10月07 Unlimited Variety Change During Beer Packaging
In Hamburg, the beer group Carlsberg produces and packages different brands of beer. Each brand has different bottle sizes and ever-changing packaging formats. And each brand has several forms of packaging that cannot be achieved through online packaging. This makes order management and production organization more complex.
Previously, only a few were closer to standardized specifications before they could be packaged using machines, and most of the other specifications were only possible by hand packaging. Carlsberg hopes to change this situation in terms of packaging. Therefore,designing a new packaging line,is necessary to consider adding a new specification at any time in the future. The new specifications here refer not only to the size and shape of the bottle, but also to the form of the package: the quantity of each drink, the wine box, the tray, the box, the tray and the pattern of the package, all of which need to be changed at any time.
Various specifications are subject to change:
- Bottles: 0.33 liters and 0.5 liters for long neck bottles, 0.33 liters and 0.5 liters for regular wine bottles, short bottles with hoop lids, other special shaped bottles
- Bundle in a dozen forms: 6 bottles a dozen, or bundled with a paper sleeve with a handle
- Beer box: 11 bundles, one box, 20 bundles, one box, 27 bundles, one box, 30 bundles, one box, 24 bundles, one box
- Tray: 36 bundles of one box, 40 bundles of one box
This is a highly flexible multi-functional packaging line. The input bottle placed on the European standard tray will be automatically selected according to different needs, whether it is packaged or directly palletized. The biggest difference between this and traditional online packaging is that there are infinitely flexible combinations.
At the heart of this solution is Schubert’s digital top-loading technology and robot-based technology that combines simple mechanical principles with intelligent software to provide maximum flexibility. Palletizing and unloading are done by robots supplied by PCA in Heutershausen, Germany. The entire unit also integrates equipment for wine tank cleaning and turning.
The packaging process can meet more than twenty different specifications, but in fact the working principle is largely the same.
8 frames, all the functions can be integrated into a complete set of top-loading devices. In addition, the device has the advantage that the input and output of the wine box and all the trays are located on the same side of the machine, thus greatly operating the operation of the workers.
“In Carlsberg, Germany, this multi-functional packaging line opens up a new era of flexible production packaging,” plant director Mattias Oswald said excitedly during the equipment acceptance. Automation not only means a significant increase in production efficiency, but also allows the corresponding managers to be more free in the process of production planning and order fulfillment. “The feedback inside our company is very positive,” said project engineer Rüdiger Weck. “We had 24,500 cases planned this week, actually produced more than 27,000 cases, and we got off work on time at 14 o’clock on Friday. We even got off work. There is still time to empty the bottle, which was completely impossible in the past due to time constraints.”