Packaging and Material Handling
We have extensive experience in line control for high-speed can and bottle lines for the carbonated beverage and bottled water industry. Some of the bottling lines are capable of speeds in excess of 1200 bottles per minute through a single filler.
In addition to beverage packaging, other products include meats, egg products, ready-to-eat cereal, snacks, margarine, cheese, coffee, cleaners and floor finishes.
Line Integration requires close coordination of numerous pieces of vendor supplied equipment, each with their own separate controls. In order to maximize the line efficiency, care must be taken at all phases of project execution as well as an in-depth understanding packaging line control philosophy and bottle control.
Some examples of packaging line equipment include:
- Fillers (bottle, can, bag-in-box, drum)
- Blow molders/ Filler combis
- Metal detectors
- Zero Pressure Inliners (ZPI)
- Case packers/Tray Packers
- Fill detectors
- Check Weighers
Material Handling Systems
Our experience in material handling systems includes the design and implementation of case and pallet conveyors, high-speed sortation, multi-lane/multi-deck distribution systems, palletizers, bar code tracking, shrink wrappers, warehouse management systems, and interfaces to AGVs. We have delivered control and monitoring systems for complete distribution centers.
Performance Management and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
In addition to providing line control, Stone has a group dedicated to designing and implementing OEE systems for packaging lines. These systems range from single line to multiple line multiple plant systems that are integrated into corporate enterprise systems.
Stone uses the PackML programming standards, which results in a consistent approach to machine integration, as well as individual machine operator interface standards and troubleshooting.
Ultimately, we are working to maximize the business value of packaging machinery through implementing automation standards that lead to improved flexibility and increased capability, while improving safety, and reducing the total cost of ownership.
Materials Handling Evaluation
Stone has a group that is focused on providing material handling audits. A typical audit starts at the case packers and ends at the discharge of the palletizers. The group’s focus is on the condition of the equipment, throughput issues, and rates. The final report calls out maintenance issues, current rates of the system, areas that rate could be improved and potential software issues or enhancements.