Automation of labelling process at Saint-Gobain Isover Poland Sp. z.o.o.
Objectives of the implementation:
- Automatic labelling of individual products and entire pallets
- Ensuring continuity of production
Benefits of the implementation:
ISOVER is a worldwide leading manufacturer of mineral wool. In Poland, the Isover brand has been present since 1993 and is a part of the Saint-Gobain Construction Products Poland Sp. z. o.o. offer with headquarter in Gliwice. There is also located Isover’s factory which has two lines of glass wool production and a line of rock wool production. Company from Gliwice belongs in turn to the Saint-Gobain Group – a worldwide leader in the field of construction that provides innovative products and solutions, taking into account energy saving and environmental protection.
At the beginning of 2006 in a competition the Saint-Gobain Isover Poland Sp. z.o.o. company chose the SKK S.A. as a supplier of labelling stations. That choice resulted from several reasons:
- SKK proposed a solution fitted to customer’s needs
- SKK ensured a high standard of service
- Proposed solution was based on reliable and easy-to-use Mectec devices
- SKK’s offer was attractive with regard to price
There were installed two labelling stations in Gliwice factory.
At first station the rollers and packages of mineral wool are labeled. Specially designed automatic applicators for operation in harsh industrial environments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week were equal to the high requirements imposed by Saint-Gobain Isover Poland.
In addition, the reliability of the labelling stations has been increased by installing the configuration of two devices operating in Master-Slave system. Thanks to that the continuity of the labeling is maintained even when there is a necessity of downtimes in order to replenish supplies (labels and ribbon). In case of switching off or failure one of the machines the second one takes over its task automatically.
At the second station, located at the end of the production line, pallets are labeled. Applicator prints and applied 2 labels on pallets. Later these labels are used in warehouse management.
Execution of the task was not easy. High requirements of the client, high performance of production line and complicated process of labelling the rolls of mineral wool were a challenge for both manufacturer of devices, as well as design and implementation team made up of SKK and Saint-Gobain Isover Poland employees. Thanks to close cooperation the appointed goal was achieved. For the designers an intention was to provide the labelling stations which are easy to operate and to maintain. Ergonomics of the stations is a successful compromise between the ease and speed of use.
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