Goodman Fielder was able to upgrade their existing labelling equipment to a Zero Downtime labeller from Tronics Pty Ltd
, saving time and money for the company.
A modest investment allowed Goodman Fielder’s plant at Mascot in New South Wales to upgrade their labelling equipment on the bottle labelling line.
Mark Cockburn, the company’s Plant Engineer at the Mascot site explained that they needed to upgrade their labelling line for plastic bottles for the various bottled foodstuffs produced at the site.
A Tronics Series 3 labelling machine was being used to label a range of different size retail packs. The plant had been using Tronics equipment for about four years.
According to Mark, though Tronics’ efficient process enabled the empty label roll to be changed for a new one in only five minutes, the time required to change over label rolls still represented lost output time.
Tronics then explained that the design of the existing labeller was based on a modular concept, which allowed it to be upgraded to the ‘Zero Downtime’ function. Tronics’ Zero Downtime labellers enable continuous labelling with no holdups during changeovers from an empty label roll to a new roll.
Tronics’ solution allowed the Goodman Fielder plant to choose the machine upgrade over a more expensive total machine replacement, enabling operating efficiency as well as financial efficiency.
By upgrading the existing labelling equipment to the Tronics Zero Downtime labeller, the plant was able to eliminate the downtime of about 5.9 hours on average every month, increasing productivity on the floor.
Time studies covering commissioning and training time have shown that downtime has only been 0.2% during the five months since the upgrade. This figure of 0.2% is expected to drop even further in the following period when the commissioning aspect is no longer relevant in the calculations.