Speed Up Your Production To Extend Your Summer!
Visitors who browse the Liquid Packaging Solutions website or scan some of the news items will find information on not just individual machines, but also the components and features of the different pieces of equipment. For example, news items may talk about the benefit of bottle grabbers on a filling machine to ensure consistent fills, or even the ability of the cap delivery systems to continuously feed caps to a spindle or chuck capping machine. While many of these discussions indirectly refer to speed, the information on our website rarely discusses speed directly. So today we will talk about one of the biggest benefits of packaging machinery, the often assumed addition of speed.
For most packagers, the discussion of speed will immediately bring to mind fully automatic machinery, or a completely automated packaging line. While commonly more automation will equal more speed, semi-automatic packaging equipment can also speed up a process. Many packagers, even some of today's large scale producers, began their companies as regional businesses with smaller production demands. And very few start-up or new companies today will begin their journey with a need or a desire for a fully automated packaging line. Rather, such a line tends to be something that a packager grows into over time, adapting to increased product popularity and company growth. Semi-automatic rinsing machines, liquid fillers, capping equipment and other machinery allow smaller packagers to speed up processes and overall efficiency. These machines represent a step up from employees hand cleaning, filling and sealing containers. Not only do many of these machines allow an increase in daily output and production speed, but they also assist in overcoming inconsistency that often accompanies manual labor. Speed can be increased by reducing the exhaustion, as well as the boredom, that can effect performance when wiping, pouring and twisting for long periods of time. The semi-automatic machines can also help to reduce repetitive injuries that may result from extended periods of wiping, pouring and twisting as well.
Of course, automated packaging machines and systems add even more speed than their semi-automatic counterparts. While a semi-automatic filling machine can only move as fast as the operator placing, filling and removing containers, the automatic bottle filler can reach speeds of over 100 bottles per minute with the assistance of power conveyors and sensors. If building to an automatic packaging system over a period of time, a packager will be well served by analyzing their own project and starting with those processes that take the most time. As an example, if laborers can fill bottles at a rate of twenty per minute, but can only apply labels at a rate of ten per minute, the packager may be smart to invest first in an automated labeling system. Packagers must also keep in mind that once the system is completely automated, it will produce only as quickly as the slowest component. So a rinsing machine that can handle 200 bottles per minute will not be used to its full potential next to a filling machine that can only reach 120 bottles per minute.
Speed and production rate, while not specifically discussed on a lot of LPS pages, are nevertheless often two of the most important factors for packagers shopping for machinery. These two benefits are often assumed, but should never be taken for granted. Discuss performance and speed, as well as how the equipment will work for your specific product before choosing packaging equipment for your project. Meeting those production quotas quickly and efficiently leaves more time for sun and fun as we welcome in another summer season! Which we in Indiana are more than ready for this year.