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How A Produce Farm Saved On Labour With A Flow Wrap Machine

Case Study: Produce Farm

Overview

A Brantford, Ontario produce farm was using up to 40 employees in their packaging process to hand-bag peppers. Because of this, the produce farm had a slow and costly output full of inconsistently-packed bags.

A Crawford Packaging Specialist was called to assess the situation and identify any opportunities for optimization. The answer became clear after an audit of the produce farmer’s existing process: a flow pack machine could help drastically reduce labour costs while also ensuring a consistent final product. Specifically, the VR-8 Flow Wrap Machine was a clear fit for the farm’s needs. Its design and capacity allow for high-speed wrapping, label application, and custom conveyor orientation.

The implementation of the proposed solution caused a drastic change in the farm’s throughput and cost. From the previous 40 employees needed to pack pepper bags, they were able to bring the number down to 12, re-allocating the unused labour to other areas of the facility. Similarly, they saw a 50% increase in packaging speed, and a dramatic impact on the quality of the final product.

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Challenge

A produce farmer in Brantford, Ontario needed a more efficient packaging process for bags of peppers. Their method of using up to 40 employees to hand-pack was slow and costly – as well as ineffective in producing a consistent product quality.


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Process

Crawford Packaging sent a Specialist to review the farm’s process and identify areas of improvement. After seeing the large need for labour to pack bags, it became clear that a flow pack machine could dramatically help the farm improve its bottom line. This automation system would do the majority of the work, meaning that only a fraction of the current labour would be needed.

The Specialist suggested a VR-8 Master Flow Wrap Machine. Thanks to its easy controls and vast customization options, the VR-8 can complete complicated packaging tasks quickly and efficiently.


Solution

The VR-8 Master is a quick, efficient, and easy-to-use flow wrap machine that’s versatile to compensate for your product’s specifications. With a universally-adjustable forming tunnel, you can change pack size easily – all on one machine. Choose from polypropylene, paper, cellophane, combination film, aluminum or shrinking films and start packaging simpler.


Results

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Increased Productivity

Thanks to the ability to delegate labour more efficiently, productivity has increased by 50%. Now, workers can spend more time on the product, instead of taking time to package it.

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Reduced Labour

The speed at which the automation process allows for peppers to be packaged is much higher than the previous, hand-bagging method. Thanks to this, the products are also fresher, as they can be packed quicker.

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Increased Throughput

One of the primary goals of the assessment was to optimize on labour. As a result of the new method, labour on the packaging line has been reduced by 70%.


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