NEWS

Your Guide to Buying an Automatic Cartoning Machine

Automatic cartoning machines have revolutionised industries across the world. Since their invention, cartoning machines have helped countless businesses streamline their production lines to meet the market’s high demand for their goods. Cartoning machines have since become an integral part of businesses’ operations and growth. For companies with high-speed production lines, having the right machine eliminates time wastage and allows for optimised production. For growing businesses, upgrading to automatic cartoning machine significantly improves production processes, allowing businesses to supply more goods and expand operations. Emphasis must be placed, however, on having the right machine. Despite the numerous benefits of automatic cartoning machines, relying on equipment that does not suit your production’s process and goals could be a waste of investment and running costs. To help you find the best machine for your operations, let these five steps guide you:

Set a budget

Establishing a budget goes beyond determining what your company can afford at present. The process of setting a budget urges you to look at your operation’s present costs as well as your objectives for return on investment. By determining these figures, you can set a budget range that could prove economically feasible.

Set the product as the main determinant

In numerous cases, the product dictates the type of cartoning equipment necessary for the job. Granular and loose pieces like cereals and detergent powder, for example, require vertical style cartoning equipment. There are also cases where the desired presentation for the product dictates the most suited equipment. Ready meals, for instance, are packed best with wraparound cartoners while products such as coffee capsules work best with end load cartoners.

Determine the speed required

This is one of the hardest steps for many buyers. Many businesses will approach a supplier asking for the fastest-acting machine in their budget range and end up with a product that is either slowing down or over-killing their project. For online packaging processes, compute your required speed by calculating the maximum rate it takes to create a product, divided by the number of units that go into a carton. For offline packaging, calculate the number of cartons per minute required by considering the daily, weekly or monthly box quota. You can compute for the possibility of increasing the volume of your products, but be careful not to overestimate and wind up with a machine that is larger and more costly than needed.

Determine your company’s capabilities and needs

You have to consider your current staff’s technical expertise before deciding on a machine. Unless you’re willing to invest in hiring qualified operators or in staff training, it is best to steer clear of machines with technical requirements that are not aligned with your staff’s knowledge and expertise.

Research your machine options

Once you’ve gone through all four steps, you should be able to narrow down your options to a more manageable number. Gain as much knowledge as you can from internet searches, industry network, trade shows or wherever you can gain knowledge about the machines you’re about to invest in. If you need more help in your buying decision, our team would be glad to give you expert and unbiased advice. Call PAKSMART today on +61 2 9630 9464 or send us an e-mail at info@paksmart.com.au
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Carton Packaging Material

How End Load Cartoners Add Value to Your Business

Carton sealing usually comes last in many production cycles but is in no way the least important. Well-sealed packaging not only provides physical protection for products during delivery and storage, it also indicates the level of stringent care implemented in the production process. If your business needs a quick, efficient and high-quality carton sealing solution, PAKSMART has the answer.

PAKSMART® PC40 CARTON SYSTEM

Our PC40 Carton System is an End Load Cartoner designed to seal and load up to 40 cartons per minute. Available in hand load or automatic load, PC40 is a machine that can suit a wide range of applications depending on your business requirements. Its automatic carton packing features enhance packaging processes for quick and reliable sealing procedures.

THE ADVANTAGES

PAKSMART takes equipment engineering seriously. Each machine has specific functions and features that enhance your overall business operations. Here are some of the advantages of a PC40 system:

Cost-Efficiency

PAKSMART’s PC40 Carton System is an economical tool that increases productivity and reduces labour costs. What a single employee can do in minutes, a PC40 machine can do in just one. It also helps conserve energy for businesses that have 24-hour operations.

Aesthetics

Using glue and staples in your packaging can damage both the box and the product. The PC40 system gives you a neater way to seal your boxes. Consistency is a key feature of the system, ensuring a clean and presentable sealing job.

Maintenance

At PAKSMART, we supply durable machines that require minimal maintenance. The system aims to help businesses minimise disruptions and costly machine repairs.

Space-Saving Design

With a PC40 system, you get the capabilities of state-of-the-art equipment that does not take up much space in your facility. Instead of working on several tables for your sealing requirements, you can load all your cartons into the machine in an organised manner.

Flexibility

Our PC40 machines can accommodate a wide range of carton shapes and sizes. All you have to do is tweak the system beforehand according to your requirements.

Safety and Comfort for the User

Our packaging systems are designed with the user in mind. The PC40 has a robust frame and easy access to all moving parts, making the machines safe to use and clean. Our systems are also fully compliant with Australian Standards for operator safety.

Straightforward Process

The PC40 is a straightforward system. Once the machine is connected to a power source, the user can immediately begin sealing cartons.

Reduced Waste

Manual sealing often leads to an unnecessary surplus of tape waste. With PAKSMART® PC40, you create less rubbish while assured that your packages are excellently sealed.

PAKSMART

PAKSMART is an Australian manufacturer and supplier of well-designed, robust and durable equipment that improves the automation of packaging processes. We have an enduring commitment to the creation of machinery that increases productivity, meets individual requirements and simplifies operations for packaging businesses. With over 18 years in the industry, PAKSMART continues to serve Australian food, pharmaceutical and contract packaging partners. As leading case packer manufacturers, we want to know more about your needs. Talk to us and call us on +61 2 9630 9464.
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Precious Seconds: Remove Time-Wasting Segments from Your Production Line

In manufacturing, fulfilling output targets on time if not ahead of schedule is crucial. As head of production, you want to make sure that your processes are efficient and that no time or resources go to waste. To put things into perspective, consider this: A 5-second delay doesn’t seem like much, but if it recurs 500 times within the day, that’s equivalent to over almost 42 minutes of production time wasted.

