Posie Packer


Hydrating Farm Made Bouquets

Information given:

  • 45,000 farm made bouquets are received weekly to be converted to 3000 cases packed 15 bouquets per case
  •  labor cost including all employer costs are about $10.00/hr.
  •  presently an employee generates about 18 cases of finished bouquet per hour  in a manual system using bench operated guillotines
  • using a Posie Packer cutter, either bouquet organizer or wholesale underwater cutter, productivity is increased by 200 - 300 %.  This assumption is based on my experience as well as that of other customers.
Manual Operation Steps
Assumes 3 bouquets are cut per stroke of the guillotine, therefore 5 strokes per case.   Total time per case includes opening the box, evening up the bouquets, cutting, setting down till full pail count is reached, and putting into water.
Cost per case is 10.00 / 18 cases = 56 cents per case

Machine Aided Operation
At a 200% increase in productivity, output would be 36 cases per employee per hour. Cost per case would be 10.00 / 36 = .2775 cents per case
Weekly savings as compared to manual is - 3000 x .2775 = $832.50 weekly or $43,290.00 per year

At a 300% increase in productivity, output would be 48 cases per employee per hour.
Cost per case would be $10.00/48 = 21 cents per case
Weekly savings as compared to manual is - 3000 x .35 = $1,050.00 weekly or $54,600.00 per year

Cost of a Bouquet Organizer/Power Cutter about $14,600.00 C$ F.O.B Guelph
Cost of an underwater cutter is about $25,200.00 C$ F.O.B. Guelph
 
R.O.I on the Bouquet Organizer/Power Cutter
At 200% increase in productivity - 43,290 / 14,600 = 296.51%  - about 18 weeks
At 300% increase in productivity -  54,600 / 14,600 = 373.97% - about 14 weeks
 
R.O.I on the Underwater Cutter
At 200% increase in productivity - 43,290 / 25,200 = 171.79% - about 30 weeks
At 300% increase in productivity - 54,600 / 25,200 = 216.67% - about 24 weeks
Note: these savings are only for labour - does not include product savings about 2% of the value of the product cut
 
Based on these numbers, operating a "chop and plop" operation manually is a very expensive option.
The key to the operation is that the cutting system has a delivery system that can be used by several people at the same time maximizing productivity for all of them.  This 'elasticity of production capacity" is a feature that has been designed into all of Posie Packer's machinery.
 
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