Filler improves productivity of problem product
Published: 13 July 2012 - Heather Ramsden
Broad Oak Toiletries thought it would have to commission a costly custom-built filler to deal with a problem product until it saw Adelphi’s Response in action.
“It was a really awkward product - thick, granular and paste-like,” recalls Andy Pocock, production engineer at Broad Oak. “The equipment we had was really struggling and speeds were down to 40 units per hour.” Pocock approached Adelphi about building a bespoke filler for the problem product, and was dubious when Adelphi suggested the off-the-peg Response instead. “Adelphi insisted we trial it and when we did it was filling to within +/- 0.2 per cent of the fill target, which was far better than we had been getting.”
For Broad Oak, which packages around 500 different SKUs ranging from 5ml through to one litre in size, another selling point of the Response was its ability to fill a range of products - from alcohol based liquids to lotions and creams - into all kinds of containers. Broad Oak purchased its first Response in summer 2011, and was so pleased with its performance it decided to buy a further three for fulfilling lower volume orders.
Although slower than Broad Oak’s fully automated lines, the semi-automatic fillers are better suited to low volume orders thanks to their fast changeover times and they have resulted in an increase in productivity of almost 70 per cent. I wouldn’t say it’s a tool-less changeover but you really only need two tools to do it - an alan key and a spanner,“ says Pocock. Using the Response to fill its products has enabled Broad Oak to achieve both accuracy and speed. The benefits of more accurate filling have resulted in a reduction in wastage and giveaway of about 60 per cent.
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