Should you Automate in-House Packaging 

When it comes to packaging lines, you may wonder if there is a chance you might want to automate. 

Due to the pandemic, labor shortages, container ship issues, and resignation, in-house lines aren’t easy, and the supply chain has started to take some major hits. 

For a lot of people, the pandemic changed the way things are run, and for in-house packaging, it’s even harder. 

But what’s the best way to handle it? The truth is, there are different plus points and drawbacks to each type of packaging line, and here, we’ll go into whether you should automate or not. 

Automate or No? 

This is one of the biggest questions, especially since we have a lot of unpredicted measures in place, and there are a lot of changes which are happening all at once. 

With the rise of new communications and eve the metaverse, we’ve got a lot of different options. Plus there is IoT, which of course is something that’s getting integrated into all parts of life, packaging included. 

With all of this in place, you may wonder if you absolutely need to have people, or if you want to automate. 

There is no simple answer to this however, since automaton may help or harm your business, depending on the packaging line in place. 

Right now, there are three types of ways to set up the packaging line, and we’ll touch on each one here. 

Minimal Automaton with an expanded work force

This is where you keep the current packaging line with the same kinds of machinery, all while making the workforce larger. 

Depending on the equipment and the investment of the labor, it may be the least expensive type of line that you need. 

Also, you can create more jobs, and also grow the business. It may be good for some people, especially if you’re not seeing shortages. 

With the pandemic unemployment largely ended, this might be the best option if you do want to rely mostly on the labor of other humans rather than just machines. 

Semi automaton 

This is partial automating the line, which is where there’s a bit of automaton working, but a few humans also working. 

By doing this, it does decrease the laborers, which may help for reducing the spread of viruses and other pathogens. 

However, this does have a larger financial investment, so you might want to consider buying or leasing the equipment instead. 

Full Automaton 

If you want to, you’re always welcome to fully automate everything, and then have the bare minimum of employees that are human. 

This can be done in a way where only a few people implement the machinery and then oversee everything that’s happening, doing occasional maintenance and repair as needed. 

This is the most expensive to implement, but it later on can be the cheapest way to go. 

As technology improves too, you may be able to do all of this in your office or other places as well. 

But whether or not you should do it is ultimately up to you and is at your discretion. 

It’s best if you look to see if it’s worth it, and if you’ll make money back through the automaton process. If you can afford to pay employees and don’t have to worry about them leaving due to the great resignation or other means, you should of course, try to have human bodies running the packaging line. 

Otherwise, it’s your discretion, since it can impact the overall results of the packaging, and the state of the line as well, so be mindful with your decision. 

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