A fully automatically conveying system handles 25.000 crates of different weights per day, at Scan AB in Sweden.
Scan AB is part of the HKScan group, which is one of northern Europe’s largest food industries within fresh meat, cured meats and convenience food. The plant in Kristianstad is one of the group’s largest with 750 employees.
Fully Automatic Processes To achieve a more efficient production Scan wanted to optimize the packing and cooling processes and decided to invest in new accumulating roller conveyors.
Based upon DAN-Palletiser’s more than 30 years of technical experience concerning accumulation of crates of varying weights, Scan chose DAN-Palletiser to be the supplier of a fully automatic roller conveying system, resulting in delivery of 200 metres of belt and conveyors to Kristiansstad.
”With the fully automatic conveyors DAN-Palletiser offered the absolutely best system for us, also because they were in full control of the accumulation technique. This was a must for us, ”explains Per Wirstam, project manager, Scan AB.
The products are packed by hand into cartons and crates (SRS) varying from 3-4 kg up to 30 kg. The size of the crates are 600x400 mm and 400x300 mm, respectively.
When the raw material is brought into the warehouse, they are registered by weight control, ensuring a conformity between the boxes and the actual contents that are registered in the storage system.
Then the crates with fresh goods are transported on the conveying system through zones with different temperatures. This requires high demands on the operational safety, due to the durability of the products, and this is where the accumulation of the varying crate sizes come into play in order to maintain the production flow.
“We run two shifts and produce more than 25,000 crates a day, corresponding to a capacity of 28 crates per minute. This requires a flexible system and demands a high degree of realibility. We are extremely pleased with the fully automatic conveying system from DAN-Palletiser “, says Per Wirstam, project manager.