With a customized packaging solution for ski manufacturer Atomic, the latter has significantly increased its productivity: thanks to a new packaging system, bulky products such as skis now run on the same line as gloves and helmets.
220 packages of various sizes per hour with the highest possible availability: these are the key figures of the new packaging process for Atomic Austria GmbH in Altenmarkt. The automated line was specially developed for Atomic for simultaneous packaging of cubic and long packages. With the new line, Atomic, the Austrian manufacturer of ski sports articles, has significantly increased its productivity. It also benefits from strengthened package robustness and an optimized process flow.
“We have been working reliably and successfully with Atomic since 2013,” says Frank Langerbeins, General Manager Sales D-A-CH at Packsize GmbH. Strong growth, online trade and B2B business had now required stronger automation and even higher productivity. “With efficient and specifically developed processes, we have now reached a new level together with Atomic. Bulky products like skis run on the same line as gloves and helmets,” explains Langerbeins.
One line for different products
From skis to ski boots and helmets to sportswear: Atomic’s products vary greatly in size, shape and weight. For safe and sustainable shipping, both more cubic and long packages should be optimally packed. PackLeap, joint brand of Packsize and Becker Sondermaschinenbau, mastered these process development and implementation challenges. A specially developed cutting machine was integrated into two parallel packaging lines.
The two lines are each comprised of a product preparation and support station, a semi-automatic case erector and a sealing machine including a label applicator. The implementation was accompanied by a significant increase in efficiency. The volume of packaged orders increased from 125 to 220 per hour, with fewer employees.