“Practice Makes Perfect.”
You’ve probably heard those words uttered at least once before — that’s because they’re true in many areas of life. For example, it should come as no big surprise that Olympian practice as much as 8 hours a day to be ready to compete in their sport. Reaching peak performance hinges on the ability to invest time and effort to mastering every aspect of the craft.
The same strategy applies to machine training. If you’ve purchased or leased a new machine for your packaging operations, it may seem easy to forgo machine training. After all, it’s an automated process, so it should be able to take care of itself, right?
Yes and no.
No matter the machine, no matter the task, there is always a reason to be trained on how to operate it safely and provide maintenance when necessary. While automation can revolutionize your packaging process and save you money in many areas, having the proper training to care for your machine will save you even more on future repair costs and help you avoid potential danger risks.
Similar to athletes, there are also many ways that training can help your equipment perform better on a daily basis.
What are the benefits of machine training?
While training is key for keeping your machines running healthily, there are also many ways that training can help your equipment perform better daily. Here are just a few ways that you and your staff can operate an optimized piece of equipment thanks to machine training.
Understanding how your packaging machine operates is the first step to finding unique optimizations that are specific to your operation. As you see it perform and work with your process, opportunities for optimization will be revealed!
The goal of automation is the make your packaging process more efficient — both in cost and performance. By being trained on your machine, you’ll invariably identify other opportunities for automation in other areas of your packaging process.
Another way that your packaging machine could perform better with training is its ability to speed up your throughput. As optimizations appear, your ability to output products faster — that means a better bottom line for your business.
Having the ability to trust that you or members of your team can repair any damage done to your machine is a strong tool in your arsenal. It virtually guarantees that downtime between repairs will be short, and you’ll be able to resume as fast as possible.
Is machine training right for my business?
To put it frankly: absolutely.
Your business’ success depends on being able to get your product into consumers hands with as little overhead cost possible. Salaries, storage and shipping, product manufacturing — there are many costs that all add up at the end of the day. Packaging automation is proven to save money, so you’ve got to ask yourself: isn’t machine training a valuable investment too?