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Warehouse Packing Stations

What is a Packing Station?

In warehousing and order fulfillment, a warehouse packing station is an essential workstation used to package goods for shipping. Packing stations are designed to streamline the process of packaging and preparing orders for shipment. They serve as centralized hubs where orders are carefully packed, labeled, and secured for safe transportation to customers.

Packing stations usually consist of a workbench with shelves or gravity flow tracks designed to store the materials used to prepare orders to be packed and shipped. Packing supplies such as boxes, envelopes, packing paper, and tape can be stored on packing stations in easy-to-reach locations. Tools like scanners, scissors, tape measures, utility knives, and tape guns are often organized and hung on the packing station for quick and easy access.

By centralizing all packing activities in a dedicated workstation, packing stations help improve efficiency, accuracy, and organization during the order fulfillment process. Packing stations are commonly integrated with  a conveyor system to streamline the movement of packed orders to the shipping area or loading docks. When a packing station is properly connected to a conveying system, boxes ready to be shipped can be immediately transported to the shipping area. This helps to save both time and money within your operation.

Where are Packing Stations Used?

Packing stations can be found at various points in the supply chain, from the warehouse to the retail store. The location of packing stations depends on several factors, including the size and layout of the facility, the volume of orders processed, and the type of products shipped. 

In a warehouse or eCommerce fulfillment center, packing stations are typically located in the order fulfillment area, where orders are assembled and packed for shipping. Packing stations are an essential part of the order fulfillment process, and they help to ensure that workers pack orders accurately and efficiently. Retail stores often have a dedicated packing area in the backroom where workers use packing stations to fill online orders for pickup or shipping.

By providing a dedicated and organized workspace for packers, packing stations help to reduce errors and improve productivity.

Boost Efficiency and Productivity with Optimized Packing Stations

An inefficient packing station can create bottlenecks and slow down the order fulfillment process. However, a well-designed and optimized packing station solution offers significant benefits for warehouses and distribution centers. Streamlining your packing stations with the right storage and material handling solutions can help solve the following challenges:

  • Time-Consuming Order Packing: Inefficient packing station layouts and lack of organization can lead to excessive time spent searching for supplies and tools. Optimized packing stations with dedicated storage for all necessary materials and easy access to tools can significantly reduce packing time.
  • Inaccurate Order Fulfillment: Disorganized packing stations increase the risk of errors, such as incorrect products being shipped or improper packaging. Well-organized packing stations with clear labeling and efficient workflows help ensure order accuracy and minimize costly mistakes.
  • Wasted Space and Inefficient Workflows: Poorly designed packing stations can result in wasted space and inefficient movement of products and materials. Modular and customizable packing station solutions maximize space utilization and create seamless workflows, reducing bottlenecks and improving productivity.
  • Ergonomic Issues and Worker Fatigue: Traditional packing stations often require excessive bending, reaching, and lifting, leading to ergonomic issues and worker fatigue. Ergonomically designed packing stations with adjustable heights, integrated storage, and gravity-fed material handling solutions minimize physical strain and improve worker safety and morale.

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UNEX FlowCell Modular Packing Stations

FlowCell packing stations are proven to increase efficiency within high-volume operations by seamlessly integrating packaging with other facility areas. Connecting order picking to packing and packing to shipping and receiving starts with building a modular FlowCell packing station. Integrating a FlowCell packing station into your operation will ensure an ergonomic and well-organized workspace for all packaging tasks. FlowCell packing stations will increase space utilization by up to 50% and boost productivity in your packaging operation.

Packing stations can be outfitted with various accessories, such as roll storage stands that hold wrapping paper, bubble wrap, or foam. Overhead toolbars can allow scanners, task lights, and other tools to be within reach. Adding carton flow tracks like SpanTrack lane or SpanTrack wheel bed will provide a place to store orders ready to be packaged.

Connecting your packing and shipping areas with a simple gravity conveyor system reduces bottlenecks and eliminates worker travel time. Thus creating a seamless integration between order picking, packaging, and the loading dock.

