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Acquiring a new packaging machine can be a huge investment. Not only in terms of the monetary value but also how it will take your business to the next level and provide the right packaging for your individual needs.
Operations such as bag intake, opening the bag, filling and sealing, and marking with label or print are all steps that can be handled manually or automatically. The processes of designing the ideal packaging platform for your business requires careful considerations regarding the benefits and costs of each element.
This article will help you understand the pros and cons of choosing each type of packaging machine, whether it is a manual, semi-automated or fully automated platform.
Pros and Cons of Manual Packaging Machine
- (Positive) Simple and Precise Setup
Manual operating packaging machines will likely consist of a simple setup that requires less space. It is quite suitable for smaller batch runs for example if you are bagging your products for seasonal or other special promotions.
- (Negative) Less Efficient for Large Scale Production
As a lot of the packaging process still requires manual tasks, the time used per package will most likely increase, which reduces the total production capacity per hour. It will of course also require you to hire and train personnel to operate the machines.
Pros and Cons of Semi-Automated Packaging Machine
- (Positive) A Flexible and User-Friendly Machine
The use of a semi-automated machine will let you take advantage of increased flexibility options by combining automatic and manual operations to suit your individual needs. The setup can be especially user-friendly and easy to operate. As some of the manual tasks have been replaced by automated processes, you will decrease the operating costs by requiring less personnel.
- (Negative) Requires More Initial Design Planning
The high flexibility can also be a potential source of extensive pre-planning. Customizing your semi-automated machine to operate with a mix of manual and automatic labour will require you to make decisions about which processes should be handled by who or what.
Pros and Cons of Fully Automated Packaging Machine
- (Positive) High efficiency and capacity
As the machine operates independently, production time is not restricted to official working hours. You will be allowed to manage the automatic process by controlling the speed and production cycle. This will allow you to get the most out of your production capacity to meet increasing supply demands. Ideal for complex large-scale production.
- (Negative) Normally more expensive and complex
Being a fully-automated operating machine, the platform will normally consist of more components to replace manual tasks. This also means that the platform will require more space to operate as well as the increased investment cost. Luckily there are options available for fully-automated packaging machines, which keeps the setup streamlined and makes it rather easy to operate and maintain.