Kinnerton Confectionery automates packaging checks

By Rick Pendrous

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Kinnerton has reduced packaging errors thanks to automated code checks
Kinnerton has reduced packaging errors thanks to automated code checks

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Kinnerton Confectionery, located at Fakenham in Norfolk and Sherburn in Elmet, West Yorkshire, has invested in automation to ensure compliance with its retail customers’ codes of practice.

The company is now using an automated system that reduces label and packaging errors, which can result in substantial fines from its customers.

Working with automation and food processing technology provider OAL, Kinnerton has installed a system that controls its packaging lines and integrates with existing packaging devices.

“OAL’s Autocoding system had already been tested and proved very successful, so the decision to purchase was easy,” ​said Mike Gee, Kinnerton’s head of engineering.

“OAL’s ability to offer 24/7 support and for the single system to offer paperless quality checks, overall equipment effectiveness and traceability at a later date were key drivers in our purchasing decision.”

‘Effectiveness and traceability’

The system works by scanning a 2D barcode printed on every product to check and verify the date code and packaging is correct. If a mismatch error occurs, the line stops and the problem is dealt with.

Payback has been shortened through the use of OAL’s Factory Performance software module that provides the team with production information on improvement areas.

When a line stops, operators must record a reason code on the touchscreen terminal. The recorded data is both accurate and can be used in real-time, so actions can be taken if any problems occur.

The automatic system replaces existing manual production logs, providing more accurate and reliable data, helping Kinnerton identify areas for improvement.

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