Streamlined production flow of cheese
A Polish manufacturer of mould and fresh cheese wanted to improve its packaging lines to decrease total cost, streamline the production flow, as well as improve safety and working conditions.
High hygiene standards
FlexLink used three different systems to create the solution. The first was in the clean zone for transporting the cheese from overwrapping machines to a collective packing zone. This area requires high hygiene standards, and at the same time, they must incorporate the combined streams of products from different machines. Damage to the products, for instance, resulting from queuing or blockage, needed to be avoided. The developed solution is based on a modular stainless steel conveyor system that is easy to clean and gentle on cheese products.
The second system is for handling empty cartons from the carton folding machines to the packing stations. This bespoke conveyor solution features a stable elevation of the very light cartons for overhead distribution to the packaging stations. In the end, gravity chutes with intelligence then release cartons to the packaging stations according to demand.
End of line
Finally, the third system transports packaged cheese from the packaging stations to the central palletizing station. The solution is based on wide, modular belt conveyors and sophisticated controls. FlexLink developed a special tunnel to inhibit thermal exchange between the cold store and the packing area, which is good for hygiene, power consumption, and the operators’ working environment.
“The cooperation with FlexLink has been impeccable from the very beginning. From the date the customer chose the offer to the completion of the investment, all work was conducted according to the established schedule. The solutions offered by FlexLink unclogged the packing area by introducing the upward system of transportation of the packed products. This improved safety levels and work conditions in the packing area. Moreover, it allowed us to reduce the number of people involved in the packaging process,” says the company's Project Manager.