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Case Study - Automation Eases Social Distancing

An automated solution reduces human contact & uncovers annual labor savings of 33%.




A premier manufacturer of custom injection molded components looked to Rocket Industrial for an automated solution to minimize human contact and meet the demand for packaging face shields during the COVID-19 pandemic.




Challenges

The facility was hand loading face shields into poly bags and manually applying labels. As production volume increased due to COVID-19 demands, so did the number of employees needed and time spent packing and shipping.


A faster, automated solution was needed to increase packaging speed and allow for social distancing on the packaging line.

Face Mask in Poly Bag

Process

Rocket Industrial studied the current workflow, utilized our vendor network, and held conference calls to determine how we could reduce human contact and automate this manufacturer’s packaging line.



Solution

Rocket Industrial partnered with Sharp Packaging to install an automated bagging machine that eliminated the slow, costly process of handloading face shields into poly bags. Through consultation, the correct poly bag size was chosen to achieve optimal machine performance. Additionally, an automatic label applicator was utilized to streamline the packaging process.


Results

By installing two of Sharp’s bagging machines, implementing a label applicator and conveyor system, this premier manufacturer can disperse their workforce by requiring four fewer workers on their packaging line.

This packaging automation upgrade has decreased labor costs 33% and allows for timely loading of face shields with reduced human contact.


Packaging Automation Labor Savings Chart



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