E-commerce has become a vital part of the retail industry and it is projected to continue its growth in the coming years.
With over 60 years of experience in automated packaging solutions, IMA has established strong technological roots to usher in a new era of packaging.
E-CO Flex - E-fulfillment packaging station
The first machine introduced on the market is the E-CO Flex: this pack station consolidates multiple stations into a single unit, improving productivity, efficiency, and profitability while also supporting green initiatives and reducing plant space needs compared to current multi-pack station setups. For the first time on show at INTERPACK 2023.
The E-CO Flex simplifies E-fulfillment 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 then close it.
The E-CO Flex is fruit of a partnership with the American based Company Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (“IPG”), a global leader of packaging and protective solution, which provided the Water-Activated Tape (WAT) closure technology featured in the machine.