Is an Automated Bulk Handling System the way to go?

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The answer to this question is a definitive “Yes!”.

Especially in today’s economic environment where costs must be kept as low as possible. Automated bulk handling systems are by definition specialised systems, built for a specific purpose. These systems are usually designed from the ground up, including hardware, specialised equipment, and software. An existing production line may also be converted to a fully automated line by adding a few key components and control systems.

Automated bulk handling systems are typically designed to manage specific product runs, either continuous or as batches. The output ranges from individual products to recipes comprising multiple products.

The Big Advantages of Turnkey Bulk Handling Systems

High-volume handling, in any form, presents significant challenges for manufacturers. Increased output is ultimately a good thing provided the handling issues are carefully considered and resolved during the design phase… Modern manufacturing techniques enable manufacturers to deliver a truly staggering amount of product on site.

The basic theory of fully automated bulk handling systems is to manage very high-volume output with minimal manual intervention. These systems are designed to automatically select ingredients, blend products, pack, pallete, and essentially manage the entire workflow in real time.

There is another much less obvious advantage to well-designed automated bulk handling systems. Real-time data collection and processing delivers a virtual ongoing audit trail of progress and production to operators situated remote from the plant. This is an invaluable resource when dealing with very high volumes of products, particularly when there are multiple stages in handling processes and high demands for product safety and accuracy.

You could call this “inventories by other means”. Turnkey systems allow management to keep close track of production, and match the information regarding production with orders, contracts, and other key business operations.

Handling

The handling side of these systems is a challenge in itself. In all forms of production, “handling” is a synonym for “costs”. The more efficient your handling is, the lower your bottom line costs become.

Modern engineering solutions exist to deliver maximum efficiencies at all stages of materials handling. Whether it is the pneumatic conveying of powders or the movement of finished product in bags, sacks or boxes, by eliminating inefficiencies and speeding up production movement, the value is delivered where it matters most, actual product delivery to clients.

Compare this for a moment with manual production line processes such as what you will find in an old-style warehouse. Goods movement is dependent on multiple handlers and product accuracy is subject to human error. End of line processes such as filling and palletising involves hard work; is often inefficient and exposes staff to injuries. Manual handling injuries cost companies millions each year in medical costs and lost labour. Currently, the average cost for a single back injury is over $80,000.

A well designed automated system should eliminate all these potential problems, releasing staff from tedious, unproductive duties to more valuable work.

So yes, an automated bulk handling systems are the way to go if you’re serious about staying competitive in the world of high volume production.

Kockums Bulk Systems Turnkey Bulk Handling Systems

Kockums Bulk Systems are one of the very few companies able to design, supply and support turnkey fully automated solutions from the receival of product through processing, packaging and palletising ready for despatch.

Call us or contact us online, we’d be happy to learn how we can help you become more productive.


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