A fully automated packaging system is optimized for high speeds and minimal human involvement.
These solutions are best for companies that run a high number of products with relatively low variation.
A fully automated line could include things like equipment to feed the product to the system, a scale to
weigh the product, and a machine to place the product into bags. Automated systems provide a high level
of accuracy and consistency, but require a larger upfront investment.
A semi-automatic packaging system still requires a substantial level of human labor. For example, a company
could use an automated scale to weigh the product, but require a human to dispense the product into bags
and seal them. Semi-automatic packaging lines are a great place to start if you're not quite ready for full automation.
In many cases, individual pieces of a semi-automatic line can be integrated at a later date with other equipment to create
a fully automated system. Overall, semi-automatic packaging lines have a much lower cost of entry, but are slower and less
accurate than fully automated systems.