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5 Ways to Optimize Your Packaging Line

The problem: business operations are moving at rapid speeds and it’s not always easy to see where the packaging line is causing a negative impact on ROI or other key performance indicators. Investing in long-term packaging line procedures helps production facilities excel with efficiency to solve the problem mentioned above. What do these long-term packaging line procedures entail?

Versatility

Versatility means that a packaging line is fluid and able to react to market demands. Equipment that can accommodate various types of packaging needs without manual adjustment optimizes human capital as well as production. Also, versatility reduces the need for multiple types of equipment which opens up floor space for other operations.

The bottom line: combination machines are a unique solution to many DC challenges.

Ergonomics and Safety

Are there areas in your packaging process that involve human engagement and possibly compromise the safety or stability of your workers? Even small discomfort in the short term can lead to long-term impact on your staff. Automated systems, robotics, and packaging stations are recommended for companies that are looking to provide easy access to materials for pickers and safer machines with safer operational protocols. Employee training also plays an important role in daily safety.

The bottom line: safety first.

Organization

An efficient distribution center thrives because of the efforts that have been put into organizational protocols. When your employees can easily and quickly find the materials that they’re looking for, they work at quicker speeds and make fewer mistakes.

The bottom line: organization leads to optimal work flow.

Integration 

An integrated packaging line is a full-service solution for a company’s packaging system and overall supply chain. Having all of the packaging systems integrated helps to improve flow and efficiency in a distribution center. Our automated machinery benefits our clients by reducing errors and systematizing the packaging line. A strategic packaging provider will observe your budget, timeline, product and machinery needs, safety requirements, and other packaging line points-of-concern to constructed the best integrated solution.

The bottom line: integration provides necessary systems.

Data

Data science has made it possible for companies to improve and change their entire business operations. From marketing and advertising, to products and packaging, data is valuable for success. Through data and intuitive technology, companies have also been able to surpass barriers that previously prevented innovation. This has helped manufacturers assess processes and progress to adjust and prevent future errors, reduce waste, increase speed, and other procedural improvements. Data analysis has led to companies being able to focus improvement efforts on the areas that make the most impact.

The bottom line: critical analysis of data is where the value lies.

Benefits of an optimized packaging line

Like any part of a business, there is always room for improvement. Whether you are looking to make a few modifications or do a complete overhaul, practicing the steps above will consistently lead to:

  • A streamlined and efficient warehouse
  • Improve the fulfillment process to keep up with consumer demands for quick shipping
  • Lower cost of operation, and increased ROI
  • Increase in quality, which increases customer satisfaction and customer loyalty
  • Reduce staff injury and improve facility safety

How can Hughes Help?

At Hughes, we don’t just look at what’s on the surface. We explore start by exploring the direct packaging line, and we also decipher the ripple effects from the current processes to create a long-term solution. Contact us today to improve your efficiency and read more on our blog, “Improve Packaging Line Productivity with Integrated Packaging.”

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