Optimizing Efficiency is Not the Only Reason to Invest in Automation

Intertech Plastics’ continuous investments in innovative technology prove the value of automation. The Denver-based injection molding company continues its effort to standardize which optimizes their packaging operation and increases efficiency in their distribution channels while lowering the bottom line.

This is the fifth consecutive year Intertech has invested in new technology by adding five new all-electric Toyo injection molding machines and two new Wittmann top-entry robots to their facilities. They also constructed an automation cell for customized lid-closing. These upgrades will minimize the number defects and ensure on-time delivery which gives customers the exact performance the expect each and every time.

Intertech Plastics President, Jim Kepler, shares the significance of being able to provide that reliability and consistency to their customers: “If you are comfortable with your standing in this industry, you quickly become obsolete. Innovation is not limited to the production floor. Intertech is looking to do more with less from the front office to our loading docks, and everywhere in between.”

DCL Logistics is also seeing remarkable enhancements from the installment of a direct-to-consumer automation system. The logistics leader chose Universal Robots because of their interchangeable ability so that they can customize to their customers’ needs and its flexibility to integrate well into their current workforce.

Packaging Digest shared detailed metrics from a case study on its impact to DCL’s business. Results from the addition of Universal Robots’ UR10e cobot include: “500% efficiency increase, 50% labor savings, a three-month return on investment (ROI), and 100% order accuracy.”

That efficiency allows DCL to lower the bottom line allows and offer lower prices to their customers. “The robotic system can do what an entire team of five people would in do an entire day within two hours,” says Chief Revenue Officer, Brian Tu. “We can lower pricing by as much as 40% which we pass on to our customers. Our accuracy has increased from 99.5 percent to a hundred percent while the robots been in productions.”

With plans to add more robots to each of these operations, companies will have to invest in automation as the competition thrives on optimizes efficiency to provide better offerings to their customers.

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