Sometimes you are not made aware of everything you should ask your customer supplied packaging provider when quoting for your packaging.

Case in point: Picture #1 is a box of bottles that every bottle had been individually bagged. This brings additional costs to a project if not accounted for in the initial quoting process, these additional costs  are reflected in:
· Added time of the run, bottles aren’t available to run until they are de-bagged so you need to have some of this done prior to starting the line just to stay ahead
· To do the job of de-bagging requires additional people on the line and the faster the run the more people it requires
If you look more closely at the picture you will notice that the bottles are not uniformly packed – some are facing up, some are facing down and some not in this picture were laying on their side. In a best case scenario we would open a box from the end where the bottom of the bags were packed which allows us to more quickly grab the ends and pull them off.

 

Now look at the second picture…the bags and bottles work together to a heightened static charge.
When an operator tries to throw the bags away the bags can’t be just be dropped, even shaking the hands only works sporadically and it taking too long to get the bags off the hands results in a slowdown in the labeling. The bags can stick to an operator, the machine and parts between.
When the run is finished there there is additional time spent to clean up all the bags.
Of course if the customer determines this is what is best for their packaging it can be handled…but can effect your labor cost beyond a package that can be simply opened and placed on the filler.
Make sure to ask about all the details when you are working with your customer supplied packaging provider to effectively control your labor costs.

 Jim Gurr – ANR Dir. of Filling Operations, Dir. Safety, Health & Environment