(800) 944-9689  (908) 753-1441  spsc@sps70.com

Protected: Marketing Survey

This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below:

Eliminating Labor while Increasing Load Containment

Challenge:
Large regional grocery distribution center is hand wrapping 600-750 order-picked loads per day. Load containment is unsatisfactory and customers are receiving damaged product.

Solution:
Lantech S-300XTs were set up side by side in a four-station layout in the loading dock area. A dual pallet truck delivers the loads and they are stretch wrapped simultaneously with the proper load containment force every time. Operator involvement is minimal as the wrapping cycle is activated with a remote lanyard START switch after placing loads in each wrapping station.

Lantech S300XT Grocery

Results:
Plant flow and productivity increases were achieved while also eliminating the labor associated with intensive hand wrapping and inefficient double-handling of loads.  Load containment was increased and standardized resulting in product being delivered “as shipped”.  The Simple Automation™ provided by SPS and Lantech eliminated operator involvement in the wrapping process and kept operators on the forktruck.

SPS, Partnering in Automation

Challenge:
A large consumer paper towel manufacturer needed to increase efficiency and reduce cost.  Part of this effort included the integration of in-line and robotic palletizers with pallet labelers and automatic stretch wrap equipment.

Solution:
SPS Corporation was chosen as the integration partner for the project.  SPS provided two new Lantech wrappers with pallet labelers and Accu-Sort scanners.  The system was designed to wrap loads without operator intervention while also labeling and verifying bar codes for use of the company’s warehouse management system.

Marcal Lantech

 

 

 

 

 

Results:
The successful partnership and integration of the auto palletizing and stretch wrapping operations significantly reduced manual stacking and wrapping operations.  The return on investment for the entire project was less than two years.

Increasing Efficiency for Contract Packagers

Challenge:
A large Contract Packaging Services provider packs a variety different sized promotional items ranging from bottles and tubes to cartons in polyolefin shrink film.  The company deploys seven horizontal form/fill/seal shrink wrappers with in-line side sealer devices that use hot wires to longitudinally seal packages prior to entering the shrink tunnel.  Excess ambient heat from the seal wires caused a buildup in plastic residue from the film.  This resulted in defective seals, variations in package appearance and a significant amount of downtime to clean and reset the units.  In addition, the heat generated from these systems would also periodically warp, melt or break mechanical components in the side seal systems.

Solution:
To remedy these problems, SPS engineers teamed with the contract packager to develop and evaluate new side technology to eliminate the use of hot wire sealing components.  Over the next year, the SPS development team would patent the use of a proprietary hot-tip sealing device which eliminated the intense heat generated by hot wire, knife and wheel systems.  This new technology ran at significantly lower temperatures while providing stronger, lower profile seals on the package.  Spare parts and downtime were virtually eliminated and retrofitting took only a few hours.  The unit is known as the SPS Green Machine.

Green Machine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Results:
Process improvements were immediate.  The contract packager was able to increase productivity by 50% while eliminating the excess scrap and rewraps caused by bad side seals.  In addition, on-time deliveries were increased  while lead times were decreased.  These efficiency gains allowed an 18% cost savings to be passed along to the customer.

Strong, thin seals, packaging aesthetics and protection also improved, providing the consistency and appeal so important to the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.  The Green Machine enhanced their position as a strategic partner with customers such as Wal-Mart and Target who rely on them to solve problems and provide value beyond just running the job.Dove

Raising the Bar in Frozen Foods

Challenge:
A fast growing frozen pizza manufacturer was looking to increase their production throughput but faced significant challenges.  Ingredients tend to shift around and make it hard to make consistent, quality seals.

Solution:
Sealing film securely at such extreme speeds requires a special side-seal design.  In order to meet these demands, patented SPS Green Machine side seal technology was integrated in the equipment design.

Texwrap pizza

 

 

 

 

 

Results:
Through the use of the SPS Green Machine and other technologies, Texwrap Corporation was able to increase the throughput of these lines from under 90 pizzas per minute to over 150.  This was accomplished with near zero defects, consistent high quality seals and without damage to the fragile pizzas.