Sidel's one-week assessment of the line showed that it was not advisable to increase the output of the existing line as it stood to meet the expected production volume. As a test, the line was pushed up to 31,000 units per hour, which was compatible with the filler's capabilities. However, the test proved that simply increasing the speed of the line led to an overall unbalanced process and a loss of performance.
Following this initial testing phase, Sidel suggested alternative solutions to upgrade the existing line. This V-profile machine speed of Carlsberg's line has been modified to improve machine process and thus get a better line efficiency.
In parallel, a machine was installed to reduce the changeover times around the filler, and it was suggested to install additional accumulation between pasteurizer and labeler. Conveying around the empty bottle inspection machine was also recommended. Finally, the infeed of the packaging machine was reviewed to improve its efficiency.
The work carried out with Carlsberg was done as a true partnership, with Carlsberg involving its Operator and Maintenance team in the process. As a result of these measures, production output has increased by 5 percent.
Ron Shinar, manager of the industrial engineering department at Carlsberg Israel, says, "The purchase or the upgrade of a line is a heavy expense and we really wanted to rely on the input from Sidel's experts before making a final decision. The line audit performed by Sidel helped a great deal to build a solid business case. We understood the need for our line to be upgraded to meet our targets."
In addition to reaching new production targets, the line audit generated some side benefits including ways to improve the preparation time, changeover of drinks and endorsements.
Source: Sidel Group