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Increasing Productivity With A Modular Strapping Machine

Case Study: Food Processing Company

Overview

A food processing company in Ontario was struggling with repeated breakdowns of their strapping machines. With each shutdown, the entire line had to be stopped while the equipment was being repaired. This resulted in a slow, inconsistent, and inefficient output that was hurting their bottom line.

A Crawford Packaging Specialist visited the company with a plan in mind: conduct an audit to root out the issue and find a solution. Upon a thorough review, it was determined that the food processor needed a new strapping machine that had modular, ‘quick-change’ capabilities so that, in the case of equipment malfunction, the piece could be replaced or repaired quickly.

After consulting with the supplier, the Crawford Specialist offered a 90-day trial with the Signode Mod GPX strapping machine to prove its concept and efficiency. At the end of the trial, the company drastically reduced their downtime, helping increase their throughput and overall prosperity.

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Challenge

An Ontario food processing company was struggling with poor throughput due to an outdated strapping machine that repeatedly broke down. When the machine malfunctioned, the entire unit needed to be removed from the line to be repaired. This meant a severe loss in money and productivity on a frequent basis. An Ontario food processing company was struggling with poor throughput thanks to a strapping machine that repeatedly broke down. When the machine malfunctioned, the entire unit needed to be removed from the line to be repaired. This meant a severe loss in money and productivity on a frequent basis.


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Process

After hearing about the issue, a Crawford Packaging Specialist was brought in to assess the situation. Conducting an audit resulted in a clear opportunity for the company.

To address the issue, the food processor’s existing strapping machine had to be replaced with a Signode Mod GPX. Because of its modular design, the strapping head could be removed without taking the machine out of production. After a 90-day demo period, the company dramatically increased its productivity and throughput, while also optimizing labour with less downtime during repairs.


Solution

The Signode Mod GPX is an entirely modular strapping machine that offers total customization potential. Operation, repair, replacement – all are made easy and accessible because of its innovative design.


Results

Crawford Packaging has helped the food-processing company save time, money, and energy in getting their products to customers – all thanks to a more consistent and reliable system.

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Increased Productivity

Thanks to the Signode Mod GPX, the company is able to keep the line moving along at a consistent rate, leading to a greater use of time towards getting their goods out of the door.

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Reduced Labour

With fewer sessions of downtime due to machine repairs, the food processing company has been able to better use their labour, giving them more value for the money spent.

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Increased Throughput

By saving time, they have been able to get more shipments strapped and out of the door in a shorter amount of time.


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