CKF Systems increases efficiency for Kraft with robotics

Posted on 20 Jun 2012

Gloucester-based CKF Systems has designed, installed and commissioned a new automated re-circulating system for Kraft Foods at its Bournville production facility.

Kraft recognised that a significant increase in efficiencies could be achieved through the introduction of an automated robot distribution system for its popular Roses and Heroes products.

It was also realised that the investment would also benefit the company’s ongoing commitment to the Kraft Foods Sustainability Programme – substantially reducing material usage by replacing cardboard boxes with reusable plastic tote bins and cutting daily vehicle movements through more accurate management of fixed cycling schedules.

“The complexity and size of the project, located in three production areas and over two floors, required an innovative approach and our engineering team utilised the very latest robotic, vision and automated control technologies,” explained Bryan Wheeler, managing director at CKF Systems.

“Kraft now has a system providing improved operational efficiency whilst enhancing its environmental programme and decreasing the plant’s carbon footprint,” he added.

CKF had previously developed and completed a robot palletising solution for Kraft Sheffield, with the collaboration providing immediate benefits to its manufacturing capability.

Explaining Kraft’s view of CKF as an impressive provider of automation solutions, David Moreton, BD&E Project Manager at Kraft Foods UK said: “For Kraft, investment in robotic and automation applications is essential to remain competitive, protect the future of the business and reduce our environmental impact.”

He went on to say: “It also allows us to make better use of labour resources and improve quality control. Significant benefits have been realised by the success of this latest project.”