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Breaking down the cost of unplanned packaging line downtime

Jul 21, 2020 1:43:15 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaging Machines, Efficient, packaging product, cost, downtime

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Downtime is the undisputed enemy in manufacturing. But do you know how much an hour of downtime actually costs?

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How enhanced OEE can neutralize your packaging line acquisition cost

Jul 14, 2020 10:09:14 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaging Machines, Efficient, Packaging, TCO, OEE

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When you purchase a new packaging machine, are you buying it for the next year? Or how about the next five years?

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How Are Food Manufacturers Solving Their Packaging Logistics Issues

Feb 7, 2020 2:59:22 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Efficient, Sustainability, Robots, Environment, Packaging, supply chain, Flexible Packaging, manufacturers, Disposal, EPA, Integrated

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Innovation, Alternative Packaging Technology and Updated Materials Can Help Improve Efficiency and Costs. 

Manufacturers must be efficient in all aspects of the supply chain to reduce costs. Rising shipping and material costs, combined with an emphasis on sustainability and consumer preference has created a need for innovation in the packaging industry.

One of the main costs in the supply chain is shipping. In general, it is becoming more expensive to operate a truck. Taking factors such as tires, fuel costs and labor into account the average marginal cost per mile was $1.69 in 2017 compared to $1.45 in 2009. Using the same factors, the average marginal cost per hour in 2017 was $66.65 compared to $58 in 2009.[1] According to the U.S.

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What are the Food Manufacturers Growing Technology Needs?

Dec 19, 2019 11:24:22 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Smart Connected Packaging Systems, Automation, Packaging Machines, Technology, Efficient, Trouble Shoot, Uniform, Structure

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Use a uniform technology architecture to improve packaging operations. Having a uniform technology structure within automated packaging machines provides several benefits for companies to optimize the efficiency of the machines. Automation is continuing to expand; in a study done by PMMI in 2017, over 50% of users interviewed use automation on their plant floor. These numbers are expected to grow soon with expanded capital budgets. Automation is proven to reduce costs, provide consistent quality, meet the demands of flexible manufacturing and help overcome labor issues. Using uniform technology across automated machines on the plant floor is the best way to achieve maximum efficiency.

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