FMCG/CPG manufacturers encounter a growing array of challenges. Automation offers avenues to enhance the quality, efficiency, and consistency of your packaging operations, address labor shortages, and foster skills development within your workforce. It’s time to discuss the advantages of end-of-line (EOL) packaging automation.
Labelling a Product
Regardless of the product being packaged, the label plays a pivotal role, influencing aspects ranging from tracking capabilities to compliance with regulations and legislation. Labelling is an integral aspect of packaging and processing, and the quicker and more precise it is, the better. Whether it involves case labelling, tray packs, pallets, or the product itself, automated labelling offers numerous advantages to businesses, including enhanced label quality, consistent performance, and the liberation of human resources. Automated labelling might even contribute to bridging the productivity divide between UK businesses and their global counterparts.
Here are five advantages that businesses can gain from end-of-line (EOL) packaging automation.
1. Boosting the Workforce Availability
Manufacturers constantly face the challenge of enhancing productivity and efficiency. One strategy to achieve this is by freeing staff from the repetitive nature of mundane tasks and reallocating them to areas where they can contribute more value to operations. Many manufacturers still rely on manual label application, a task that may not be engaging for staff and may not contribute significant value to the overall process. Moreover, it represents an inefficient use of human resources, especially when considering that automation can ensure consistent label application, minimizing the risk of human error. This isn’t about the imminent arrival of robots; instead, it involves a more strategic deployment of human talent. By relieving staff from less engaging tasks, they can focus on more valuable roles within the business, fostering growth. This becomes particularly pertinent in the context of dynamic political and economic landscapes, where manufacturers in consumer goods sectors are exploring ways to counter the potential challenges posed by reduced labour availability in 2019 and beyond. The availability of labour becomes a crucial factor in the ongoing efforts to boost productivity and achieve continuous improvement.
2. Enhance the Effectiveness of Your Operations
Machines can be engineered to achieve increased performance output and consistently execute repetitive tasks. Through packaging automation, labels can be applied rapidly, potentially without any human intervention. This represents a cleverly straightforward approach to enhance the efficiency of your packaging operations and addresses the challenge of handling seasonal fluctuations in demand for specific consumer products.
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3. Ensure Uniformity in Your Labelling
Retailers seek reliability and uniformity in labelling. Automation plays a pivotal role in achieving this. Hand-applied labeling often leads to errors such as missing labels or applying the wrong one. Automated solutions, equipped with advanced technology, consistently apply accurate labels with precision and at scale. Software tools like QuickDesign simplify the incorporation of variable data into each label during the packaging run. Vision systems further validate that each label aligns with the packaged product. This automation enhances compliance with industry standards like GS1 and EU FMD, ensuring labels on cases, tray packs, kegs, sacks, and pallets are legible and scannable throughout the supply chain.
4. Collect Meaningful Data and Assess Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
Industry 4.0 revolves around data – copious amounts of it. By automating your End of Line (EOL) packaging and labelling procedures using coding automation, you accumulate data that provides insights into the effectiveness of throughput and the quality of your production lines’ results. Additionally, you can effortlessly monitor the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) of your printing machinery, enabling informed decisions in procurement and production grounded in factual data.
5. Upskill Your Employees
And so, we complete the cycle. Packaging automation not only liberates human resources but also enables your workforce to cultivate skills that can propel innovation and expansion within your business. Instead of allocating valuable resources to manually apply labels to packaging consistently, day after day, employees can undergo training in new areas within your business and advance in their career. They can enroll in apprenticeship courses focusing on data analysis or strive for Six Sigma certification. In no time, you may witness a team member transitioning from the task of manually applying labels to assuming the role of a logistics manager or pursuing studies to join the engineering team responsible for implementing new factory constructions or continuous improvement programs.
Can We Help?
Here at Codico, we specialize in cutting-edge print and apply labeling technology, utilized globally in manufacturing facilities across various industries. The Domino M-Series introduces simplicity to your labeling operations, enhances productivity, and can be seamlessly integrated into existing production lines. It’s a forward-looking approach to imbue more efficiency, productivity, and uniformity into your labelling process – all while empowering your workforce to enhance their skills for the betterment of both their careers and the future of your business. Does this sound like a positive change initiative you’d like to embark on? Feel free to explore more or consult with a specialist regarding your packaging and labeling aspirations.