Is it Time for a Case Sealer?

Boxes and cases are a ubiquitous packaging and storage tool found in just about every warehouse and shipping operation across the world. Despite how incredibly helpful they are, constructing them, placing your products inside, and then securely sealing your box can be incredibly time consuming when done by hand. If you’ve been thinking about adding a case sealer, also referred to as a box sealer or carton sealer, to your process, here are some questions you may want to consider.  

  • How many boxes do you seal each day? Do you think this number will increase in the future? 
  • What is your current process for sealing your cartons? 
  • How many people does it take to construct and close one box? 
  • What kinds of cases do you use and seal? Are they uniformly sized or do they vary?  
  • Are your products fragile? Are they heavy? Do they require irregularly shaped boxes?  
  • Do you think you’d be able to increase the number of products you ship or produce each day if you automated your box sealing process? 
  • Have you dealt with product damage or theft while your items are in transit? Do you know the cause of that damage or theft? 

These are important questions to consider and your answers are even more important when thinking about automating your case sealing process. While you can continue to close and secure each box manually, an automated case sealer can vastly improve your productivity and throughput.  

When your team seals cartons one-by-one, they’ll likely need more time, use excessive amounts of tape, and won’t be able provide as secure a closure as a machine could. This results in loss of materials, wasted time, and, most significantly, extra costs for both materials and labor hours.  

Once you’ve carefully thought about each of the above questions, it’s time for you to decide if a case sealer is the right choice for your business. If you’re on the fence about the initial expense of automating your process, take a look at these advantages to using a box sealer: 

Increase Productivity: Your case sealer will be able to secure more boxes per minute than could ever be possible by hand. This means you’ll be able to box, seal, and ship more products in the same amount of time. 

Reduce Product Damage: Packaging materials like staples or strapping are more likely to harm the products inside each box. Tape securely protects your goods, as well as your bottom line, and looks good at the same time. 

Minimize Material Waste: With the help of a case sealing machine, you won’t need to double tape your boxes. They provide a secure closure with just one strip and will never overdo it with materials like a person manually closing each box tends to do.  

Fewer Employee Injuries and Less Downtime: Repetitive motion, like applying tape to boxes for extended periods of time, can cause body strain to an employee’s neck, back, or wrists. With a case sealer, you don’t have to worry about a person getting hurt. On top of this, automated box sealers are able to work faster and don’t require regular breaks.  

If you’re ready to take the leap and add a case sealer to your warehouse, there’s no better time than now. For more information on what kinds of tape work best with your machine or for your specific application, we can help with that too. All you need to do is fill out this form with your contact information and we’ll send you a free copy of our guide, “Choosing the Right Packaging Tape.” We look forward to hearing from you!