Impressive Acceptance Rate
After commissioning in July 2017, the turnkey line hit a remarkable 98.6 percent acceptance rate on the first try, which greatly impressed Miller. “Installation teams provided by Krones were the best that I ever worked with in my whole career,” he says. “They were very timely and very professional. Seven weeks after we made our first bottle we were at 98 percent.”
Krones’ turnkey solution includes a Contiform Bloc and a Variopac Pro packer supported by a Robogrip robotic packer and palletizer.
- The Contiform Bloc is comprised of a preform transporter, PET bottle blow molder, and filler in a single block and requires up to 30 percent less space than a conventionally installed blow molder and separate filler. A seamless drive concept and finely tuned transfer interfaces ensure that the entire production process runs smoothly.
- The versatile Variopac Pro offers the facility a wide range of packaging options while the Robogrip enhances palletizing operations.
Krones’ Service Offerings Make the Grade
Rich Szima is Lead Operator for the Krones line and says he was impressed by the factory acceptance test (FAT) in Germany. “It was a wonderful experience because of how organized Krones is,” he says. “The installation and seeing it go into that small of a footprint was impressive.” Luke Schwieterman adds: “It was the least complicated line install for the most complicated line we have.”
Szima was also impressed with the level of training that was offered to him and his team as well as the system's ease of use. “The start-up and the training for the Krones equipment were phenomenal, just phenomenal. The training taught us a whole different aspect of how to run equipment,” he says. “When there is a fault, the system shows what’s wrong and how to fix. I’ve never seen anything like it. Very impressive.”
The Cargill team also appreciated the emergency services Krones provides. They were a factor that tipped the scales in Krones' favor back in 2017 when Cargill was looking to equip this facility – and they have exceeded expectations ever since. “Their help lines are exceptional,” says Szima.
They get their techs here as soon as they can. Just all around a phenomenal company to work with