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AUGUST 29, 2012
Nine tips for selecting multipacking and
shrink bundling equipment
By Marty Weil, Contributing Editor
In today's multipacking and shrink bundling environment, the need for flexibility and precisely repeatable changeovers is taking precedence. This is driving equipment design, even on highly complex equipment. It is also influencing the "dumbing down of machines," specific to changeover and flexibility, where responsibility is taken out of the hands of operators, or removed entirely. Users are demanding higher overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), longer mean time to failures, and greater predictability.

Machine builders are adding control with fully integrated robotics instead of integrating with another machine for added functionality. Rather than having three axes of linear movement (e.g., a pusher), the vendor may install a delta or Cartesian robot. Robots are simpler and cheaper than they used to be, and utilize smaller footprints.

The proliferation of SKUs and brands has driven down shelf space, which in turn has increased inventory turns and the desire for smaller packages. This need has dramatically increased bundling speed. The costs of bundling, labeling, and coding have almost doubled due to sending the same tonnage in smaller bundles!

Here are some tips to consider for those selecting equipment in this challenging environment:

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Robots address expanse of packaging needs
Confectionery, food, pharmaceuticals, and consumer goods are just a few of the industries employing robots for their speed, functionality, efficiency, and accuracy.
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