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The Secret to Safe, Smooth
Conveying is Volkmann
to install and repair the used equipment the team purchased.
Scrappy from the start, Nettie's Kitchen has been hesitant to
take on large amounts of debt to make massive capital investments
in new equipment and production lines, so much of the
line has been pieced together. With every consultant and mechanic,
Mr. Del Prete and Mr. Lasser have shadowed to better
understand the machines and take ownership of them.
One of the biggest lessons they learned during those consultantions
was how to engineer the equipment to work for their
products, resulting in better efficiencies and less waste.
" We were just working around our equipment instead of
bringing in an engineer to fix it, " she said. " We need to take the
time to make the equipment work for our needs, really focus
on each piece of it and correcting it. But that takes time, and
we haven't had the convenience of having the lines be down,
which is a blessing and a curse. "
Operations have also improved as the team has learned how
to better set up production and incorporate more efficiencies.
In ingredient weighing and scaling, operators used to batch
sugar alcohols from totes using multiple buckets and cups.
" WE MOVED AWAY FROM COMANUFACTURERS
BECAUSE WE
DIDN'T WANT TO DEPEND ON
OTHERS AND TEACH THEM
HOW TO MAKE OUR BARS. "
Annette Del Prete, Nettie's Kitchen
Today, the batching table sits directly under the sugar alcohol
totes, which are lifted up and have spigots for easy dispensing.
" We also switched over to heated totes for our coconut and
palm oil, " Mr. DeLozier said. " Instead of having someone stab
and slice a brick of palm oil, it's all heated directly and on a
spigot like our sugar alcohols. I was using a sticker gun to put
the best by labels on product, and now we have a conveyor that
sends packaged products through a caddy printer that inkjets
the best by date and lot number on the product. "
It's these small changes that make a huge difference, Ms. Del
Prete added.
" They save so much time, multiple positions, and ultimately
money because of the efficiencies, " she said.
Nettie's Kitchen has big plans to fully automate two production
lines to unlock their capacity to support the growing private
label business as well as its ever-expanding presence in other
major retailers. With the help of an independent mechanic,
Nettie's Kitchen will install conveyors and a cooling tunnel to
automate transfers and the cooling process.
" We want to be able to go from the mixer to the hopper,
down the production line to decorating through a cooling tunnel
and into the flowwrapper, " Ms. Del Prete explained. " But it's
been a slow process because automation is all about timing and
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