How Automated Tray/Case Packers Are Taking Over?

How Automated Tray/Case Packers Are Taking Over?

Industries all around the world have been churning out millions of products every year and this production capacity will only increase in the future. These products are to be transported and warehoused before they reach the end-user. So before transporting them, they are supposed to be packaged to make them safe and secure.

This packaging was conventionally done by human labor because previously there were no machines to do this job. The worker used to take a single product and placed it in a casing and then sealed the casing. Additionally, if the product was fragile the worker would fill the case with a layer of cushioning material such as paper cuttings or a foamy layer.

But technology has made many strides and this manual packing process is now being done by automated case packers. These machines are an example of engineering genius because they can pack hundreds of products in cases within minutes and overcome supply chain delays and constraints. 

Large commercial entities and companies/businesses that specialize in mass production are incorporating these machines in their production lines. Increasing their rate of production while saving money on expensive manual labor

The Working Of A Tray/Case Packer?

Since we are talking about these automated machines it would have come to your mind that what does a tray packer machine do? And how does it work? To define it in simple steps a tray/case packer will 

• Take a batch of products that need to be packaged;
• Proceed to orient the case/tray in the required position ; 

Then place the batch of products into the case or on the tray, finally sealing the case or the box with a wrap or adhesive.

The sophistication of the tray/case packer will depend on how much automation does the business want. A self-loading packer will cost around $25000 and a fully automatic one can cost upwards of $1 million.

How They Provide A Custom-Tailored Experience

The case/tray packer can be customized to the requirements of the client. Every business/corporation has its own set of wants and needs. The technology and equipment department of any business does a feasibility study on the equipment before deciding on acquiring a machine. Case/tray packers come in many numerous styles such as top-load, fold over, mechanical, side load, and bottom load packers. 

Your need for a case/tray packer can stem from higher demand or a new product’s bundling requirements. It can also be that your previous case/tray packer is nearing its days and needs to be retired. Regardless of these reasons when you are on the lookout for a new case/tray packer you can get a tailored experience if you consider these specifications before ordering a case/tray packer.

Product Being Packaged: 

The holder type or the product you need to package will also impact the packer type. Bottom load cases are best utilized for larger items such as a washing machine. They are used to pack items that require to be handled gently so basically the case is dropped over them and the product does not need to move. Sideload case packers are used for boxed items such as spaghetti or frozen items because filling the box from the side is easier than stacking from the top. Top burden cases are for containers, different kinds of boxed items that can be stacked.
Wrap-around packers are for larger items such as food containers.

Required Casing: 

The casing required by your clients for the bundling of the products will be the first factor to consider when looking for a case/tray packer. The most common type of cases used by manufacturers are RSC and wrap-around cases. These cases have their benefits and drawbacks. 

Material costs of these cases can also help you to choose a certain case type over the other one. The amount of material used in an RSC case incurs additional cost. Other than that an RSC case when palletized will have the same strength as a wrap-around case.  In the end, the decision lies with you and what your clients want.

Operational Requirement:

The duration of time the machine needs to be operated and the load it needs to handle are some important factors. The best way to find out is to see a running example to find out the speed of packing, the weight the machine is handling, and the amount of time it is being operated.

This way you will be able to get a better understanding of that certain type of packer. Not only that but it will help you get in touch with a legitimate provider that will deliver on its promises and provide a reliable after-sales service. 

Production Line Speeds: 

The packing speed required by you will be largely dependent on the speed of the production line. A slower packer machine will result in a glut at the packaging section. Leading to a reduced pace of dispatching and delayed orders.

Picking a packer that has enough speed is necessary because it will not only match the speed of production upstream on the line but it can also benefit you in the long run by saving more time. 

Available Floor Space:

The available floor space in your factory is limited so the packer you are getting should be of a conservative size. This way you can incorporate it into any production line.


Case/tray packers have become an important part of the production lines of manufacturers. Packing solutions provided by these machines are helping businesses to achieve their production targets which in the long run help them to achieve higher profits.

Your decision of getting a packer and then being satisfied by its operation will largely depend on the provider you choose. So it is essential to find a provider who has a good reputation in the industry. Another thing to remember is that when you order a case/tray packer, it will take around 6 months for it to arrive and then get installed. This duration can increase/decrease depending on the type of machine ordered, your location, and the service of your provider.

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