If you've been considering a case erector for your production line, wonder no more.
Here are five benefits a case erector can offer your company.
1. Increases productivity
The average worker erects three boxes every minute. A basic case erector can produce 10 boxes per minute. That’s a productivity increase of 233%. Faster machines increase productivity even more.
To make 2,500 cases, it takes almost 14 hours of time to erect them by hand. With a case erector, your time is reduced to only four hours. What could you do with ten extra hours?
2. Reduces staff hours
Similarly, if you find you're adding workers to the packing area because they can't all keep up, you may discover that by having boxes being made quickly and easily, your packers work much more efficiently. That means you can reduce the number of people working in the area, reduce overtime, or reassign the labor pool, so the extra people can work elsewhere.
3. Reduce repetitive strain and the possibility of injury
Anyone who performs the same task over and over again knows the pain of repetitive strain injury. And, believe it or not, you can get a large and nasty paper cut from a cardboard box (No, really! A brand new edge is like a dull knife.). Using a case erector greatly reduces the risk of workers injuring themselves, or suffering repetitive strain injury.
4. Reduces inventory
If you've ever had your workers erect dozens or hundreds of boxes in anticipation of a large shipment, you know the headaches of trying to find space for all of those empty boxes. You're basically paying to store a whole lot of empty! Each box takes up floor, storage, and even walk space, if you have to regularly pre-assemble box
es just to keep up with a large product flow.
We've talked in the past about the inventory muda (waste). Since you know that pre-ordering raw materials or pre-erect finished products wastes space, you'll understand how pre-erecting boxes does the same thing.
5. Reduces shipping damages
In a previous blog post on case erectors, we talked about how hand erecting cases can often lead to unsquare boxes, which are weaker when stacked on a pallet. But square boxes can withstand heavier weights, which means they are less prone to shipping damage. Using a case erector can help ensure products arrive intact and undamaged.
The main objection to case erectors are that they jam easily and cause downtime. When in a production line, erecting a high number of cases daily, this can be a major frustration. There are four primary reasons case erectors jam:
1. Blanks are not fed correctly into the magazine.
2. Irregularities in the blank from the carton supplier.
3. The mechanical forces of opening the case and folding the flaps.
4. Transporting the formed case through the machine.
Find out how to can overcome these problems and what to look for in a case erector that will not only erect perfectly square cases, but will also not jam.
A case erector might seem like an unnecessary extravagance. But when you look at the extra cost and time lost in unproductive work, overtime, and injury, you begin to see the benefit a case erector can bring to your company.
This post was published on September 13, 2019 and updated on September 13, 2019.