For a leading industrial cookie producer in the Netherlands, the strategic focus has always been on optimization, requiring the manufacturer to implement lean and efficient processes and invest in intelligent automation solutions.
The vast range of products offered has one requirement in common – they are all delicate, fragile and perishable products that need delicate handling. Production machines and especially material handling equipment need to enable operators to carry out fast changeovers, while minimizing the risk of product damage.
To maintain its competitiveness, this cookie manufacturer made significant investments in intelligent material handling solutions, involving primary automation partner Technisch Buro West-Brabant (TBWB).
To maintain its competitiveness and lay the foundation for future growth, this cookie manufacturer has, over the course of years, made significant investments in intelligent material handling solutions. The Dutch automation company Technisch Buro West-Brabant (TBWB) was selected as primary automation partner many years ago and since then has delivered a number of turnkey projects based on its customer’s cookie handling needs.
The challenge: automation of palletizing operations
TBWB was asked to design an automation concept with built-in flexibility for its customer’s palletizing operations, which were mainly performed manually and resulted in a bottleneck for shipping operations. A great variety of biscuit boxes exiting more than 10 production lines needed to be processed faster, increasing the palletizing capacity to 3,000 boxes per hour.
With a time sensitive and complex project, TBWB CEO Bart Friederichs confirmed the important need to be able to rely on trusted project partners.
Modular conveyors and intelligent controls from Interroll
For the transportation of biscuit boxes from the different production lines to the palletizers, the project required a great number of roller conveyors along with automatic palletizers and vertical lifts, which were supplied by another trusted partner, Qimarox.
TBWB integrated all products into the existing factory infrastructure, taking care of PLC controls, electrical wiring, user interfaces and ERP connectivity. For the transportation of biscuit boxes from the different production lines to the palletizers, TBWB implemented Interroll’s latest generation of conveyor modules. (https://vimeo.com/134950937 )
TBWB reported the 24V roller conveyors were not only extremely easy to install, but also provided ongoing energy savings for the customer due to the decentralized, zone-driven conveying concept. For inclines and declines, Interroll belt conveyors were used. From the controls side, the new Interroll MultiControl allowed fast and easy setup and smooth integration with the PLC.
A sweet success
TBWB installed and integrated this large, turnkey system within the given timeframe, while increasing the overall capacity. Due to the fragility of the biscuits, the conveying task was critical in maintaining product quality and for that reason, TBWB relied on the product quality of Interroll, which was a real guarantee for them.
Avoiding product damages during the packaging operations was of critical importance. This is why the transportation of the boxes needed to be extremely gentle but at the same time really fast. For this reason, we have relied on the product quality of Interroll, which is a real guarantee for us. As in the past, also this time the Interroll team has demonstrated to be a great partner! concludes TBWB CEO Bart Friederichs.