P3 Solutions Blog & Tech Bites Videos

Greener Corporation’s P3 Solutions™ Blog and “Tech Bites” Videos feature Parts, Process, and People solutions that integrate the entire packaging process on horizontal flow wrappers and vertical FFS baggers:

Innovative Part Designs for Cutting, Sealing, and Forming
Installation and Adjustment Methods
Preventative Maintenance
Problem Resolution

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Blog de Soluciones P3 y “Segmentos Técnicos” en Video

El Blog de Soluciones P3 de Greener Corporation presenta soluciones de Partes, Procesos, y Personas que integran todo el proceso de empaque en Envolvedoras Horizontales y Envasadoras Verticales:

Diseños de partes innovadores para Cortar, Sellar y Formar
Métodos de instalación y ajuste
Mantenimiento preventivo
Resolución de problemas

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Repeatable Quality and Productivity

In this blog post and Tech Bites video we outline solutions to achieve repeatable quality and productivity on horizontal flow wrappers and vertical baggers across all production shifts, multiple packaging machines, and different plant locations.

Identify Goals
Begin by identifying and quantifying your goals for seal integrity, package appearance, output levels, and other quality and productivity measures.

Goals for seal integrity, package appearance, output levels, and other quality and productivity measures

Establish Benchmarks
Are you meeting these goals? If so, then identify the plant locations, machines, and even the production shifts where you best achieve these standards and use them as your benchmark. If not, work to achieve your goals in at least one situation before proceeding with this assessment.

Repeatability-at-Worldwide-Plant-Locations

Determine Causes for Inconsistent Results
Then use the following outline of variables to compare your benchmark with other locations, machines, and shifts to determine causes for inconsistent results.

Carbon impression: contaminated crimpers on flow wrapper

Implement Solutions
Implement solutions that will help you reproduce benchmark quality results on a broader scale.

crimpers-knives-horizontal flow wrapper


1. Machinery Make and Model

Variables
First, evaluate the different makes and models of machines in use. They may utilize design variations that can affect results, such as cutting and sealing head design and clearance and pressure adjustment methods.

Solutions:
  Cross-Training
When machine design varies, education and cross-training for operators and mechanics can ensure more consistent results.


2. Machinery Condition

Variables
Results are also impacted by the age and maintenance history of each wrapper or bagger. Specific variables can include worn bearings, backlash, or play, between rotary crimpers, and product contamination.

Solutions:
  Systematic Maintenance and Cleaning
Standardized, systematic maintenance and cleaning schedules can help ensure consistent, repeatable quality output.


3. Product or Portion

Variables
Variability in the product, portion, and package formation process can also cause inconsistent results.

Solutions:
  Identify Variation
  Evaluate Product Flow and Package Formation
Look for even subtle differences, such as weight or size, and evaluate the entire product flow and package formation process—from the product feed and film unwind through to the discharge belt.


4. Components and Tooling

Variables
Critical components and tooling can vary greatly between machines and locations and are a frequent cause of inconsistent results.

Solutions:
  Optimal Design
  Repeatable Precision
  Standardization
  Optimal Condition

Crimpers, sealing jaws, knives, formers, heaters, and other components should be optimally designed to match your packaging film, machinery, and conditions. Be sure to work with suppliers that have the expertise to recommend the optimal component designs, accurately and consistently replicate them, and adapt these solutions for different machines and plant locations.

Also make sure that components are maintained in optimal condition and replaced when worn or damaged.

Crimper Serration Pattern matched to packaging film and running conditions
 

Backlash_multiple zig zag knife impressions on anvil_horizontal flow wrapper

 


5. Set-Up and Troubleshooting

Solutions
  Standardization
Training

After eliminating variability wherever possible, you can better standardize or adapt set-up and troubleshooting procedures across different shifts, machines, and locations and provide ongoing training on these procedures for operators, mechanics, engineers, and project managers to establish and maintain repeatable quality and productivity across a broad scale.


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