Controlling costs is one of your most important challenges as a business owner. Costs come in many forms, including product waste.
There are several forms of product waste, including pilfering by employees, sloppy practices that cause the product to be ruined or become unusable, and inadvertently giving out more product than intended in a package.
It’s important to find ways to solve any of these problems that are affecting your bottom line. It’s a problem that’s often overlooked or underestimated, but one that can have significant financial impact, especially over the course of a year.
Some practical attention to manufacturing practices can usually significantly reduce loss by sloppy practices, and pilfering can usually be managed by creating a process by which employees can gain access to your products. Most employees will use proper channels when these exist.
Loss through improper packaging can be remedied with a checkweigher. This equipment double checks the weight of your package before it is sealed. It is programed to know what weight parameters are acceptable and to reject those that do not meet those parameters.
Using a checkweigher is a simple way to ensure your packages contain the correct amount of product every time, ensuring there is no product loss from this method.
Adding a checkweigher to your process is efficient, as well. You don’t need to worry that this extra step will slow down your manufacturing process in any significant way. The extra minute or two required to use the checkweigher will be easily mitigated by the money you’ll save on product loss.
Talk with your automated packaging equipment vendor about including a checkweigher in your process. This is one of the simplest and most cost-effective things you can do to ensure you’re not inadvertently giving away your product.
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