By managing the packaging process throughout the many layers of the order and packing process, packaging software facilitates a streamlined workflow with optimal packaging execution. PackNet software, by Packsize, can be integrated with an existing warehouse management system (WMS) to automatically control the packaging process from beginning to end. The following diagram maps out how the different operations—or layers—in your warehouse can be automated by packaging software. We’ll be spending the rest of the blog post covering each layer in-depth.
At the beginning of the order and packing process, packaging software can work with an existing WMS to automatically pick the right packaging machine system (if using multiple), and calculate the best packaging for each shipment, taking the guesswork out of selecting a pre-made carton or envelope.
Software modules can be added to a packaging software platform to further increase functionality and performance. Along with PackNet, a dimensioning software module functions as a database to store basic product attributes like length, width, height, and the description of the product. Additionally, a cubing software module can expand the ability for multiple items to be packed into a single shipment. Weight can also be measured, stored, and used to produce shipping labels.
PackNet.DIM. and PackNet.Cube. software modules automate packaging size and type decisions via an intuitive and easy-to-use interface.
Production and optimization software that is fully integrated with packaging machine systems gives users the ability to reliably package and ship right-sized single- and multi-item orders, creating a completely efficient box-making experience. For more complex packaging requirements, Packsize box design experts can assist in quickly creating or altering designs to work with customer needs.
CADPack Designer. software provides the flexibility to design and create custom packaging.
Workflow Systems & Interface Controls
By managing machine groups, packaging software can prioritize and give visibility to your packaging production. Orders are paired with the right box style, the correct corrugated, and at the right induction point.
PackNet enables Right-sized Packaging on Demand. technology to run single machines or orchestrate box production across multiple machines.
An accurate reporting module can analyze data collected from the software platform and provide detailed reporting to assist in making data-driven decisions about the packaging process. These reporting analytics provide raw data and analyses on a variety of report metrics and views, such as productivity.
PackNet.Report. provides business intelligence for packaging performance, sustainability, achievement, and cost control.
Adding Software to Your Automation
Since levels of automation and process flows vary widely in each unique packaging environment, the software solution will also vary, requiring a platform that can be easily integrated and customized. One of our experienced automation experts can assist in analyzing workflows, product types, data, box designs, and equipment to customize a complete On Demand Packaging® solution for you.
As the only On Demand Packaging provider with a full spectrum of advanced and automated packaging systems, Packsize brings you the expertise to address any packaging environment and workflow.
This blog post is an excerpt from our latest e-book: “The Complete Guide to Packaging Automation.” If you’re interested in reading more, you can download the complete e-book here for free.