With the growing implementation of robotics and automation into production lines, various manufacturing sectors are able to reduce costs, provide even more consistent quality products and improve profit margins.
For packaging lines in particular automation is a popular option especially since custom automation solutions now encompass every step of the production process and supply chain. In this two-part post we will look at four packaging automation mistakes to avoid.
Failing to focus on the needs of the facility
Every manufacturing facility is unique and applying a “one size fits all” approach to an installation can be detrimental. It is essential to consider the needs of the facility if you want to see the benefits of automation.
To ensure that you install the best possible solution for your facility all stakeholders need to be included in the process. Meet with all people involved with the project so that you can get an understanding of where automation would be most beneficial.
Installing and walking away
The automation process is an ongoing one, therefore one cannot simply install a solution and walk away. Every area of the system needs to be rigorously tested to ensure that it is performing up to standard.
Maintenance checks should be conducted at regular intervals and to ensure that the system stays current software should be updated as and when required. Training is an essential part of ensuring your machines function optimally which is why official training should be conducted as new members join the team.
Don’t miss part two of our post where we look at two more packaging automation mistakes to avoid.
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