End-of-Line Packaging Automation Services

Integrator doing work on robotModernize and Streamline Your Process for Worker Safety

Robotics and automation have long been used for tedious, dangerous, and repetitive tasks in manufacturing. Often, these types of tasks pose equipment and ergonomics hazards to humans or result in inconsistent product quality.

The same risks are present in end-of-line packaging operations. From equipment hazards like sharp tape cutters and hot glue to ergonomic strain from repeated bending, lifting, and twisting, workers can easily be injured. Additionally, cumulative fatigue over the course of a shift can lead to mistakes, accidents, and imprecise or inconsistent tape or label application. Not only is this dangerous for workers, product quality and consistency suffer.

By automating your packaging operations, you eliminate worker hazards and streamline your processes to produce better products.

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Coiling-and-Packaging-Cell-(8)A Partner for End-of-Line Packaging Efficiency

By teaming up with Force Design, you’ll gain much-needed flexibility for your workforce and operations with end-of-line packaging automation. When robots and other machines do the repetitive or dangerous work, workers are free for other more pressing or higher-skilled production line tasks.

Automation is also a way to maintain production levels during periods of time when the workforce is limited (e.g., illness, vacation) and rapidly ramp up or change production with minimal impact on scheduling. Finally, the precision of a machine leads to consistent packing and appearance.

Many industries and products are suited to automated packaging lines, including:

  • Food and beverage
  • Pharmaceuticals and supplements
  • Health and beauty
  • Automotive and vehicle parts
  • Home, office, and garden products
  • Consumer electronics and computers
  • Appliances
  • General manufacturing
  • Co-packing and third-party logistics (3PL)
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What are the Advantages of a Turnkey Automation System for Packaging?

A turnkey system is ready to go when you are. Because it’s built from the ground up for your operations, you can trust it does what you need. That’s far more efficient than trying to piece together off-the-shelf systems that don’t quite fit as-is.

Our installation process includes debugging and training, so your employees can run the equipment with confidence. The system is programmed to consistently get the job done right. In many cases, equipment can easily be tweaked or reprogrammed if needs or materials change over time.

What about fragile items, technical cleanliness, food grade requirements, or security concerns? Our systems are built to accommodate these types of situations if necessary.

We can help you automate these common packaging tasks:

  • Sorting
  • Glue
  • Stacking
  • Tape/seal
  • Wrapping (shrink or stretch wrap)
  • Inspect for product placement
  • Palletize
  • Quality control/inspection
  • Position products
  • Kitting/subscription box assembly
  • Coil/spool
  • Label
  • Insert in box
  • Fill container with loose product
  • Folding/assembling cartons
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Value with Automation

In addition to packaging functions, tasks like product assembly, quality inspection, and other finishing processes can be incorporated into an automated packing line. This helps streamline operations and improve product uniformity, consistency, and overall production. It’s also a powerful strategy for assigning your workforce in the places they’re most needed, be it overseeing areas of the packaging line or another part of the facility entirely.

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Robitic-Vision-Inspection-(3)Equipment used in Packaging Applications

From mechanical operations like folding and sealing, to product verification and inspection and more, Force Design can develop a system of machines, sensors, cameras, and software for highly complex packaging applications. Equipment options include:

  • Grippers including suction, pincer, and specific tools (e.g., blade, dispenser)
  • Vision cameras
  • Sensors (e.g., weight, temperature, fill line, etc.)
  • Conveyors
  • Articulated arms
  • Gantries
  • Roller tables
  • Chutes
  • Autonomous mobile carts
  • Carousels/rotating platforms

Computing power takes packaging to the next level. Our systems include software and data collection capabilities to track KPIs and other key metrics. You’ll gain visibility into things like use of consumables, glue temperature, cycle time, throughput, error rates, barcoding for traceability and tracking lot numbers, and more.

Equipment and computerized data dashboards also include secure login and access restriction capabilities as well as remote access for troubleshooting and monitoring.

Coiling-and-Packaging-Cell-(5)A Packaging System for your Unique Needs

End-of-line packaging automation can be integrated into the rest of your production line or developed as a stand-alone system. We’ll work with you to understand your manufacturing process and specific goals, whether it’s faster turnaround time, improved traceability, consistent sealing and labeling, or something else.

Your new packaging system can also be built with future expansion in mind. Examples include leaving space for an additional arm, wiring ports for vision cameras, or modular conveyors and roller tables that can be added on if production expands.

Are you ready to take the next step? Let’s get to work! Please contact us to learn more.

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  • Schedule a meeting with our team and we’ll help create an automation strategy that’s right for you.