Packaging Machines for the Pharmaceutical Industry
Household Cleaning Products, Bleach, Spray Cleaners, Polish, Wet Wipes
Household 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.
Personal Care Products, Shampoo, Shower Gel, Deodorant
By their very nature these types of products tend to be small in size and ready for use by an individual. They will tend to be packed in smaller outer boxes prior to shipment to the retailer. Typically these boxes may well be Shelf Ready, or narrow and / or have a low height. The supplier / manufacturer needs to be sure that the products can be packed and dispatched economically, with a minimum of fuss. Traceability is also vital in this industry. For example, if a product re-call is initiated, all the relevant products need to traced, quickly and easily.
Investing in end-of-line packaging machinery helps keep the packing process simple and efficient. End-of-line Semi-Automatic Case Sealers are one of the most economic ways of automating end-of-line packing. Case Coders provide traceability, whilst Pallet Wrappers will assist with pallet wrapping and protect palletised products in transit.
Case Sealing when Small Boxes are Used
When the primary products are small in size, and the boxes used to transport the products are also small, a Conventional Case Sealer cannot be used to seal the box. Conventional sealers will only accommodate a box approximately 100-120mm wide by (approximately) 115-120mm high (length being irrelevant). A special narrow side belt Case Sealer from Loveshaw accommodates boxes as narrow as 65mm and as low as 50mm. An ideal Case Sealer for SRP & other narrow boxes such as those used to move personal care products around.
Automating end-of-line activities saves time and 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 and when required, at the rate necessary to keep a line flowing to its maximum potential. Because boxes will be made on demand, peaks and troughs in production can be easily accommodated. Automation does not have to be the preserve 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 data should be readily identifiable. This is achieved by applying appropriate labels and text as required by the latest standards.
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 six months when they swapped 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 with hand wrapping. Using a Pallet Wrapper is also an environmentally sound way of wrapping a pallet, as it generates much less waste that will ultimately end up as landfill.