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Household Cleaning Products, Bleach, Spray Cleaners, Polish, Wet Wipes

Household Cleaning ProductsHousehold cleaning products, once contained within their primary packaging (for example, a 1L bottle or a trigger spray container), tend to be bulky and heavy. They need to be protected in transit to ensure that any risk of spillage or leakage is eliminated. The protective packaging also needs to readily identify the product inside, the fact that it may be hazardous, and provide traceability of the product back to source so that any potential issues can be dealt with promptly and efficiently.

Investing in end-of-line packaging machinery helps facilitate the end-of-line packing process. It also provides peace of mind that it anything were to go wrong, the batch concerned is easily traced and can be quickly dealt with.

Typically the cleaning product container will be filled by some sort of automated filling and conveyoring machine. The containers will then be placed in a cardboard box for shipping either to a bulk distribution centre or to a retailer. To provide the supplier / manufacturer with traceability, the box will need to be marked in some manner with fixed and variable data, and then multiple boxes will probably be palletised for shipping to the customer.

Automation

Automating end-of-line activities saves time & money. A simple Case Erector using tape to seal the bottom of a box can be utilised to pre-erect cardboard boxes prior to packing. A Case Erector will deliver boxes on demand as & when required, at the rate necessary to keep a line flowing to its maximum potential. Because boxes will be made on demand, peaks & troughs in production can be easily accommodated. Automation does not have to be the reserve of high speed lines. Slow lines also benefit from appropriate automation. Quick changeovers from one box size to another keep downtime to a minimum. Case Sealing with tape is suitable for weights up to 25/30 Kg.

An Automatic Case Closing Case Sealer placed after the box packing operation removes the need for an operator / line worker to close and seal the top of a cardboard box, thus further improving the efficiency of end of line operations.

Traceability & Appropriate Labelling

To identify the contents within a box, appropriately, a combination of fixed and variable date should be readily identifiable. This is achieved by applying appropriate labels and text as required by the latest standards.

This will be done either with Labelling Machines (apply only or print & apply) or Ink Jet Coders that will print directly to the side of a cardboard box.

Different users will have different requirements. However a popular method is to combine labelling with ink jet coding. The label tends to be utilised for fixed data, and is used to identify the hazardous nature of the products. The Case Coder tends to be utilised to apply the variable data such as; box contents, batch code, shift code, use by date, box counts etc.

It is possible to replace & replicate the look of a label and its layout by using a High Resolution Ink Jet Coder. An IJ3000 will accomplish this task. One major manufacturer supplying cash & carry businesses in London managed a pay-back of less than 6m when they swopped from using a product label as a box identifier, to direct coding using an IJ3000 Case Coder.

For lower run rates and smaller operations, it is also possible to combine the top sealing, label application and box coding in one simple to use work station.

Security in Transit: Pallet Wrapping

Once the products have been placed in boxes, closed, labelled and printed, they will be stacked on a pallet for shipping.

Securing a palletised load to a pallet with stretchwrap film is a simple yet economic method of reducing risk of damage in transit. A power pre-stretch Pallet Wrapper will stretch the pallet wrap film as it is applied to the load. Productivity gains of over 30% are not unusual when compared to hand wrapping. Using a Pallet Wrapper is also an environmentally sound way of wrapping a pallet. It generates much less waste that will ultimately end up as landfill.