5 Reasons to go modular with your packaging equipment
Modular seems to be the new black, at least it when it comes to packaging equipment. The main concept of the modular approach is that all elements should have a configuration like Lego, so that various enhancements can be arranged to fit the application. From an engineering point of view, this can be a bit of a challenge, but the benefits pay off for themselves. If you think about new packaging equipment, our advice would be: find the manufacturer that can create a solution that will make you feel all of the following advantages of modular design.
1. Saving floor space
In todays industry, “space is money” and a modular design of packaging equipment can help you use the available space in the best possible way. Packaging equipment usually comes last on the “to do” list. After purchasing all the machines necessary for production, the remains of the floor space are used for packaging equipment. Modules can be arranged in a way that is more economical in terms of floor space, which is great for tight or unusual spaces. Solutions that once would have been an in-line machine could now be reinvented in different layouts and shapes to fit the specific requirements.
2. Hybrid Technologies
The second advantage of a modular design is operations merging. Two separated equipment operations can now be integrated as one, and that’s not all: modular packaging equipment gives you the posibility to turn on or off some 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 responding to specific needs much easier.
3. Development time
We know what you are thinking: “That’s all very nice, but when can I have my packaging system delivered?” Well, the development time is often lower because once the design is split up into modules, design teams can work at the same time on the different modules. So the answer is: “You will have your packaging machine up and running much earlier than you expected”.
4. Reasonable price
If you want a packaging machine that will be built from scratch, then you are about to pay development costs as well as production costs. With a modular design, client covers only production expenses, since most of the modules have already been developed and they only need some minor adjustments.
5. Tailored Standardization
One of the less obvious benefits of modular design is something called “tailored standardization”. Tailored solutions are not to be confused with custom solutions. Like we mentioned above, custom equipment usually means building the piece of equipment from scratch. Tailored standardization enables manufacturers to construct the right solution with standardized parts of different sizes. This way, tailored standardization offers a right-sized solution built according to specific requirements, while keeping the benefits of economies of scale. Of course, this is an advantage as long as the modules are being efficiently manufactured and offered at a competitive price.
Do your research and find the most reliable packaging machine manufacturer, and start making a full use of all of these advantages. 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).