Automation in the Packaging Industry, by Visiongain Research
10 August 2021
Packaging technology refers to the enclosing and wrapping of products for various uses like storage, shipping, and sale. Packaging adds aesthetic value and protects the product from the environment. It emphasizes manufacturer brand and is an important part of business models. The packaging industry generates economic value.
Automated systems assist greatly in the packaging industry by improving productivity and efficiency. They also lessen the dependence on labor and provide consistent quality output.
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The packaging automation market is a fast-growing arena. The pandemic may have disrupted the packaging industry, but automated systems can resolve the problems it created. Automated systems can meet safety standards and provide solutions to labor shortages
To learn more about the benefits automations systems provide and the challenges facing the packaging automation market, continue reading.
Reduced Labor Costs
Costs from wages, healthcare, and strikes can be lessened by allocating tasks to automated systems instead. This ensures that manpower is hired only when needed. One of its advantages is reducing the need for manpower using systems like Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and collaboration robots (cobots).
Automated systems complete tasks faster than manual work. They are also capable of multitasking and performing with consistent efficiency.
Automated systems can work repetitively without human error. Production quality is therefore consistent and standardized.
Greatly increased precision allows automated systems to produce without much waste.
Repetitive motions are the leading cause of work-related injuries. Automation prevents such injuries by minimizing error and providing fail-safes.
An Answer to Labor Shortages
Although automation is known for reducing labor, the type of work they usually take over is generally unwanted such as repetitive and tedious tasks. In truth, automation is more than capable of boosting employment rates. By reducing labor in some tasks, automation makes labor in other tasks more productive and robust, hence increasing labor demands in those areas.
Additionally, automation can enhance worker performance by augmenting labor training and technology use.
Implementing new automation technologies comes with its own set of challenges and obstacles.
As more automated systems are connected to smart devices and the internet, they are also more vulnerable to cyberattacks. Hackers can break into networks and upload configuration changes into industrial controllers, causing disruption and sabotage. There is a growing need to adopt cybersecurity solutions and implement monitoring software to protect important equipment from these attacks.
Robotic Law and Standards
Potential safety risks and challenges arise as automation technology develops. Manufacturers need to comply with robot laws set by their government to ensure that human workers can safely coexist with machines such as automatically-guided transport units.
Budgeting and Costs
The manager needs to consider costs like hardware and software investments, operator wages, maintenance, and stoppages caused by parts change-outs.
Proper integration requires business owners to properly train their workforce to manage and work alongside new automated processes to ensure skill gaps are filled when machines take over routine tasks.
The packaging automation market is growing and will continue to grow to meet global economic demands. Visiongain will ensure that you are ahead of these business trends with our market reports and business intelligence. For further inquiries, do not hesitate to contact us.
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