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An American manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies was looking to increase throughput in their packaging operations. The manufacturer’s initial idea was to continue using water-activated tape. Shorr leveraged its industry expertise and relationships with best-in-class suppliers to implement efficient packaging practices, and equipment including 80 units of the 3M-Matic™ Random Case Sealer 7000r High Speed Pro, system tape head agreements, and switching to Scotch® Box Sealing Tape 371. These changes increased productivity while reducing cost and labor, which allowed the customer to redistribute operators to higher-value-added tasks.

Reduced packaging cost by 20%

Shorr’s experience and collaboration with 3M delivered significant results.

The relationship began when Shorr’s packaging expert was working with the healthcare manufacturer’s engineering team to increase throughput.

  • The customer needed a solution that would allow them to seal various box sizes without running batches.
  • The customer was looking to increase packaging operation throughput.
  • The customer required a reliable solution to apply tape to partial overlap boxes.

Shorr collaborated with 3M to convert all locations to the 3M-Matic™ Random Case Sealer 7000r Pro.

Shorr’s packaging expert suggested leveraging random case sealers to optimize and automate the healthcare manufacturer’s packaging processes. The analysis uncovered that the customer’s reliance on water-activated tape was not the most efficient solution. Shorr determined switching to Scotch® Box Sealing Tape 371 would increase quality and productivity.

Leveraging 3M-Matic™ Case Sealers and System Tape Head Agreements enabled increased productivity while activating cost savings.

The healthcare manufacturer decided to implement 3M-Matic™ 7000r case sealers because of the height and random case-sealing capabilities that accommodate the various-sized boxes currently being used. The customer can now be more efficient and consistent in the tape application. This allowed for an uptick in production speed and reduced the cost of material usage.

Increased throughput by 15%

Shorr and 3M partnered to develop a strategy that prioritized three key results for the customer.

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Increased packaging throughput
The transition to the 3M-Matic™ Random Case Sealer 7000r Pro increased productivity by 15%.

Cost savings
Converting multiple locations to 3M-Matic™ Random Case Sealer 7000r Pro and implementing 3M’s system tape agreements delivered a cost savings of 20%.

Labor reallocation
The automated lines allowed the customer to reallocate some of the labor previously needed to seal the corrugated boxes manually. This allowed the customer to have workers focus on higher-value-added tasks.

3M, 3M-Matic, AccuGlide, and Scotch are trademarks of 3M Company.

*Rebate amount determined by equipment purchase price and tape pallet or roll quantity purchased. Connect with a Shorr Packaging Specialist for full details. Program valid only for purchases by U.S. customers.

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