected to skyrocket in terms of demand, there has never been a better time to get future-proofing and harness some of the opportunities.
Meeting hygiene requirements through packaging automation
Hygiene requirements have increased inevitably throughout the world and no industry has remained unaffected. Automating key packaging processes, such as product placement, carton sealing and case packing can minimise contamination and reduce human contact at all levels.
Supporting distancing to protect the workforce
Supporting the workforce is a key aim for packaging businesses across the world. With lower staffing levels, whether by illness, isolation or distancing guidelines, automation is enabling greater flexibility in managing teams on the ground. This includes changes and additions to shift patterns to allow for reduced numbers, fewer required training sessions and increased quality control.
Enabling flexibility to harness the opportunities
When flexibility is introduced to the packaging line through automation, businesses of all sizes are able to rethink their approach. In 2021, the uptake of automated packaging machines grew as packaging businesses adapted to demand and the rise in eCommerce.
With modern machines capable of handling multiple runs of different products with integrated speed and size controls, many more opportunities can be harnessed in 2022.
Optimising operational costs
Automatic packaging lines can help streamline operations and increase efficiency. This goes hand in hand with creating cost-effectivity across the business. When the output is increased, energy consumption optimised and consistency created, it is far easier for businesses to maximise the bottom line.
Can we help you with future-proofing?
Jacob White works with businesses in all industry sectors to introduce both automated and semi-automated solutions for packaging your products. With more than 100 years of experience guiding companies through the complexities of packaging, we’re here to help you choose the right machines for your business needs.
We believe that future-proofing involves automation across the packaging line. It protects employers and the workforce in the current climate, and it enables flexibility to adapt to the peaks and troughs of demand. If you’ve been thinking about diversifying, are concerned about protecting your workforce or need to increase output to meet demand, talk to us today.