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Packaging line creates custom-size boxes

Outdoor pursuits specialist retailer Internet Fusion Group has ambitions to be a front runner on sustainability and packaging at its Kettering warehouse.

It has invested in two CVP-500 automated packaging machines from Neopost Shipping that use recyclable fibreboard. The machines enable one operator to pack single or multiple items into a snug fit-to-size box at a rate of up to 450 packages/hour.

The operator simply places the item/s to be packed on the machine and scans the order. The system conveys the information to a 3D scanner that calculates the minimum box size required.

The fibreboard is then cut and folded to create a snug fit around the goods and tape is applied on just two sides to secure the package. An in-line scale checks the weight and the package is finally conveyed to a label printer where a carrier-compliant label is created and applied.

The whole process takes just 30 seconds, with a custom-made box configured every seven seconds.

Significant cost savings are  made from lower shipping volumes and materials such as void-fillers and fibreboard. One machine typically replaces eight to 16 packing stations.

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