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In today's global economy the food processing industry faces increased competition.
For Plant Managers & Production Managers it’s important to invest in automated process flows to reinforce their competitive strengths.

Whether you are looking to enhance labour efficiency, increase production capacity or improve food safety, automation plays a major role in making your plant more competitive. This article provides an overview of the benefits of industrial food packaging automation.

1. Increase labor efficiency and deal with demand peaks

New automated solutions are emerging in almost every part of the food packaging process, such as: automated quality and safety inspection, automated packaging & filling of industrial food products,…

When Plant Managers or Production Managers need to increase production or introduce new product lines, an automated packaging solution may be a better solution than hiring additional personnel. Especially when labor is scarce or when you need to automate simple packaging operations, such as manual forming, lining and packing boxes.

Dealing with an increased demand, because of a big order or seasonal peaks, requires a high level of flexibility which is almost impossible to cover by workforce. Being able to increase and decrease production with a "push of the button" of an automated packaging line is often the only solution.

2. Increase food processing capacity without plant expansion

Staying competitive in today's market means being able to run high volumes sometimes at short notice. A plant expansion is often required to increase the production capacity. However, scarcity, high price of building plots or legal permits may prevent you from taking this step.

Innovative food packaging equipment offering an increase in efficiency and capacity can be the answer. A fully automated line, especially using a combined case erector – bagmaker inserter, can be fitted and adjusted according to the available space. This results in a much better use of that space.

3. Improve your food safety

Food safety is an increasing concern and new regulations are being issued almost every year.

Eliminate the risk of contamination by reducing the human contact. Using an automated bagmaker inserter, making bags from a reel and opening the bag just-in-time before inserting, results in a hygienic packaging process.

Companies with higher hygiene processes enjoy a better competitive advantage. It allows them to differentiate themselves and bid for contracts with big food manufacturers, which all have their own specific food safety requirements.

In addition, hygienic food handling and heat sealing, including vacuum packing and gas flushing, results in longer shelf-life. This allows you to ship your products to customers in remote parts of the world.

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