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CenturyYuasa Batteries reduces packing time by 90%

By switching from a manual to an automatic strapping procedure, the CenturyYuasa Power Systems division has saved over 20 hours of manual labour each week and reduced downtime by 90%. 

 The Power Systems division of  CenturyYuasa has been delivering industrial DC Power Systems to the telecommunication and power industries for 30 years.

The CenturyYuasa Power Systems division manufactures and transports highly complex pieces of equipment from its head distribution centre in Brisbane to remote clients such as Ergon and Energex. 

15 years ago, Signet observed a bottleneck in the Power Systems division’s processing and packing area, resulting in a lag between manufacturing and distribution. 

At the time, pallets containing CenturyYuasa products were wrapped and then strapped four times to ensure they were secure and safe to travel. The team used a manual strapping method to prepare over 100 pallets each week, which was slowing down the processing line and taking up floor space in the holding area. 

“Our old method was slowing us down, so when Signet suggested a more efficient way, it was a no-brainer for us. It now takes us three seconds to tighten and seal the strap with the sonic weld as opposed to one minute.” Stuart Forde, CenturyYuasa National Industrial Warehouse Manager.

The Signet sales team introduced CenturyYuasa to a hand-held automatic strapping tool to use in combination with PET strapping to help alleviate the congestion. The combined solution reduced strapping time by 90% – approximately 20 hours of manual labour each week, while reducing the risk of injury.


The sonic weld feature of the hand-held machine means the plastic straps bond without the need for buckles and crimping.


“Just as we work with our clients to ensure they are doing the best they can in their operations, Signet works with us on regular improvement processes to identify any issues or opportunities for improvements.” 

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With a multitude of benefits, such as increased worker safety and operational efficiency, more businesses are moving towards automatic systems. At the forefront of technology and innovation in its industry, CenturyYuasa understands the importance of automation in its operations. 

“The time it took to get the team to adopt a new way of doing things was minimal to the benefits and efficiency we won. We now use Signet strapping tools in our Motive Power, Automotive Warehouse and our SSR build area and have seen an improvement in supply chain efficiency across the board.”

If you’d like to speak to a Signet team member about implementing an automated solution for your business, call us on 13 7446, email, or Live Chat with us by visiting

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