In a highly competitive business environment, companies across industries are looking to increase productivity and drive efficiency in their supply chains. They start embracing automation technologies, such as robotics, to stay ahead of the curve. One element that plays a crucial role in this automation revolution is: Packaging.
Solving Supply Chain Challenges with Automation
While consumer expectations for receiving products more quickly rise, the shortage of skilled workers is a growing concern. And the only way for companies to keep pace with higher production volumes and a lack of labor is through the adoption of technology. That is why MarketsandMarkets™ estimates the market for logistics sector automation will reach $88.9 billion by 2026. Robotics and automated processes counteract the lack of labor by taking over repetitive tasks like inventory management, picking / packing and more. Automation helps companies increase efficiency by improving accuracy and productivity in their operations. There are different types of systems including, but not limited to, palletizers, box erecting machines, automated guided vehicles (AGV) or robots with sensors that can distinguish the shape and structure of an object.
How automation supports your operation
In manufacturing and production facilities, automation is used to streamline repetitive processes like assembly and material handling. For example, in the automotive industry, robotics can increase capacity and quality while protecting employees from dangerous and repetitive tasks.
In warehouse and distribution centers, automation systems like conveyors, AGVs and more ensure fast and accurate order fulfillment from de-trashing to product storage, pick and pack and, finally, outbound shipment.
Overall, all industries experience a growing use of automation. Regardless of the technology being used, reusable packaging solutions are best fit to efficiently transfer, store and organise product loads in automated systems.
“Choosing the right container is a critical element in the design of an automated system.”
Andrea Nottestad, Senior Product Manager, ORBIS Corporation