AGV’s Help Make More ‘Dough’ For Unibake.
International Bakery Supplier Automates Production With AGVs.
International Bakery Supplier Automates
Production With AGVs.
The Danish company Lantmännen Unibake has instantaneously streamlined its production process after implementing an AGV solution. The company’s trialling period of using the driverless forklift truck means that the bread producer can be confident in knowing our AGVs can deliver consistent results on a daily basis.
Lantmännen Unibake were looking for a way to automate repetitive processes around the factory whilst reducing labour costs to consequently save money and streamline it’s production area.
The company had been unable to find the right solution until the Plant Manager - Søren Kristensen, was presented with our proposal: “We had seen many solutions over the past few years, but never such a simple solution as this, which we’ve now decided on. And it is definitely preferable in a production process like ours.”
Lantmännen heard about our demo-concept, which enables companies to try out one of our Self-Driving Forklift Trucks over a three-month period to see the various ways it can help streamline your business. According to Søren Kristensen, this valuable concept gave them the confidence to try out our AGV solution in its own production environment to clarify whether it would meet their needs before purchasing. The Plant Manager says that Implementing the AGV was an easy process. “AGVs are very easy to install and set in motion, which is very advantageous for us".
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Tulip Removes Work Injury Hazards Using The Palomat®
The manual lifting of pallets has been eliminated at the Shipping Department of the Tulip retail packing centre in Herning (DK). Pallet handling is now automated with a PALOMAT® Greenline. This has created better workflow, which has also ended related work injuries.
The employees at Tulip’s Shipping Department were sceptical at first when Factory Manager Dennis Harder Sørensen introduced a new Greenline pallet magazine from PALOMAT®. However, after a short period of time, the employees were very happy with the automated pallet stacker/ de-stacker.
The department handles up to six tonnes of pallets a day, which previously had to be lifted manually and it was taking a physical toll on employees.
Previously the pallets had to be tipped manually from a stack of 12–13 pallets, which was physically strenuous for our employees. Fortunately, that’s now a thing of the past, because now have a fully automated palletising system that has removed the heavy lifting."
The factory manager says that the new palletising system has of course changed the employees’ workflow but we have retained the same volume as before. The Greenline pallet magazine is actually a cheap solution, and it is a valuable investment for our employees, who now have a better working environment, where they are exposed to fewer work injuries.
No more work injuries
Greenline is a fully automated pallet magazine that handles all pallets at floor level. All employees need to do is insert or remove the empty pallets using a forklift truck or hand pallet truck, and the palletising system does the stacking and destacking.
The employees in Tulip’s Shipping Department had previously experienced back injuries. This included production employee Jonas Christensen, who was forced to stay at home at the beginning of 2018 because of an injured back. He is already back working in the department, where he is benefiting from the new pallet magazine:
Before I would get tired after a long working day but this here – it just works. I don’t have a sore back anymore and I don’t even feel any discomfort after my accident. I’m really satisfied with the new pallet magazine here on the site. It‘s not very often you see a new machine being well received, but this one was". Says Jonas Christensen.
Dennis Harder Sørensen thinks the automated palletising system has eliminated the risk of back injuries at Tulip’s Shipping Department and has resulted in employees who are more satisfied.
The pallet magazine minimises inconvenience and prevents potential injuries among our employees, who also tell us that they are less tired when they return home from work. So overall, the automation of pallet handling has created a better working environment at our factory and given us happier employees", says Dennis Harder Sørensen.
Solution: PALOMAT® Greenline
- Space for 15 EUR-pallets
- All stacking/de-stacking takes place at floor level
- 100 % electric – 230 W plug and play solution
PALOMAT® Greenline benefits at Tulip:
- An improved working environment
- Employees who are more satisfied
- Reduced number of work injuries
Reliance Industries: Mobile Jumbo Big Bag Filling Machine for J3 Expansion
Reliance Industries, probably the world's largest manufacturer of plastics and petrochemicals choose Webster Griffin to engineer and manufacture a mobile jumbo bag filling system for their J3 expansion project, Jamnagar, Gujarat.
Reliance Industries owns businesses across India engaged in energy, petrochemicals, textiles, natural resources, retail, and telecommunications.
Webster Griffin manufactures specialised bag-filling machinery, designed for packaging and transporting commodities such as plastics, chemicals and food on an industrial scale.
Its largest market is India, thanks to its repeat business with Reliance Industries, India’s largest publicly listed company.
In 2016, UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency, provided Reliance with a £300m line of credit to help fund construction work on its refinery in Jamnagar.
Crucially, UKEF financing was provided on the condition that Reliance sourced goods and work on the project from the UK. This resulted in more than 100 additional opportunities for UK companies, including Webster Griffin, which received a £700,000 export contract supplying the UKEF-backed Jamnagar project.
This represented significant revenue for Webster Griffin. However, each of its machines are custom-designed and take over a year to make; the delay between winning, delivering and getting paid for a contract can put pressure on the company’s cashflow.
Reliance offered an advance payment to help finance the cost of staff and supplies, but requested advance payment and performance guarantees in return. Such guarantees provide security for overseas buyers and are a common requirement for securing export contracts.
While Webster Griffin’s bank, HSBC, was willing to issue the guarantees, the deposits required in return would have tied up the company’s cashflow, which it needed to fulfil the contracts.
Fortunately, UKEF was able to help with this as well. Under its Bond Support Scheme, UKEF guaranteed 80% of the value of the advance payment and performance guarantees, allowing HSBC to issue the bonds with reduced deposits.
Mark Wilson, Director of Webster Griffin, commented: “Working with UKEF has been incredibly easy and has helped us secure millions of pounds’ worth of export contracts. Its support is so valuable to UK companies with a strong international focus like ours.”
Thanks to UKEF, Webster Griffin was able to hold onto vital cash, which it could use to pay its staff and suppliers prior to completion, securing hundreds of thousands of pounds’ worth of revenue and supporting around 50 jobs in the South East and around the UK.
Peacock Salt Fits New FFS System
Webster Griffin has recently successfully installed a Form Fill Seal bagging system at Peacock Salt based in Port Ayr, Scotland.
The system utilises the latest technology to deliver a throughput up to 1,000 bags an hour for varying bag sizes from 3kg to 25kg. The system is controlled by a highly sophisticated HMI control panel complete with touchscreen to ensure consistent high-speed bagging of Peacock’s Salt Rock Salt product.