Dawnfresh, one of the UK’s largest producers of fish and seafood, has automated its packaging lines to ensure the correct packaging and labelling is applied before products leave the factory.
By investing in automation, Glasgow-based Dawnfresh has secured retailer compliance for label and date code verification, while producing actionable data to continually improve production performance.
The business has implemented a modern software system in an effort to better manage and control its packaging lines, helping to prevent product recalls related to label and data code errors.
In additional, Dawnfresh has reportedly seen a 10% uplift in packaging line throughput.
In 2010, Dawnfresh installed an autocoding system (from another UK supplier) but the system wasn’t fit for purpose because of inadequate scanning and training.
The old autocoding system was putting the business at risk from product recalls and withdrawals that not only could jeopardise its brand reputation and customer relationships, but have high fines associated with them.
The failed system was also creating significant downtime because of unnecessary interruptions and stoppages to production.
Wayne Johnson, Head of OAL Connected, provides further insight into the use of automation for packaging line control: “Working with the retailers, we’re seeing tougher requirements for packaging line control as the cost of failure increases. This is driving the replacement of existing autocoding systems as they fail to meet the requirements typically because of a lack of support and training and or incorrect use of technologies.”
With the new installed system, supplied by OAL Connected, the packaging process is entirely automated. It works by scanning a 2D barcode printed on every product to check and verify the date code and packaging is correct. If a mismatch error occurs, the line stops and the problem can be investigated.
When a line stop occurs, operators must record a reason code on a touchscreen terminal. The recorded data is reportedly both highly accurate and can be used in real-time so engineers can act as potential slowdowns occur and help Dawnfresh identify areas for future improvement.
The Manufacturer Smart Factory Expo
15-16 Nov, 2017 – Exhibition Centre Liverpool
The UK’s biggest showcase for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – a revolution in manufacturing agility, innovation and thinking.
Highlighting the best solution providers and technology offerings, this unique FREE event is for manufacturing business leaders keen to adopt the relevant tools and knowledge to drive business growth.
New for 2017:
- Buyer Lounges – matching buyers and sellers
- Tech Zones – Industrial IoT, Automation & Robotics, Additive Manufacturing, Digital Transformation, and Big Data
- Solution Theatres – engaging expo attendees with case studies and cutting-edge developments
- Mentor Clinics – find the answers to your questions
- Innovation Alley – growing the expo ecosystem with hardware start-ups