Galvanized steel workbenches are available in 12″ or 18″ deep. Tools, lighting, and other accessories can be attached to the packing station with an overhead toolbar. 4” casters (rigid or swivel) can be added to make your packing station mobile. Tailor flexible and modular packing stations to the unique needs of your operation.

Improve Efficiency and Space with Durable Packing Station Solutions

UNEX manufactures engineered-to-order space-optimized packing station solutions that can meet the unique requirements of just about any facility. Our packing stations are ideal for any size operation, from large-scale distribution centers and 3PL warehouses to retail operations with smaller order fulfillment areas.

UNEX designs engineered-to-order packing stations to meet the needs of even the most demanding operations. Our versatile and durable modular workstation solution, FlowCell, can be configured to suit your specific packaging needs. UNEX packing stations can be flexibly designed as needed, bringing efficiency and productivity to the packing operation.

By integrating FlowCell modular workstations with SpanTrack carton flow racks, operations can maximize efficiency and accelerate productivity. Additionally, incorporating gravity conveyors creates a seamless workflow that enhances throughput and expedites the fulfillment process from picking to packing to shipping. Boost efficiency and productivity with a customized, well-organized packing station built specifically for your application. Ready to improve your packing operations? Build a solution today. 


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UNEX FlowCell Modular Packing Station


FlowCell flow racks are modular, dynamic storage units designed for a facility's unique operation. Our durable and portable workstations maximize efficiency and space for packing areas, lineside storage, sub-assembly stations, supermarket racks, modular mobile carts, and more.

Additional Benefits Of FlowCell Include:

  • Increase space utilization by up to 50%
  • Boost production efficiency by up to 30%
  • Keep the warehouse floor organized
  • Minimize reaching and improve ergonomics by reducing injury and fatigue
UNEX Gravity Conveyor Solutions

Gravity Conveyors

Durable, efficient gravity conveyors move all types of loads throughout a facility. Our extensive line of roller and wheel conveyor solutions are easy to install, made to order, and proven to increase warehouse efficiency and throughput significantly.

Additional Benefits Of Gravity Conveyors Include:

  • Replace high-maintenance solutions with rugged, low-maintenance gravity conveyors
  • Save time and money with lengths manufactured to the inch
  • All steel construction for increased durability
  • Improve efficiency and throughput
UNEX SpanTrack Lane Carton Flow Solution

SpanTrack Lane

SpanTrack Lane is an innovative carton-flow solution that drops into new or existing pallet rack structures to create an efficient, reliable, and durable flow system. Depend on a robust and sturdy solution for even the most active warehouses and assembly plants.

Key benefits of Spantrack include:

  • Ensure FIFO inventory rotation
  • Reduce worker travel time by up to 75%
  • Optimized for product stacking
  • Industry-leading 7-year warranty
UNEX SpanTrack Wheel Bed Carton Flow Solution

SpanTrack Wheel Bed

SpanTrack Wheel Bed is a flexible carton flow solution that drops into new or existing pallet rack structures to create the ultimate gravity flow rack system for order picking operations, manufacturing facilities, and more. 

Additional Benefits Of Spantrack Wheel Bed Include:

  • Hex hub wheel design for optimal flow
  • Store products with a wide variation in size and weight
  • Increase flexibility for inventory slotting with 90% left to right bay usage
  • Replenish inventory from the back without interrupting the process in front
UNEX Pick Shelves High-Density Storage Solution

Pick Shelves

Tilted pick shelves significantly improve SKU visibility, resulting in faster order picking and more comfortable, precise picks for workers. Our easy-to-mount pick shelves are customizable and fit perfectly in racks and on workstations.

Additional Benefits Of Pick Shelves Include:

  • Integrate slow movers into the pick line to save space and increase efficiency
  • Eliminate the dead zone
  • Accelerate pick rates
  • Provide clear visibility and accessibility at the pick point and improve worker comfort

More Applications

Industrial Workstations

Manufacturing Supermarkets

Order Picking

Warehouse Storage

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