Automated end-of-line packaging: solutions for case closure

Automated end-of-line packaging: solutions for case closure

In the textile and fashion industry, different systems can be used for packaging automation, depending on the specifications of the products (garments or fabric rolls).

For example, in the industrial clothing industry, it is usual that, before packaging, there are machines that bag the hanging garments, such as automatic shrink-wrapping machines. After some quality controls, according to the protocols of each factory, the garments reach the final phase: the packaging stage.

Multiple systems can be used at this point in the chain, such as the automatic case erector, the case placer on the overhead conveyor, the case packer that fills the cases with the folded garments and/or the carton sealer, etc.

In this post we delve into the importance of automating the closing and sealing of boxes. We present some smart solutions and explain how end-of-line automated packaging provides value to the company.

Why automate carton closing? Automatic carton closer, an efficient solution.

 

Packaging automation involves the use of technologies that optimize and streamline various processes, such as case packing, filling, closing and sealing, labeling, palletizing, etc.

Closing and sealing boxes is often one of the most time-consuming operations in packaging. In addition, there are too many factors at play at this stage. Failure to close and seal boxes effectively significantly affects costs, package security, product integrity and material waste.

For example, excessive use of tape not only increases costs, it also causes unsightly packaging. But a smaller percentage of tape, or improper placement of tape, can cause the box to open. Not only can this affect the garments, but it can also be a negative experience for the customer (business or end user).

The automatic carton closer provides significant productivity advantages in the packaging process. It is an intelligent solution that improves packaging performance, enables you to control material consumption, optimizes workflows and even improves package appearance.

Of course, the case closing and sealing system that is chosen and implemented depends on the specific need of the company, its daily production, customer requirements and storage or shipping conditions. But the important thing is to implement automated packaging systems that are flexible, eco-efficient and intelligent. In other words, machines:

  • They can automatically adapt to different box sizes.

  • To work with new and used boxes.

  • Providing real-time data

Solutions to automate the closing and sealing of cartons

 

When we talk about automation, we refer to the implementation of machines driven by intelligent software and integrated by technological devices that can understand and adapt to the environment in which they operate. For example.

1 Automatic carton sealer

 

They are high-speed automated systems that can be used in production lines as well as in distribution centers and warehouses. These intelligent machines automatically close the flaps and seal the boxes, placing the top and bottom longitudinal sealing.

  • They can seal boxes of various sizes. They detect the format and adapt automatically.

  • They provide real-time data.

  • They close and seal up to 2,500 cases per hour.

  • They are suitable for working with both new and reused boxes.

  • They offer the option to use:

    • Adhesive tape.

    • Hot water gummed paper.

In addition, these case sealers can close overfilled cases, allowing up to 20% additional filling, which helps to reduce transportation costs. But, if required, these machines can also close half-empty boxes.

On the other hand, they optimize order picking times and reduce delivery time. This is thanks to the fact that they are systems that operate continuously, regardless of variations in the height, width or length of the box. This guarantees the flow of the logistics chain.

These systems reduce the environmental impact of the industry by allowing the reuse of boxes. In this way, boxes from suppliers can be used directly for the shipment of goods to warehouses or points of sale. This also helps to reduce costs.

2 automatic case erectors, with closing and sealing module

 

These solutions also do not require the presence or intervention of an operator. They autonomously fold the bottom flaps and push the boxes ready for filling. In addition, it is possible to add the module to perform the closing and sealing of the filled boxes.

These formers also automatically adjust to different case dimensions or formats, avoiding any chain stoppage

  • They can process up to 800 boxes per hour.

  • They provide real-time data.

It is the only automatic case erector that works with both new and used cases. Therefore, in addition to reducing the environmental impact, it represents a system that saves costs and guarantees production stability.

Advantages of end-of-line packaging automation

 

Let’s see the main advantages of automating and standardizing the process of closing and sealing boxes:

  1. Shorter order turnaround time. This automation increases the company’s capacity and effectively accelerates product distribution.

  2. Increased safety in the operating environment. The incorporation of automated machines prevents workers from getting hurt, reducing injuries or stresses from repetitive tasks.

  3. Increased garment protection. These automated solutions close and seal the box carefully and securely, ensuring that the product arrives at its destination in perfect condition. They can even adapt to the volume or size of the garments.

  4. Increased sustainability. Advanced solutions that are designed to operate at high speeds while consuming less energy and using materials with precision.

  5. Maximum customization. Automatic case sealers are tailored to specific packaging requirements. They feature intelligent systems that sense case size or fill volume to engage and ensure both optimal packaging and product integrity.

  6. Zero downtime. Automatic packaging systems require no downtime. They can also be programmed to adapt to different case dimensions, ensuring the continuous flow of the production line.

Tecnimusa: a benchmark in innovation and development

 

At Tecnimusa we promote sustainability in the production chain. We are an engineering company that designs and manufactures advanced automation solutions for industry.

We are experts in making intralogistics processes in the textile and fashion industry more efficient, smooth and productive. Our customers confirm it. We have more than 15 years developing technological projects for leading companies around the world.

Our team of highly qualified professionals, experts in mechanics, automation and electronics, focuses on innovation to present customized, efficient and environmentally friendly solutions.

Need to take your business to the next level? Contact us and let’s talk. We analyze your needs and identify areas for improvement. In addition, we evaluate the right solutions and provide you with a fully customized quote.