Meadow Foods

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Butter  -  Carton  /  case  Palletiser 

 

 

 

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Client

Meadow Foods was established in 1992 as a farmer-backed milk buying and dairy trading business. They process a growing portfolio of dairy products including butter, cheeses and sweetened foods.

https://meadowfoods.co.uk/

 

Challenge

Meadow Foods enlisted the food sector expertise of Webster Griffin when commissioning a new palletiser and stretch wrapper for their boxes of butter.

Meadow Foods required a high speed, fully automatic solution to increase productive capacity in response to growing demand.

For this project the following system attributes were essential.

  • A fully automatic system to deliver maximum productivity whilst reducing the labour input required.
  • A high-speed solution was required to ensure a consistently high throughput  to meet production targets.
  • Automated conveyors to keep transitions smooth at the speeds needed to achieve the desired throughput.
  • Flexibility to cater to both 12.5kg and 25kg boxes on the same production line.

 

Solution

After inspecting the site and establishing objectives with the customer, Webster Griffin recommended a high speed palletising and stretch wrapping line. The system boasts the following key characteristics:

    • Okura A700 robot with heavy duty base.
    • Okura’s advanced OXPA-QmV “easy-teach” palletising software with capabilities to create unique palletising programs.
    • Colour Touch Screen HMI PLC control panel for complete control.
    • Vacuum type robot hand to pick and place filled boxes without damaging packaging, the design can pick up two boxes at a time meaning a faster process.
    • An Integrated system of mechanised conveyors for full automation.
    • On set of floor mounted guides for a pallet slip sheet and storage.
    • One heavy duty semi automatic stretch wrapper model Uniwrap 100S, configured for easy pallet removal using a standard fork lift truck.

Result

After a successful Webster Griffin led installation, Meadow Foods began to experience the benefits of their new acquisition.

  • Increased productivity, Meadow Foods are achieving a product throughput of up to 240 boxes an hour on their 25kg boxes and up to 360 boxes an hour on their 12.5kg boxes.
  • A reduction in labour dedicated to the line.
  • Neat, square pallets delivered through highly precise box lifting and placement.
  • Waterproofed pallets of product , easy to handle and sturdy enough to withstand transportation.

 

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