Sustainable Technologies Futuristic Packaging Solutions
Ima and Intertape Polymer Group have partnered together to develop a new solution – the E-co Flex1 for the packaging industry. Termed as the ‘Pack Station of the Future,’ the solution has been specifically designed to streamline the packaging process in the e-fulfillment industry.
Intertape Polymer Group (IPG) in collaboration with Ima has introduced the ‘Pack Station of the Future’ at a recently held event in the USA. Over the next decade, in all geographic regions, e-commerce sales continue to grow as a percentage of overall retail sales. Advanced packaging automation will be necessary to help e-tailers improve both throughput and their cost position as labor markets remain tight. The introduction of the E-co Flex1 would allow for multiple pack stations to be combined into one without losing throughput and utilizing much less real estate than the multiple pack station model being used today, states the company.
The solution is designed to streamline the packaging process in e-fulfillment and it is capable of selecting the closest box size match to the product being packaged connecting to the customer’s WMS system, mentions the firm. The machine erects and tapes the bottom of the shipping container with IPG’s recyclable water-activated tape. At the same time, the E-co Flex1 applies any identification sticker to the carton. From there, the solution presents the associate with a pre-assembled box, the associate then inserts the shippable items and secures them with a prescribed amount of dunnage. The associate reinserts the open faced box back into the machine where the remaining void is measured. If the algorithm determines that the space can be optimized, a series of knives adjust the size of the box to deliver the optimal dimensions of the shipment. The box is then closed, sealed and ushered to the customer’s conveyance.
Ima has combined IPG’s proprietary water-activated tape sealing mechanism to deliver one of the most ergonomic and sustainable packaging solutions to the e-fulfillment industry, opines Ima. The E-Co Flex1 will allow some of the larger e-commerce customers to consolidate several pack stations into a single ‘Pack Station of the Future’, increasing packer efficiency and operational capacity, concludes the firm.