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Elevated production increase output


Food
The investment in a new automated production flow solution has increased the output for the Swedish dairy producer, and made their production more flexible and cost-effective.

Challenge
To upgrade the existing conveyor systems to a more hygienic solution, while freeing up floor space. The entire installation needed to be done over a weekend.

Solution
An automated production flow solution with elevated conveyors.

Benefits
Increased capacity, and a more flexible and hygienic manufacturing process.

Clear communication

To understand the customer’s needs, FlexLink had a clear communication with the customer during the whole process. FlexLink delivered an automated production flow solution where the conveyors were elevated, to meet the need of more floor-space. The system delivered full flexibility between fillers and packers, according to the customer’s requirements. The flexibility meant that they could chose which packer that should be connected to which filler. This was required since the connections often change to meet the market’s needs. Trolleys, crates and cases are just a few examples of different packaging alternatives.

Planning is everything

To manage the short time plan, FlexLink started assembling the conveyors in the ceiling in advance, to save as much time as possible. When it was time to install the conveyors, everything was already in place, and the implementation was done according to schedule. A challenge when assembling the conveyors in the ceiling, was the limited space due to ventilation, pipes and pillars. Preparation, planning and communication were crucial for the success of this installation. 

“We chose FlexLink, and the communication with them throughout the project has been very good. We are very satisfied with selecting them as our supplier”, says the Technical Manager.

Higher flexibility in the dairy factory 

Due to the elevated conveyors, the dairy factory became more open and accessible. That resulted in the purchase of a new filler, which contributed to increasing the factory’s capacity. 

“The expected outcome of this installation was to gain floor space, and we really did. Elevating the conveyors made a big difference in our narrow premises. The available floor space got much bigger, actually bigger than expected. We have saved a lot of time for the operations since the employees’ can, in an easy way, move around in the factory. We have also been able to put in additional machines”, says the Technical Manager. 

The effects of their new conveyor system have increased their production, as well as lowered their maintenance costs, since the new system had a longer duration than the old. It has contributed to a higher reliability of supply, and a more effective cleaning process. Although a small company, these improvements gave the company a better chance to defend its position in the grocery stores’ dairy sections.