Any manufacturer’s worst nightmare is an inefficient production line that results in product loses, jams, tampered or faulty units, costing the company valuable production time and significant financial resources.
Mass flow accumulation systems are undoubtedly at the centre of the packaging process, where the product moves on the line through the various stages of filling, sealing, sterilisation, and labeling before it goes to market.
The past decade had seen vast improvements in the implementation of accumulation systems throughout the country, partly due to revolutionary technologies and their beneficial application. It is something Benjamin Cockram, MD Plastic and Chemical Trading, has been at the forefront of for years.
Moving Forward: Industry Challenges
Like with most installations, there were a few challenges to overcome, and with Nestle it was no different.
“The line control guide does not always understand what the Dynac system is doing. When the conveyor line is connected with the machine, engineers should foremost consider the needs of the machine, how it needs to be fed with the product or discharge product. The Dynac will do the rest automatically.”
It is important to mention that line control staff are trained in specific ways, and most conveyors are designed with a pressure accumulation point in mind. With Dynac, which is low maintenance and pressureless, the only requirement is to be diligent in what is required from the specific machinery.
Furthermore, the container/product handling dictates which Dynac is suitable for installation. Clients have to account for the type of product that needs to be handled and the line speed.
In this particular case, Nestle used tins. The choice was either a mass flow Dynac system or a single file Dynac since the tins can handle some contact with each other. Then the client factored in the question of speed, and the target. If the speed is high, it becomes impossible to handle the product in a single file, hence the mass flow solution.
It is clear that there are still massive opportunities for Dynac systems in the African market. While its early success came on the back of the novelty factor, today’s investments in Dynac should be about the no-brainer added value to the production line, which, according to Benjamin, is something the maintenance and the operational team in every single production line agree wholeheartedly.
However, spending money in that direction or using surplus money for efficiency improvements is another story, given the fact that most businesses focus on adding new lines or maintaining the existing infrastructure within the given budget.
Although it is certainly not an inexpensive solution, a Dynac system more than counteracts through low maintenance and low usage of resources like electricity. No water and lubrication are needed to run the machines.
Despite a quite conservative industry, Benjamin remains optimistic about Dynac’s prospects in the local packaging industry, and the general evolution of accumulation systems in improving production speed and line efficiency.
“I can tell you firsthand that the industry is quite conservative, and I strongly feel that Dynac systems should get more adoption in the local industry.”
“There is still lots of scope for Dynac equipment, and we ought to do a better job in getting it out in the market,” concludes Benjamin.
Thanks to our partner Hartness, Plastic and Chemical Trading offers specialised solutions tailor-made for the packaging industry, including mass accumulation and line efficiency solutions.
DYNAC is a simple, intelligent solution that provides pressureless product conveyance, accumulation and buffering, as well as line balancing benefits for your packaging operation — all in one space-saving configuration.