April 29, 2016 09:47
Recently our valued distributor partner, 3G Packaging, posted a blog entry detailing the advances in packaging technology including automated systems. This is what 3G had to say about the Ranpak AccuFill:
"Many advances have been made in packaging technology over the past few decades. This blog series takes a deeper look into the technological advances in three main packaging processes: void fill, carton sealing and pallet wrapping.
A Closer Look at the Void Fill Process and New Technology
When you have empty space in the carton, this space must be filled with protective packaging material (void fill) to prevent boxes from crushing (stacking strength), eliminate product migration (sliding around in the carton), and protect the product itself from damage. Void fill is typically performed by a person who stuffs empty spaces within carton with various materials. Void fill materials such as air pillows, loosefill, bubble wrap, newsprint, kraft paper, and foam are commonly used. The packer needs to determine the amount of material that needs to be placed in the empty space in order to protect the items for shipment. This process is typically a bottleneck within the packaging operations since it is very labour intensive.
Ranpak Corp. reviewed and analyzed this costly packaging process and devised a new packaging technology called AccuFill. AccuFill is a scanning void fill measurement system, which increases productivity, reduces packaging costs and controls the void fill process by taking away the guesswork on the amount of paper void fill material to be used to properly protect items during shipment.
As boxes come down the line, the AccuFill sensors scan the box to determine its size, measure the volume of the objects inside the box and compute the amount of paper needed to fill the void. It then signals the FillPak® converter to dispense the exact amount of paper needed — no guesswork required. One of six standard analysis reports will compute the paper usage of the AccuFill system by collecting data from each box ran through the system."
To read the entire article, please visit 3G Packaging's blog here.
Thank you 3G for the write up. To learn more about Ranpak's automated packaging solutions, please contact your local Ranpak Territory Manager.