Derbyshire based advanced automation specialist, Knight Warner, has helped to solve a major handling problem for a large dairy at Pennybridge, Ballymena, Northern Ireland.
To overcome various challenges, such as ensuring an adequate supply of the right type of milk bottle available at the right time, in the correct orientation and undamaged. Knight Warner, alongside Nampak – the UK’s leading producer of plastic milk bottles, has developed a state of the art handling system which delivers High Density Polyethylene bottles to the milk filling heads at speeds of up to 500 bottles per minute. This new expansion comes to its’ Pennybridge dairy and has been made possible through the close working relationship between Knight Warner and Nampak.
Colin Powell, Technical Director at Knight Warner, said: "Our engineers designed a solution which was manufactured and tested in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and then shipped and installed into the dairy in Pennybridge.
"The key was in the integration of our patented ‘stripping system’ in conjunction with the latest PLC technology and sophisticated safety systems which allowed us to provide a solution which met all the requirements of the dairy, along with the installation of the equipment into the minimum possible footprint."
The installation comprised of de-baggers, conveyors, and management information system interfaces. Dave Knight, founder and Commercial Director of Knight Warner, said: "It’s clear that experience is what really counts in these demanding and fast moving environments. Knight Warner has developed a deep understanding of the requirements of the food and beverage industries and has worked closely with Nampak to satisfy their demanding performance criteria. The installation is proving a huge success."
Nampak Plastics, Commercial Director, Jamie Tinsley, said: ‘Provision was made in the design to cater for the handling of Nampak’s new award winning lightweight "Infini" bottle which reduces the weight of existing milk bottles by up to 20%. The ability for remote access to the equipment allows continuous plant condition monitoring and produces efficiency performance data. It can also highlight alarm trips and fault codes, and maintenance requirements.
"Knight Warner provides us with a full range of in-house services from design, manufacturing, installation and servicing of the equipment and this greatly assists in the smooth installation and excellent post installation up time. Applying advanced automation technology to this difficult handling problem is rewarding us with excellent results’.