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PACKAGING
Collecting
all pertinent
information about
a bakery's needs
leads to a welldesigned
line.
AMF Bakery Systems
Accumulation systems include bulk bin storage or
using a series of conveyors. This is another place where
bakers might need to get creative if space is tight.
" They actually can go vertical like on a gondola, " said
Kelly Meer, product manager, Syntegon. " There's microbuffering:
I need to buffer for 30 seconds. ... And there's
macro-buffering: My system is down for five minutes.
That doesn't seem like a lot, but if you're making 10,000
crackers a minute, where do they go? "
The other option is having backups that can either
take over or increase capacity if one packaging line
goes down.
" When we look at a solution, we look at how do we
ensure there's enough redundancy, " Mr. Weddleton said.
" If it's a two-wrapper solution and one wrapper goes
down, is the other wrapper capable of picking up the
volume off that other line? "
Several scenarios can pop up and create bottlenecks
along bakery and snack lines, from people to product
and process. The key is to know what can go wrong and
work to avoid those problems.
" Oftentimes a bottleneck is the operator, " Mr. Meer
said. " Let's say they have an outstanding operator who
runs that system, and it's great. But then that person is
sick or can't come to work. ... So the challenge is: When
they're not available, who's going to step in? "
This points to the critical importance of good training.
Packaging companies offer onsite training, videos
and much more these days, including virtual reality and
augmented reality technologies.
" Augmented reality is not only a tool that helps our
customers fix things through remote support, but an
equally powerful tool to conduct training sessions with
them so they can have more meaningful hands-on training
remotely, " Ms. Johnson said. The other side of the
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coin is ensuring that machines are easy to operate so
new workers can quickly learn how to run them properly.
Companies are striving to design controls that are
operator friendly.
" We want to keep the HMI, the interface for the operator,
simple and intuitive, " said Andreas Schildknecht,
senior project manager, robotics, Syntegon. " The complexity
is somewhere in the machine, but you as a manufacturer/operator,
you should have simple tasks, simple
communication with the machine. "
The automated solution
Automating packaging can help solve the bottleneck of
too few workers and help lines move products quickly
and smoothly. But it isn't without its own challenges.
Companies must be willing to understand limitations
and make changes.
" Their box size might have to change, or their case
count might have to change, " Mr. Becker said. " And that
just drives additional supply chain complexities. "
In addition, automated systems can often perform
one process very well, but they often can't handle multiple
products and configurations, Mr. Gunnell said.
" Sometimes the best solution is semi-automating, " he explained.
" Maybe you can take parts of the process and automate
that but then use some of the people to do the process
and have a hybrid automation that will help them be more
efficient but still give them the flexibility they need. "
Ensuring good, consistent quality inputs can help
packaging run smoothly, said Peter Fox, senior vice
president of sales, North America, Somic America. For
example, corrugated board warpage can be detrimental
to consistent blank handling, so the company has developed
specific modules to overcome any variations.
And working with flexible packaging, such as a stand
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