It’s things like this that call for a regular evaluation of production processes. While targeting perfection is a tall order, holding your company to a high standard will improve the quality of your products or services. That is what we aim to help you with at Paksmart.

Fulfil the Demands of Your Expanding Business

Whether your manufacturing company is just starting out or already working to fulfil increasing customer demands, three important requirements remain: speed, accuracy, and consistency. Remove or diminish any of these three, and you’ll be dealing with underproduction, delays in delivery, and QA issues.

The key, then, is to identify time-wasting segments of your production lines and to improve the process to cut the delays. It may have to adjust to your staffing, but the result will be worth it.

Integrate Machinery to Boost Employee and Production Efficiency

One way to achieve efficiency is to integrate machinery in areas where they can make the significant improvements. For instance, in a packing line, a mechanized carton erector will be more efficient than an employee who must manually assemble cartons to pack the finished product. Instead of focusing on a single packing line, this employee can now oversee multiple carton erectors. In this scenario, the company saves time and labour cost.

Integrating machines into your production line will enable you to advance your employees from labour-intensive to supervisory positions. If you see the potential of this set-up in your own production line, Paksmart can help you adopt it. Contact us today and let’s discuss your options.


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Why Your Business Should Use Shelf Ready Packaging

The retail industry is adapting to new trends in presenting products in store. Store managers are re-evaluating their current product packaging processes to make their products more presentable to customers. It is no longer sufficient to supply individual units in plain cardboard shipping containers. One of the new trends in product packaging is in the form of shelf ready packaging (SRP). Also known as retail ready packaging, this type of product package supports marketing messages and product information that make products stand out on store shelves. It has other features such as better product visibility, ease of identification, tray strength and shelf depth. By using SRP, on-shelf products look more enticing for customers.

Promoting Your Brand Using SRP

With an effective SRP strategy, you can promote and sell your products more efficiently. You can place products that use SRP near your store’s entrance or beside the cashier for customers to see them clearly. SRP can be designed according to your brand’s design elements. This can make customers more aware of your brand by associating its colours and other design elements with your product.

Be Creative on How You Sell Your Products

With SRP, you have complete control over how your product is presented. SRP can be made with eye-catching shapes, colours and designs that incorporate your brand identity. Although a striking design attracts customer’s attention, you may opt for a minimalist design. The overall design of a SRP is dependent on what type of product you are selling. To produce a SRP that is suitable for your product, you would have to find the right packaging machine. PAKSMART offers a shelf ready packaging machine that can produce twenty-five cases per minute. Our shelf ready packaging machine can design SRP that can improve overall product visibility and help in increasing product sales. To inquire about our shelf ready packaging machine, call +61 2 9630 9464.
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PC40SR Case machine

PAKSMART PC40SR Case Machine

Shelf Ready Packaging Report

“Shelf ready packaging” (SRP) is also known as “retail ready packaging” (RRP). It refers to the box the individual goods come in, which can then be used as a display/stand at store level. Using shelf-ready packaging allows for a more efficient replenishment of goods at store level and contributes to improved product availability for your customers, which in turn results in greater product sales. PAKSMART's recently released an automation project for a shelf ready case system for corrugated packaging. We’ve now followed this up with a shelf ready carton system using fibre board.   [gallery link="none" columns="2" size="medium" ids="1439,1438"] In both cases, the challenge we needed to overcome was to handle a greatly weakened container, load it with product and transfer through the pack, flap folding and sealing process. Paksmart PC40SR Corrugated Case System Our PAKSMART PC40SR corrugated case system does this using a two stage case erecting process. Firstly, we remove the case from the powered magazine and then we open the case at a staging point between the magazine and the carton flights. Whilst this did slow down the overall packing process by adding an additional stage in the erecting process, the PC40SR corrugated system can still cycle at over 25 cycles per minute. Our customer was able to effectively run the line at over 100 bottles per minute, packing into a 4 pack shelf ready case. Typical corrugated cases are very resistant to opening and with the weakened panels, they can easily be ripped apart by a typical pull apart erecting process. The gentle erecting process of our PAKSMART two stage erector handled a range of sizes with ease and efficiency, without detriment to the packing. The PAKSMART PC40SR can be sized changed in minutes with most settings either computer adjusted or hand crank adjusted with scales. Our customer was very happy with the system; including rapid setup and going into full production with less than a day’s commissioning onsite. Paksmart PC40SR Fibre Board Shelf Ready Carton System The PAKSMART PC40SR fibre board shelf ready carton system is currently running products for personal care and pharmaceutical products. Once again, the weakened board with the zipper easy tear across 4 panels made carton erecting and folding a real challenge. However, the servo motor controls allowed for gentle acceleration of the carton through the folding ploughs, reducing the load taken by the carton flaps and saving the panels from breakage. In both cases, these packs are to form part of the shop display. It’s therefore important that the packaging not only remains intact for delivery into store, but alos that the packaging presents well on the shelf. The PC40SR systems glues the ends of the shelf ready packs, providing strength to the container, whilst the program controlled compression system produces a quality presentation with squared ends on shelf ready pack.
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