An OEE of 90 per cent
At that time, the client chose to buy two lines, each featuring an ErgoBloc L in the wet end, and a Variopac Pro, a Robobox and a Modulpal Pro for the packaging, grouping and palletising operations. Only a short time after entering the market, Yanbian Nongshim proved to be hugely successful, and it swiftly became clear: a third line was urgently needed to enable the high levels of demand to be met. The company did not have to think very long about it, as Ahn Myung Sik relates: “Although the ErgoBloc systems installed in the first two lines already contained state-of-the-art technologies, Krones improved on these even further, upgrading energy savings and efficiency levels, for example. And so we once again opted for this solution.” However, the third line differs from the two previous ones in certain points that additionally increase the speed and quality involved: the preforms, for instance, are ionised prior to being stretch-blow-moulded, and subsequently sterilised with UV light. Krones has integrated a separate inspector for checking the BB date in the Topmodul labeller, and also changed the way the adhesive is applied. So as to provide a maximally high degree of production automation, Yanbian Nongshim additionally uses two Multireel quick-change systems that automatically supply the two Contiroll stations with wrap-around labels. “The line’s efficiency is 90 per cent; what’s more, it’s child’s play to run it with only four operators. I am convinced that it was the best choice for us,” says an enthusiastic Ahn Myung Sik.