Benefits of Liquid Packaging Solutions Machinery
At Liquid Packaging Solutions, we often tout the benefits of single machines, focusing on how they can help a packager become more efficient at rinsing, filling, capping or otherwise preparing products for the consumer. However, in addition to overall efficiency, there are some benefits that come with any and all LPS equipment. Below are a few of the universal benefits of adding LPS machinery to your packaging process.
ADD CONSISTENCY AND RELIABILITY TO THE PACKAGING PROCESS
Packaging machinery is manufactured to repeat a process throughout the day with little to no variance from bottle to bottle. For instance, the first bottle run through a filling machine in a production day will receive the same amount - by volume, weight, to level, etc. - as the last bottle run through the machine that same day. On a chuck capper, both the first and last bottle will be sealed using the same amount of torque. Manual labor, or human beings, are not born to provide this same consistency and reliability, whether measuring the liquid to go in to a bottle or twisting on a cap. LPS packaging machinery helps provide both consistency and reliability that simply cannot be achieved day in and day out by manual labor.
EASY TO USE AUTOMATIC AND SEMI-AUTOMATIC MACHINERY
Liquid Packaging Solutions designs and builds packaging equipment for packagers both small and large. Semi-automatic equipment for low to medium production will require assistance from an operator for each cycle run. However, the equipment can usually be run through simple hand and foot switch activation or by using sensors to trigger activation of rinses, fills, sealing and other packaging processes. Automatic packaging machines generally require an operator to set up the machine in preparation for the production day. However, such set up is made simple through the use of a touchscreen interface which includes a screen to save and recall settings for different bottle and product combinations. The recipe screens essentially make set up as easy as the touch of a button after physical adjustments to the machine have been made. Upon starting the automatic machinery, the operator will not be needed on a cycle-by-cycle basis, but will normally monitor an entire line, which would include multiple packaging machines.
LOWERS OVERALL LABOR COSTS
Whether using semi-automatic or automatic machinery, the addition of the equipment will almost always reduce the number of laborers necessary to complete the task at hand. As an example, even a semi-automatic filling machine can be expected to fill twenty bottles a minute using a single operator to run the machine. Assuming that hand filling a bottle takes ten seconds, that same operator who filled twenty with the machine would only get 6 completed in a minute without the machine. Of course, packaging machinery must be purchased, but packagers can weigh the cost of the equipment against the labor costs saved to decide when and if the right time comes to purchase machinery!
PROVIDES TAX INCENTIVES FOR PACKAGERS
At least for the remainder of 2019, the purchase of packaging machinery also comes with some tax incentives. Section 179 of the United States tax code provides for specific and expedient deductions on qualifying equipment that is put in to service in the current year. While these incentives have been extended for several years, they can change or disappear completely at any given time. LPS encourages anyone looking for packaging machinery to touch base with their tax professional to ensure that they take advantage of any and all tax incentives available for 2019 and beyond.
Of course, other benefits exist for complete packaging lines or even single machines, depending on the needs and desires of individual packagers. LPS representatives are always available to discuss specific projects and the best solutions for those projects.