Elevated production increase output
The investment in a new automated production flow solution has increased the output for the Swedish dairy producer for further flexible and cost-effective production.
To understand the customer’s needs, FlexLink had clear communication with the customer during the whole process. FlexLink delivered an automated production flow solution with elevated conveyors to meet the need for more floor space. The system provided complete flexibility between fillers and packers, according to the customer’s requirements. The flexibility meant that they could choose which packer that should be connected to which filler. This option 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. Everything was already in place when it was time to install the conveyors, and the implementation was according to schedule. When assembling the conveyors in the ceiling, the limited space due to ventilation, pipes, and pillars was challenging. 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 excellent. We are delighted 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 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 operations; employees can now easily 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 and lowered their maintenance costs since the new system had a longer duration than the old one. It has contributed to 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.