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    How an Automated Strapping Machine Improves Plant Efficiency

    Kyle SextonPosted on February 15, 2019

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    Today’s plant managers are under pressure to improve their plant efficiency. You’ve done plenty of research about how you can improve uptime for machines and increase employee productivity, but you’re sure there are other points in your process where efficiency has yet to be realized.

    Have you thought about how you package your products to get to market? Shipping and packing processes take a good deal of time, and many plants still use time-intensive manual procedures to get the job done.

    There are other solutions, like the automated strapping machine. Adopting one of these machines is a smart first step towards achieving better plant efficiency. Here’s how one can help.

    An Automated Strapping Machine Is Faster

    Like many in your industry, your plant probably still uses handheld strapping tools and manual processes. Once your product is ready to ship, you may load it up on pallets or otherwise need to strap it together.

    Handheld devices are portable, which makes them easy to use. However, they can also take more time, and they demand more effort from your workers. An automated strapping machine is nearly always faster.

    This increase in speed is one of the primary benefits of automating the strapping process. Since the machine is faster, you can increase throughput. Packing up product for shipment has never been so easy.

    Reducing Worker Fatigue and Improving Safety

    By switching to an automated process, you can help improve safety in your plant. Workers get tired, which is one of the reasons they slow down. When they’re tired, they’re also more likely to get hurt.

    An automated strapping machine takes the load off your workers’ shoulders, preventing fatigue and reducing the number of injuries. Your team will be more efficient when everyone’s able to give 100 percent.

    Freeing up Employees’ Time for Other Tasks

    Another advantage of the automated strapping machine is that it frees up your employees’ time. In turn, they can look after other tasks they may have been too busy for before.

    With the task of strapping left up to the more efficient machine, your employees will be able to get more done in any given shift. That’s a two-sided increase for productivity on the floor.

    The Right Solution Can Reduce Mistakes

    One reason you may prefer handheld strapping tools is that many are often battery-operated and very flexible to use in the manufacturing process.  However, this same flexibility introduces error by misusing the tools. Many workers are involved, and mistakes are inevitable.

    The right machine eliminates strapping error reducing packaging mistakes in your plant. This contributes to efficiencies by reducing cost.

    A Customized Machine Provides for Your Needs

    Another concern you may have about automated strapping machines is whether or not they can handle your plant’s specific needs.

    Customized solutions exist, and they can relieve your fears that the machine may not be able to do what you need it to do. A custom solution can be retrofitted to an existing facility or designed for a brand-new plant.

    No matter your industry or your specialized needs, the right manufacturer can work with you to create an individualized solution.

    Reduce Damage, Returns, and Waste

    Another advantage of switching to an automated solution for strapping is that it can reduce damage during transit. This results in lower rates of claims and returns from your customers. It also saves you time, as you no longer need to process as many returns or ship replacement products.

    This also reduces product waste and shipping materials. The machine’s ability to adjust tension and cut strapping with precision further reduces waste.

    Realize Better Efficiency with Automated Strapping

    If you’re searching for efficiencies, take a look at how your plant handles packaging and shipping. An automated strapping machine could be one part of a solution designed to boost efficiency throughout the process.

    Kyle Sexton

    Kyle Sexton is a protective packaging consultant at FROMM. With 8 years of experience as a sales consultant, Kyle has been responsible for every step of the sales process, from the initial cold calls to establishing companies as accounts, and then providing ongoing customer support. His goal is to help companies optimize their production processes, streamline their operations, and increase their bottom line. Kyle is a Canadian Professional Sales Association (C.P.S.A.) Certified Representative. In his spare time, Kyle tries to lead a healthy, active lifestyle in an effort to keep up with his crazy kid.

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