Sidel introduces Cermex EvoPack to reduce repacking activities
Consumer preferences are changing, as are sustainability regulations, and the growing need for customisation of added-value packs and new selling or shipping units is compelling manufacturers to adjust their production processes and supply networks. Food, Home, and Personal Care (FHPC) manufacturers wish to transition to a leaner and more environmentally friendly secondary packaging philosophy by reevaluating their existing use of repackaging solutions, which have major cost, quality, and sustainability consequences. Smaller and bigger case counts can mitigate these consequences by making it more easier and more flexible to manage, store, and ship products in appropriate quantities for future personalised retailing needs. To fulfil the demand for increased case counts while maintaining common high-production forms, Sidel introduces Cermex EvoPack, a highly adaptable Industry 4.0 case packing platform for shaped containers in wrap-around blanks, trays, and shelf-ready packaging (SRP).
Nowadays, consumers are more demanding in terms of their particular purchasing needs, requiring the ability to purchase effortlessly, at any time and from any location. Not only does the ongoing e-commerce growth reflect this, but so does the revival of smaller urban stores, with large merchants returning to city centres to provide convenient access to everyday essentials.
“At times, some FHPC subcategories or players require modification for up to 40% of their production volumes. Until now, producers have often responded to these requests by utilising manual repackaging services,” explains Didier Saussereau, Sidel's Packing Product Manager.
Limiting repackaging and anticipating future specialised retailing requirements
These repackaging efforts incur expenses not just in terms of additional packaging material required, but also in terms of increased manual labour tasks, which have now exceeded the permissible boundaries for manufacturers' competitiveness and profits. The environmental waste generated by repackaging makes it even less sustainable. Finally, the additional handling associated with repackaging may result in scratches or scuff marks on the merchandise.
“To help producers lower the number of goods per shipping unit to the in-demand batches of two, three, or four products, we are witnessing an increased demand for tiny case counts. These enable easier and more flexible management, storage, and shipping of products for downstream operations at distribution centres or during e-commerce order preparations,” Didier explains. Simultaneously, demand for complicated product configurations will continue to grow, necessitating manual repackaging manipulations. Thus, by using upstream technical capabilities to supply bigger case counts, companies can ship the same quantity of items using less secondary packing and reducing waste.
“Now that they can create both small and large case counts, they can better predict trends and accommodate new channels, as long as the typical high production volumes of the standard formats continue to be handled on the same production line and packing solution,” Didier says.
Secondary packaging with an unprecedented size range and fast speed, all on the same small equipment
Cermex EvoPack enables the management of decreased case counts comprising only two, three, or four goods, as well as very large transit cases having 24+ containers meant for repacking, while also supporting traditional high-volume case shapes. “With its adaptable and extreme case count capabilities, the platform enables businesses to reclaim industrial margins through significant material, equipment, and energy cost savings. Additionally, it will undoubtedly help them significantly reduce their carbon footprint and achieve their sustainability goals,” Didier says.
Cermex EvoPack delivers fast and reproducible format changeovers ranging from five minutes for a case format change to 15 minutes for both bottle and case formats.
“We also wanted to make the equipment simple to use and maintain, which is why we embedded Industry 4.0 technologies into Cermex EvoPack to assist operators and maintenance teams in their everyday operations,” Didier finishes.