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Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Startups enabling Packaging Automation out of 495
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The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 495 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 packaging startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 490 packaging automation startups, get in touch.
Korpack manufactures Automatic Stretch and Shrink Wrappers
Product packaging is crucial as it is the first thing a consumer notices and, thus, needs to be attractive as well as consistent. However, manual packaging does not guarantee consistency despite it being a time-consuming process. Machines, on the other hand, offer fast, accurate, and consistent packaging as they operate in standardized settings. Besides, automated packaging also ensures proper product care. For example, a stretch wrapping machine wraps a product securely and keeps it safe from contamination. This increases the product’s durability and shelf life.
US-based startup Korpack develops automatic stretch and shrink wrappers. The shrink wrappers include turntable, horizontal, and vertical configurations. Additionally, the startup’s shrink-wrapping and case packing machines rely on external blank magazines for quick loads and carry out format changes electronically through brushless motors. Additionally, the machines support the wrapping of irregular shapes with low stability.
Top Pac automates Food Packaging
The food industry often has large and fluctuating demands for products or specific items, often depending on seasonality. To fulfill bulk orders, food companies require a high level of flexibility and delivery speed, including food packaging tasks. To tackle this problem, startups are offering packaging lines that automate the process, thus increasing the operational speed and allowing companies to take more orders, which in turn leads to more profit.
Australian startup Top Pac automates food packaging with its complete automatic lines that include thermoformers and tray sealers. It packs marinated items, cheese blocks, fresh pasta, sausages, and more. For example, the automatic line for the filling and packaging of marinated meat comprises the startup’s THERA thermoformer, thermal transfer printer, automatic sauce filling, vertical form fill seal (VFFS) unit for sauce pouches, as well as pick & place for sauce pouches. Finally, a special aligning system directly feeds the complete packs to the cartoning unit.
Shrijeta makes Automatic Pouch Packing Machines
Product packaging plays a key role in increasing the product’s shelf life. This is especially applicable for perishable fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) such as meat, dairy products, baked goods, and canned food. To ensure the proper packaging of such products, startups are manufacturing automatic pouch packing machines. With special motors and pistons, such equipment allows precise filing and vacuum sealing.
Shrijeta is an Indian startup that offers automatic pouch packing machines made for center sealing or 3 and 4 side sealing. Its collar-type center seal pouch packaging machine uses an auger as filler and a servo motor to allow for very precise filling. The machine is commonly used for filling and sealing non-free-flowing powders that are sticky or contain some oil or moisture, such as spices, milk powder, flour, etc. The multi-track sachet packing machine works with pistons or solenoid valves to automatically fill and seal liquid and paste products including shampoo, ketchup, oil, glue, creams, and so on.
NEXA System Engineering facilitates Robotic Packing and Labeling
Manual packaging is time-consuming and error-prone, thus increasing customer complaints. Hence, companies are turning to automation to increase the efficiency and quality of their packaging. To support such companies, startups are providing industrial robotics systems including selective compliance assembly robot arms (SCARA) and 6-axis robots. Packaging robots not only shorten the packaging cycle time but also significantly reduce the number of defects. Moreover, the implementation of human-machine interfaces (HMI) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems further improves the process.
Polish startup NEXA System Engineering offers robotic packing stations as well as labeling and marking systems. The packaging machines are based on Delta, SCARA, and 6-axis robots, thus allowing flexibility in production. The robotized systems cooperate with cartoners that fold or prepare cartons, labelers, and sealers. Depending on the type and shape of the unit packaging, the startup uses roller, belt, plate, and mesh conveyor systems. Additionally, through utilizing HMI, SCADA systems, and enterprise resource planning (ERP), NEXA automates individual marking combined with flow monitoring. This enables faster reaction in the case of failures, verification of the validity of complaints, and thorough control of the warehouse of raw materials and semi-finished products.
SourceHUB develops a Workflow Automation Software
Packaging involves many internal and external stakeholders such as manufacturers, staff working in the packaging stations, buyers, and so on. Moreover, it is very difficult to keep track of all the packaging specifications manually. This results in workflow inefficiencies that bog down the entire process. Therefore, to ensure fast delivery, digital record keeping and virtual collaboration are very important. To address this, startups are offering Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered software to automate and speed up the packaging workflow.
SourceHUB is a US-based startup developing an AI-based workflow automation software for packaging. It centralizes all packaging specification data and makes it accessible to internal and external stakeholders. Further, the startup provides a collaborative platform that gets packaging artwork from creation to delivery along with a record-specific messaging system. Additionally, SourceHUB also offers a global online marketplace that makes it convenient to find and qualify manufacturers.
Discover more Packaging Startups
Packaging startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on the Internet of Packaging, bulk packaging, and quality management. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the packaging industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more packaging technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free Packaging Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.