Advanced packaging automation will be necessary to help e-tailers improve both throughput and their cost position as labor markets remain tight.
To compete on this fast-moving market, and thanks to its 60-years packaging expertise, IMA designed advanced technologies to automate the packaging process.
The E-CO Flex simplifies e-fullfilment packaging by selecting the best-fit box size for the product and connecting to the customer’s WMS system. It erects and tapes the bottom of the box, using traditional or water-activated tape, and adds any necessary identification stickers. The result is a pre-assembled container presented to the operator, who simply inserts the items to be shipped and secures them with the required amount of cushioning material. The operator reinserts the open-faced box back into the machine where the remaining void is measured: if necessary, the E-CO Flex will automatically reduce the height of the box and close it.
Thanks to the partnership with Intertape Polymer Group, market leader for water-activated carton sealing tape, E-CO Flex features a Water-Activated Tape (WAT) head, which applies recyclable reinforced paper packaging tape used by top e-commerce retailers.
Traditional pressure-sensitive tape applied with handheld dispensers often requires multiple strips to secure a pack, often leading to material waste. With a touch of a button, IPG’s Water Activated Tape dispenser automatically feeds, moistens and cuts tape at the desired length. The case can be securely sealed with just one strip on the bottom and one strip of the top of the box.
Automated right-sizing solutions like the E-CO Flex ensure a safe transition from weight-based pricing to dimensional (DIM) weight, reducing the cubic footage of cases to the minimum, significantly reducing material use and costs by using less corrugate and often eliminating the need for void fill.
One of the emerging needs within modern industrial markets is using systems design methods that guarantee time saving and cost saving. On this purpose, virtual commissioning is starting to be one of the most versatile ways to obtain highly functional industrial plants, becoming a valid ally in the realization of complex industrial systems
Virtual commissioning recreates a digital model (or digital twin) which, connected to the controller and sensors, allows the system to be digitally reproduced to bring out design errors and improvements to be implemented.
Thanks to this technology, problems and system bugs can be solved directly in the design phase, shortening production times and optimizing processes.
To ensure that maintenance staff and operators can manage at best the installed base of E-CO Flex quickly, safely, and effectively it is necessary to properly train them following a planned scheme.
On this purpose, IMA has created a wide range of digital solutions. The proposals aim to divide education into phases, designed to anticipate training where it is impossible to involve equipment, and exploit advanced technology where training can be carried out directly on the systems.
IMA Digital Trainings can be carried out in three different modes:
IMA develops and manufactures automatic machines for the processing and packaging of many markets. IMA E-Commerce designs and produces advanced packaging stations dedicated to on-line retail, offering innovative solutions to solve the complexities related to this fast-changing market.
IMA S.p.A. – E-COMMERCE Division
Via Emilia, 428-442
40064 Ozzano dell’Emilia (BO)
Intertape Polymer Group Inc. develops, manufactures and sales a variety of paper and film based pressure-sensitive and water-activated tapes, stretch and shrink films, protective packaging, woven and non-woven products and packaging machinery for industrial and retail use.
Intertape Polymer Group Inc.
100 Paramount Drive – Suite 300
Sarasota, FL 34232