These two new options will soon be included into its overall EITTM(Efficiency Improvement Tool) solution. They detect, locate, and measure the critical points on the packaging line. By using the information from the audit, the Gebo expertise sees the analysis through to its conclusion by giving recommendations for improvement and by implementing changes that are identified as being necessary. With a commitment to achieve results, Gebo is thus able to be in a unique market position based on its know-how in packaging machines, conveyors and engineering: offering expert auditing and implementation of action plans.
Problems of breakage and damage on primary packaging
Weakened primary packaging
Shocks that are too violent or repeated too often and/or untimely pressures at certain points of the packaging line can affect primary packaging. Such malfunctioning results in damage: abrasion of labels, and scratching, deformations, or indeed cracking and breakage of the container.
The phenomenon concerns:
Four factors can combine to weaken the containers travelling along the packaging line:
Depending on its type and on the time at which it is discovered, the damage caused has consequences that are of various levels of seriousness on the efficiency of the line and on the image of the products:
And yet, through lack of an appropriate diagnostics solution, the phenomenon has never been the subject of an objective survey in situ, making it possible to characterize the real causes and to propose an action plan that administers the appropriate level of corrective action to each point.
Gebo Cermex has the answer: understand and take action
The solution the market was waiting for
Based on the concept that a situation can be improved only if it has been accurately measured, the “shocks” audit and/or the “pressure” audit that have been recently proposed by Gebo offer businesses a solution that is backed up by a process and that is capable of taking up the challenges:
Eric Hache, Asset Performance Manager, explains the philosophy of how we intervene: “Our first deliverable is an action plan for reducing the shocks and the pressure, and for reducing the damage caused to the container. Our expertise in packaging machines, conveyors and engineering then enables us quite naturally to propose implementation of the plan to our clients, regardless of whether or not their lines and machines were supplied by Gebo Cermex. We intervene in particular on adjusting the control system for regulating the line, on improving the automated control or the mechanics of the interface and transfer zones, on adjusting or changing the machine infeeds, and, where necessary, on re-engineering a portion of the line.”
Two new audit options
The “shocks” and “pressure” audits constitute two new options in addition to the range of packaging line audit solutions proposed by Gebo:
The “shocks” and “pressure” audits study all of the conveying and accumulation phases, and also what occurs inside the items of equipment, such as, for example, fillers, cappers, case packers, bundlers, wrappers, or palletizers/depalletizers.
Technology that combines a sensor with software
An innovative approach that reinforces Gebo Cermex’s position as leader in improving the productivity of packaging lines
A proposal that is unique on the market
Global leader in packaging line engineering, Gebo Cermex is the only player to propose a full range of services incorporating:
Full-scale validation in 2014, followed by a further improved version in 2015
In 2014, Gebo “shocks” and “pressure” audits were conducted on about fifteen packaging lines for beers, mineral waters, and sodas. The positive return on experience resulted in validation of the Gebo Cermex approach and of the technology implemented.
In 2015, the “shocks” and “pressure” audits will be enriched with new features, including automatic geolocation of critical points. These audits will then join the EITTM platform as new modules in Gebo’s overall solution for analyzing and improving productivity. It will then be possible to compile the data collected in the platform and to cross-correlate it with the data processed by other modules.
Ultimately, automatic regulation of the packaging line
The interfacing of the data that will soon be allowed by integrating the “shocks” and “pressure” audits into Gebo’s overall solution EITTM prefigures a revolution to come, taking us beyond detection and analysis: automatic regulation of the line depending on the detected events.