Convenience snack food and beverage company, PepsiCo, required a conveying solution for the packing hall operations of their Adelaide facility. Due to customer demand for half cases rather than full cases, PepsiCo needed to increase throughput capacity and reduce product jams in order to cater for the increase in demand.
Intralox Australia redesigned the packing hall at the Adelaide plant and used modular plastic belting and the patented Activated Roller Belt technology in the merging, switching, and sorting applications. The installation of the roller belt technology and the modular plastic belting would help meet packing capacity for the following five years.
The results of the installation of the modular conveyer belting showed that the average packing capacity increased on average from 52 to 65 cases per minute. At peak times the new modular plastic belting is capable of processing 82 cases per minute. The new system has also contributed to providing an 18% increase in packing efficiency and fewer jammed cases, leading to reduced labour costs.
The facility upgrade has also provides increased worker safety and helped to reduce occupational safety and health costs.
Further information on plastic modular belting or Activated Roller Belt technology is available from Intralox Australia.