Fit-to-Size Auto-Boxing Tech Speeds Ecommerce Packaging Sustainably

By Rick Lingle in Case Packing Machinery on March 23, 2020

CVP Everest system auto-boxes 1,100 custom-fit packages per hour, reduces volumes up to 50%, eliminates void fill and up to 20 stations, and is run by one or two operators.

 

An innovative new system auto-boxes 1,100 custom-fit packages per hour, requires only one or two operators, and offers a patented closing technology for more efficient and sustainable packaging.

Packaging by Quadient, a provider of automated packaging solutions, introduced in January the CVP Everest system, a high-velocity automated packaging technology that measures, constructs, seals, weighs and labels each single- or multi-item order of soft or hard goods in one seamless process.

It uses a patented gluing system to affix a custom-fit lid to each package for a faster fulfillment process, which also allows packaging of smaller items that wouldn’t be possible with a tape-sealed system. In addition, the system offers single or dual induct stations with one or two operators to produce high-volume speeds and maximize operational efficiency while eliminating up to 20 packing stations.

No bundling or other preparation needs to be done for products ahead of box loading.

The system has a dual induct station for two operators to place products on the CVP, and both operators have a touchscreen HMI panel. It operates using Beckhoff Automation controls, Packaging Digest learned.

Keeping up with consumer demands, the CVP Everest prioritizes retailers’ efficiency and sustainability. It creates fit-to-size packages, reduces package volumes by up to 50%, cuts corrugate material by 20%, and eliminates void fill. The patented gluing system creates a fully corrugate package that’s more easily recycled compared to taped packages. By creating the smallest parcel possible, more orders can fit in each trailer, greatly reducing a retailer’s carbon footprint while saving significant time and money on packaging and shipping costs.

 

Reduction in labor, materials, and shipping costs.

 

“The main drivers for return-on-investment are reduction in costs of labor, materials, and shipping, which includes DIM weight,” Bas van Steenoven, global director of marketing, automated packaging solutions, tells Packaging Digest.

Depending on the customers’ volume of boxes produced per year, the projected ROI is typically less than two years, van Steenoven reports.

The new CVP Everest is in pilot operation at one of France’s largest e-commerce businesses.

“It was installed in August for peak-season production, producing approximately 700,000 boxes in a few months,” says van Steenoven, who calls the installation “a production-ready pilot system that’s of a higher starting quality then a typical beta system. Our customer is quite happy with the results so far, as the machine delivered what we promised and even more.

“As well, the pilot proves the reliability and robustness, based on components from the company’s CVP Impack, to be on high level as needed in this industry.”

The vendor does not yet have installations in North America, “although the interest from the market is very high,” van Steenoven says. “Because we just launched this solution in the US, we expect the first NA shipments of the system to be in the second half of 2020.”

To watch a video of the CVP Everest in action, click here.

Rick Lingle

Rick Lingle is senior technical editor of Packaging Digest. He’s been a packaging media journalist since 1985 specializing in food, beverage and plastic markets. He has a chemistry degree and has worked in food industry R&D for Standard Brands/Nabisco and the R.T. French Co. Reach him at [email protected] or 630-481-1426.

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