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Three Signs It’s Time to Automate your End of Line Palletizing Process

robotic palletizing for cases of evaporated milk

Are you at the helm of a manufacturing business, watching orders surge, struggling to fill manual labor positions, and eyeing your excess capital with excitement and concern? If so, you might be on the brink of a significant decision: automating palletizing at the end of your packaging lines. It’s a move that can streamline operations, boost efficiency, and pave the way for substantial returns on investment. But how do you know if your business is ready for automation? Here are three unmistakable signs:

1. Orders Have Skyrocketed to Record Levels, and You Can’t Keep Up

Congratulations! Your products are flying off the shelves, and demand has never increased. But with great success comes great challenges. As order volumes reach record levels, you may find that relying solely on human labor to handle palletizing isn’t feasible. The sheer volume of products needing to be stacked onto pallets can quickly overwhelm manual labor resources, leading to bottlenecks, delays, and increased labor costs.

If your team struggles to keep up with the pace of incoming orders, it’s time to consider automation. By introducing robotic palletizing systems into your packaging line, you can significantly increase throughput and ensure that orders are processed and shipped out promptly, keeping your customers happy and your business thriving.

2. Difficulty Filling Manual Labor / Palletizing Positions

Finding and retaining skilled manual laborers to handle palletizing can be daunting, especially in today’s competitive job market. Even if you manage to fill these positions, the physical demands of the job may lead to high turnover rates as employees burn out from the repetitive and physically taxing nature of the work.

If your business struggles to attract and retain workers for manual palletizing positions, it’s a sign that automation may be the solution you’ve been searching for. Robotic palletizing systems can easily handle heavy lifting, eliminating the need for manual labor and reducing the risk of injuries and worker fatigue. Not only will this improve employee satisfaction and retention, but it will also free up your human resources to focus on more value-added tasks within your operation.

3. Excess Capital and a Desire for Quick ROI through Automation

You’ve worked hard to build your business, and now you find yourself with excess capital. You’re eager to put that capital to work in a way that will generate a quick return on investment and propel your business forward. Fortunately, the timing couldn’t be better to invest in robotic palletizing technology.

The entry point for robotic palletizing has never been lower, making it more accessible and affordable for businesses of all sizes. And with most companies experiencing a payback period of less than two years, the return on investment is not only rapid but substantial. By automating palletizing at the end of your packaging lines, you can reduce labor costs, minimize errors, and increase efficiency, ultimately driving bottom-line growth and positioning your business for long-term success.

In conclusion, if you find your manufacturing business facing any or all of these signs, it’s clear that the time has come to seriously consider automating palletizing at the end of your packaging lines. Embracing robotic palletizing technology can help you keep pace with rising order volumes, alleviate the burden on manual labor resources, and deliver a rapid return on your investment. So why wait? The future of your business is waiting to be automated.

Let the Palletizing Experts at NOVA Automation Help

Finding the best solution requires working closely with an integrator or manufacturer. This relationship should start as consultative to ensure success for both parties. The integrator can work closely with you to ensure the recommended solution checks all the boxes you need to succeed.

If you’re considering automating the end of your packaging line but aren’t sure which option works best for you, contact us today. We have been helping companies package more product for more than 25 years and would love to help guide you through the automation process.