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Should I Hire More Employees or Automate My Packaging System?

When presented with bottlenecks or other constraints in your current processes, the simplest answer seems to be to hire more employees. It would make sense that bringing on additional manpower would improve efficiency and, in turn, generate more profit for your business, right? 


Bringing on additional employees can often increase the underlying problems. Automating your packaging system presents a number of benefits and opportunities for your company. But first, a brief overview of these two methods of packaging. 

Manual packaging is rather self-explanatory. It is simply a packaging process in which manual laborers are paid to package your product. People are involved in every aspect of the packaging line. Even though they may rely on machines such as forklifts, conveyors, fillers, or manual stretch wrappers, but they are still affecting the product at every stage. 

Automated packaging, on the other hand, is quite the opposite. An automated packaging system uses computerized systems to move products down the line. The machines are linked to software which can provide important and insightful metrics to managers about performance. These systems have been beneficial for companies around the world for years. Here are just a few of the inordinate amount of reasons why. 

Budget Reduction

Budget reduction is possibly the most obvious benefit of automated packaging. While automated packaging systems may have large upfront costs, they make up for those costs rather quickly through reduced labor costs and much more efficient packaging. An automated system saves you money each and every day. 


People are inherently inconsistent. People get sick, they get tired, and they make tons of mistakes. This issue of inconsistency is at the top of mind for many managers. A packaging system makes exponentially fewer mistakes than a human worker would. Because of this consistency offered with an automated system, you can significantly reduce your waste and defects. 

Greater Rate of Production

It is not uncommon for companies to be forced to slow production of their goods. Often, it’s caused by their manual packaging not being capable of keeping up with the speed of the production machines. Manual laborers simply cannot work as quickly as a machine. Automating your packaging can help to close this gap entirely. Matching your packaging speed with the speed of production allows the capacity to produce and distribute a much higher volume of your product. 

24/7 – 365

To put it quite simply, a machine can run constantly. Manual laborers have to go home, they have to take breaks, and they cannot work non-stop. An automated packaging system can. With our systems, you can run packaging around the clock if need be. This means the sky’s the limit for your company as far as packaging goes!

Contact NOVA Automation

At NOVA, we are here to walk you down the path towards an automated packaging system. Do you find yourself worrying about inconsistent workers, bottlenecks in your processes, not being able to fill orders on time, or keeping up with the innovation in your industry? Well you are not alone. Many companies are currently diving into automated packaging and are reaping the benefits every day.

P.S. Don’t Just Take Our Word For It

One client of ours said “NOVA Automation attacks areas of packaging that aren’t standard in the industry but have a unique and intentional design and purpose.” We love this testimonial. It speaks incredibly well to our ability to put companies ahead of the competition. We are here to ensure that you have the best possible processes to fit your specific products. There is no cookie cutter way to attack any project, we understand this entirely. That is why we develop systems to fit your company specifically.  Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you. 

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