Think packaging – Think modular!
Modular is the new black, at least it seems to be the case when it comes to the manufacturing of packaging equipment. The idea behind the modular approach is that packaging equipment components should have a configuration like Lego so that various components and add-ons can be arranged to fit the application. From an engineering point of view, this is easier said than done, but the benefits are worth the effort. If you consider implementing new packaging equipment, our advice is: Think modular and find the manufacturer that can develop a solution that will put to use all of the following advantages of modular design.
- Saving floor space
We all heard that “time is money,” but in today’s industrial facilities, “space is money” and a modular design of packaging equipment can make the most of the space that’s available. Packaging equipment usually comes at the end of the manufacturing process. After acquiring all the equipment necessary for production, the remaining floor space is used for packaging equipment. Modular packaging solutions can fit in tight or unusual spaces because modules can be arranged in a way that is more economical in terms of floor space. Solutions that once would have been an in-line machine could now be redesigned in various shaped layouts to fit the specific requirements.
- Hybrid Technologies
The second benefit of a modular design is the easier merging of operations. Two separated equipment operations can now be integrated as one, and not only that: modular packaging equipment allows you to include or exclude machine operations, depending on a current application. For example, you can integrate a robotic palletizer under the same controls as other operations (case erecting/loading), and use it when you need it. The modularity of the design makes accommodating to specific needs much easier.
3. Development time
Everyone’s favorite question in the business world is “When will this be done?” Well, with modular design, the development time is often lower because once the design is split up into modules, design teams can work in parallel on the different modules.
- Reasonable price
If you need a packaging machine that will be built from scratch, then you pay development costs as well as production costs. With a modular design, most of the modules have already been developed and they only need some minor adjustments, so the client covers only those production expenses.
- Tailored Standardization
One of the less obvious advantages of modular design is tailored standardization. Tailored solutions are not to be mistaken with custom solutions. Custom equipment usually means building the piece of equipment from scratch. Tailored standardization enables manufacturers to “build” the right solution with standardized parts of various sizes. This way, tailored standardization offers the benefits of economies of scale while offering a right-sized solution built according to specific requirements. Of course, this is an advantage as long as the modules are being efficiently manufactured and offered at a competitive price.
To make full use of all of these advantages, do your research and find the most reliable packaging machine manufacturer. You can start here, by checking out Tishma Technologies’ horizontal and vertical cartoners available with various modular add-ons (volumetric cup fillers, auger fillers, count weigh scale interface, robotic infeeds, leaflet feeders, laser or inkjet printers, labelers, tamper evidence, embossers, powered carton magazines, rotary carton erectors, and many others).