Every manufacturer aims to have a safe and efficient production process. However, the cost of upgrading their systems often discourages them from undertaking the operation. Upgrading the packaging system provides a cheaper way of altering the production process to make it more efficient.
1. Upgrade the packaging system.
The type of packaging system in use determines the efficiency of the whole process. The system in use should fit the type of product and activities to be conducted.
For example, in industries where packaged products are labeled manually, a tabletop conveyor belt may come in handy. The system also allows for efficient quality assessment of products as any defective items are easily eliminated from the conveyor belt.
2. Use of “green” packaging material.
In the past, a majority of products used to be packaged using glass and other PVC materials. However, with the advancement in the packaging industry, manufacturers are now able to use polyolefin materials.
The materials are not only cheaper to produce but are also environment-friendly, which is a benefit to both the manufacturers and consumers.
Some manufacturers are reluctant to adopt the new packaging materials due to a need to change the packaging system. However, there many benefits of using green packages in the long run.
3. Think about facility layout.
The arrangement of machinery and workstations in the packaging section affects the efficiency of the entire operation. The last step of packaging which is often labeling should be at the furthest end of the packaging line. The layout should also ensure that the packaging process is continuous.
It becomes counterproductive if the products are packaged in one room, after which they are taken to another room to be labeled then back to the packaging room for storage. A single product should not go through a given workstation more than once.
The packaging step of production is an important stage that manufacturers may exploit to save on costs. Acquiring advanced packaging systems and packaging material are both essential methods of reducing operating costs.