How Automated Strapping Tools Make Plant Managers’ Lives Easier

    Daryn RadkePosted on July 24, 2019

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    As a plant manager, you’re constantly looking for ways to improve the efficiency of operations. One of the solutions you’ve been considering is switching from manual strapping to automated strapping tools.

    You know these tools come with plenty of advantages. They can most definitely improve working conditions for your employees, but can they also make your work life easier?

    Automated Strapping Tools Lower Worker Fatigue

    One of the biggest benefits of automated strapping tools is their tireless work ethic. While human workers may get tired, your automated tools can keep working at the same pace hour after hour.

    As a result, your workers don’t need to work at breakneck speed to keep up with the shipping department’s busy schedule and high demand. The automated tools can also take care of much of the heavy lifting.

    The result is less worker fatigue. How does that benefit you, the plant manager? Less worker fatigue means more productive workers, for one.

    It also means fewer mistakes and a lower rate of worker injury. With fewer injuries, you can spend less time filling out incident reports and wondering how you’re going to fill the schedule with a reduced workforce.

    Automation Improves Productivity

    Another major benefit of working with automated strapping tools is improved productivity. These workhorses don’t get tired, so they can keep working at the same pace hour after hour.

    That’s good news for busy plants. High productivity is a must in order to keep up with demand and orders.

    Working with automated tools also allows your team members to increase their productivity. Instead of spending all their time strapping packages, they could tackle other important tasks that usually fall by the wayside. They might be able to take more time to complete paperwork or to organize the floor. Maintenance, cleaning, and other jobs can now be prioritized to keep operations running smoothly.

    Improve Quality over Manual Strapping

    As mentioned, human workers tend to tire after long hours of repetitive movement. The longer they’re on the floor, the more likely it is they’re tired. Fatigue often leads to errors, as well as other issues.

    These factors may lead to poor strapping jobs. Products might be damaged by straps that are too tight. Packages that are too loose may come undone or fall apart, which can also damage products.

    You could end up spending time re-strapping packages that don’t meet quality standards, which means more time on strapping and lost productivity. The process of re-strapping could also cause delays in shipment and order fulfillment. Customers might demand a discount or cancel time-sensitive orders.

    You might also find you end up processing more returns of damaged goods when you use a manual strapping process. You may need to write off more in stock or give customers discounts to account for the damaged product.

    With automated strapping tools, these situations are less common. The machine is less likely to make errors in tension or strap-sealing. Automated strapping tools create consistent tensions and seals every time.

    With better quality strapping jobs, there is less risk of products being damaged or product coming undone. When the job is done right the first time, the product will be sent out on time too.

    Automate Your Strapping for Peace of Mind

    Automated strapping tools don’t just benefit your workers. They often make the life of a plant manager much easier as well. From cost-savings and consistent quality to keeping your workers safer, the right strapping tools could help you improve all your numbers.

    If you’re ready to improve safety and streamline operations, get in touch with the experts. They can help you choose the right solution to protect both your product and your people.

    Daryn Radke

    Daryn Radke has been a sales agent with FROMM Packaging for over three years. Daryn came to FROMM with over 30 years of manufacturing and consulting experience in all aspects of operations. This includes roles as a production analyst, business development manager, materials manager, plant manager, supply chain consultant, and business owner in software integrations. Daryn currently uses this well-rounded expertise to consult with his customers in packaging solutions to improve the effectiveness of their operations. Daryn is certified in Six Sigma, Organizational Design, Quick Changeover, Taguchi Design of Experiments, Material Management, and Strategic Business Planning.

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