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PROVIDE PACKAGING VARIETY WITH
THE LEAST AMOUNT OF LABOR
speed of the line, and everything is running well, and I
don't have a problem. "
Mr. Dalbec said AMF Bakery Systems' interface software
provides maintenance support by allowing the
bakery to program its own maintenance schedule on the
machine based on run time, units or other factors.
" The OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) screen
can be reduced to identify main downtime causes and
get information on which components fail more, " he
said. " Thus, you can adjust your preventive maintenance
schedule accordingly. We also provide an isometric visual
representation of the machine with its components,
and by clicking on one, you will pull out component information
like part numbers or suppliers. The machine
can pull its operation manual from the web. "
Mr. Izquierdo mentioned that QR codes on machines
commonly link to videos or additional information to
speed up maintenance or even have operators fix a simple
problem.
" You take your phone, and it tells you what to check
to fix it when you scan it, " he said. " It shows you how to
tighten screws or pull out a component to check if there
is a jam. "
To simplify maintenance and cleaning, Cavanna
Packaging USA combined enhanced sanitary design
with poka yoke, which is the Japanese engineering principle
where equipment is designed for quick assembly
and disassembly.
At Pack Expo, Bill Kehrli, the company's vice president
of sales and marketing, demonstrated how to prepare
a conveyor for cleaning by pushing levers, releasing
the belt and lifting it up.
" We are building lines across the board that are geared
toward inexperienced operators so they can take apart
and clean the equipment with no tools, " he said.
Greater reliability also emerges as a top issue in
PMMI's automation report. CPGs rank longer warranty
periods and longer-term service contracts near the top
of their wish lists from equipment suppliers.
Packaging suppliers are responding in kind.
" We are transitioning our design toward increased reliability
and trying to minimize machine breakdowns, "
Mr. Dalbec said.
As bakery production rates increase, he added, so
does the amount of waste. A bread line running just
60 loaves a minute, for example, loses 300 loaves during
a 5-minute breakdown. Mr. Dalbec noted that AMF
is conducting more finite element analysis simulations,
design failure modes and effective analysis studies to enhance
reliability on newer equipment.
With the labor shortage and the need for greater capacity,
keeping it simple is the smartest way to solve
problems and drive efficiency in the long run.
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Snack makers are feasting on perhaps the biggest labor-saving
innovation that involves the automation of variety packs. In the
past, it often took an assembly line of a dozen people or more
spending hours repetitively picking and placing bags to create
them.
" During the last two years, the requests for automating variety
packs have exploded, " said Jason Hogue, southeast sales
manager, BluePrint Automation (BPA). " On a monthly basis, I
get more requests for variety packs than anything else. "
Now there are options that make the process much less
laborious. BPA offers a popular system where snack producers
initially fill large containers of single-serve packs of snacks and
store them until they're ready to create variety packs. Then, Mr.
Hogue said, they just dump the contents of the entire container
into the BPA feeder. The system singulates those bags into
a single-file line that conveys them to a robot, a gatekeeper, a
simple drop gate or even to a human to load multiple flavors
into a box or bag.
Julia Casey, chief marketing officer, TNA Solutions, noted
automation of a complicated variety pack requires significant
planning and project management upfront before any investments
are made.
" When feeding primary bags to a variety pack, snack
producers need to ensure that all primary bagmakers can
maintain the same output as each other on the line with a different
mix of product flavors requiring a strict percentage split
in the variety pack, " she said. " You cannot have stations on the
primary line running faster or slower than each other. "
To ensure the output of primary bagmakers are feeding a
variety pack line at an even rate, snack producers must coordinate
the flow of packages.
" When the TNA robags are set in motion, they are automatically
tuning themselves to achieve a target of 100% efficiency
constantly, " she said.
To provide versatility and drive efficiency, Heat and Control's
ACP 701 automatic case packer can handle taped cases with
a top and bottom seal or push lock/slat lock cases with a locking
bottom and top that allows them to be reused, noted Jeff
Almond, industry manager, snack food packaging.
" Some snack customers have a direct-store delivery supply
system and want to reuse cases, so we have the ability to take
those cases back, " he said. " The machine is robust enough to
handle cases that do five or six or seven turns. "
Schubert offers more versatile robotic systems that provide
multitasking and labor savings.
" Now we can deploy flexible lines where we can denest
a tray, load products into trays using vision-based, pick-andplace
robots, and flowwrap the trays seamlessly, " explained
Julian Conway, sales account manager, Schubert North
America. " Now you have one standalone piece of equipment
that has flexibility and can do up to three different operations
in one. "
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