Changing your palletizing strategy: 6 key considerations

The importance of palletizing in warehouse operations and manufacturing is something that gets overlooked all too often. Inadequate palletizing processes can have a direct impact on the bottom line and they can ultimately jeopardize customer commitments. Poorly organized and not properly designed palletizing processes create a ripple effect throughout the facility’s operations that can lead to significant consequences.

 

Since we don’t see ourselves as mere packaging machinery manufactures, but as trusted partners, we want to make sure you select the correct palletizing strategy for your operation. That is why we decided to present the following six key palletizing considerations:

 

Palletizing Strategy

 

  1. Palletizing and line efficiency

 

Operating performance and the facility’s overall efficiency can be significantly impacted by palletizer downtime. For example: if the palletizer stops for five seconds each time a load is discharged, without properly designed or controlled infeed system, it can translate into downtime of upstream processes many times greater. That is why it is important to see palletizers as more than just a piece of packaging equipment. Palletizing functions are a part of the overall production and distribution system; therefore, palletizing inefficiencies can cause backups to the whole operation. Bear in mind that one of the crucial factors in the palletizing selection is the speed of your operation.

 

  1. Packaging trends create new challenges

 

The palletizing landscape is going through some serious changes with less packaging, more fragile materials, smaller items, and more totes. The number of products being palletized without cases is increasing. The lack of secondary packaging means that the product is easily damaged and more difficult to handle. Often, a consumer package of a product must be palletized, which requires higher rates due to smaller packs. If secondary packaging features printed graphics with slick, low friction surfaces it represents a challenge for case-control and pattern forming. In some cases, the pallet itself is becoming the consumer display method. Consequently, stacking patterns and pallet stability are being dramatically affected by all of these factors.

 

  1. The increasing number of SKUs

 

E-commerce has increased the variety of case and pack sizes. Small packs for convenience stores and large packs for club stores are becoming a new standard. This variance requires a palletizer that can continually adapt, which means that rapid, tool-less changeover is a must.

 

  1. Changing load configurations

 

Pallet load construction is impacted by end-of-aisle display loads, “label out” preferences and reduced pack strength. Palletizers must enable frequent pattern revisions and incorporate various options to shore upload strength. These options include shorter loads, stretch film, tier sheets, trays and cap sheets, and corner boards.

 

  1. Increasingly stringent safety requirements

 

Applicable safety standards must be carefully considered before deploying a palletizing solution in your facility. Robotic and automated solutions must adhere to CAT 3 control system requirements.

 

  1. Labor market challenges

 

Increasing minimum wages, the dwindling pool of qualified workers, the potential for injury and high turnover rate in manual palletizing functions are all reasons to consider an automated palletizing solution.

 

Deciding to incorporate or upgrade an automated palletizing solution isn’t always easy. Being unable to adapt to evolving packaging methods, struggling to keep up with increasing order volumes or outgrowing your manual pallet building processes are just some of the signs that it may be time for a change. There are many palletizing solutions available on the market from high-speed row-forming and inline conventional machines to robotic and hybrid solutions. If you think that it’s time to reevaluate your palletizing strategy, make sure to check Nortech Packaging palletizing solutions. If you need help to determine the best solution for your palletizing operations, our experts are at your disposal.

 

5 Reasons To Pack Your Product In A Box Pouch

The next big thing in food packaging is unquestionably the box pouch, also known as flat bottom stand up pouch, the quad seal bottom pouch, block bottomed pouch, side gusset pouch…

For those who are not in the packaging business, the variety of names might sound confusing, but the name isn’t as important as the fact that this is an exciting new type of packaging. It is suitable for cereal, granola, dry foods, pet food, powders, confectionary, home care products, and many other products. Essentially, this type of flexible packaging reduces costs, emulates the shape of a cardboard box and keeps the product fresh for a longer period of time. We are sure that we will soon see this type of creative packaging on store shelves everywhere because the benefits of box pouch are too good to ignore.

These are the main advantages of this type of packaging:

 

 

  1. Box Pouch saves space:

Due to the flexible nature of this package, it saves a lot of space in the warehouse and on supermarket shelves. The flexibility of a box pouch also helps customers to save precious space. Living conditions have changed along with the economy, so now we are facing the need to make more from less, in terms of space. Unlike boxes and cans, pouches and flexible packaging become smaller as the inside product is used up. This provides convenient, easy storage, and consumers absolutely adore this space saving benefit.

  1. The use of Box-Pouch is more economical and eco-friendly

Box Pouch uses less material since more product can fit into a smaller area. This reduces landfill space and lowers costs. It’s not easy to find a bigger advantage than packaging that uses fewer materials while making more space for the product. Pre-made Box pouch manufacturers use 12% less film, which makes the purchase of Pre-made Box-pouches more affordable because it takes much less energy to make them. They also weigh less. Both of these factors reduce cost and make them better for our environment. Simply put: Box pouches use less film yet hold more.

  1. Box Pouch has five sides for high-quality branding

Five different surfaces of the bag are at your disposal to tell the story of your brand with the help of sharp graphics and bright colors. Side gussets mean more space for printing: That extra space can be put to good use to help with branding and sell the product. Extra space allows you to display all the important information in order to be compliant with various requirements, without sacrificing creativity in packaging design.

  1. Box Pouch can be resealable.

Box Pouch keeps the product fresher for longer periods of time after the bag is opened and it is more user-friendly, thanks to the zip lock. The ability for the consumer to reseal the package is important because it reduces the dreaded waste and additional costs that people are trying to avoid. Consumers want to get the most life possible out of their purchases, and box pouch delivers exactly this.

  1. Box pouch eliminates the need for inner and outer packaging layers

Box pouch eliminates the need for outer cartons: The design of these bags takes away the need for outer cartons and thus reduces cost. It also replaces inner layers: Lamination of different types of materials as part of the bag design makes this possible.

Finally, the flat bottom is secure and stable: This makes for easier storage and presentation on supermarket shelves.

If you are a manufacturer considering this package type, keep in mind that you are going to need the right packaging equipment for the job. Check out our ROO-200 Box-pouch fill & seal machine that can pack almost anything into a box-pouch. With high efficiencies, a compact footprint, a wide range of bag sizes and decreased downtime, the ROO-200 will surely satisfy your box-pouch packaging needs!