Britvic unlocks £5.4m in capacity at Rugby facility

By William Dodds

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The training project took place over a two-week period. Credit: LineView
The training project took place over a two-week period. Credit: LineView

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Drinks manufacturer Britvic has increased capacity at its Rugby factory by £5.4m after partnering with LineView Solutions.

Using LineView’s line balancing optimisation (LBO) solutions, the partnership achieved an immediate capacity increase of £2.9m, while revealing a further £2.5m in capacity gains through enhanced control optimisation.

The comprehensive LBO training project took place over a two-week period, during which time LineView was tasked with upskilling the Britvic controls engineering team with the necessary knowledge enabling them to identify and implement LBO opportunities across the business.

Working in collaboration with LineView, Britvic was able to implement practical improvements and enable the lines to fulfil market demand for summer can volume. The LBO training equipped eight Britvic team members with the ability to balance operator and machine time effectively, which in turn improves control, accumulation, speed, start-up and run-out times across can lines.

Reflecting on the project, Rugby site director Paramjeet Pahdi was “hugely impressed​” with the gains that LineView’s training helped unlock.

We've unlocked significant capacity for our plant and reduced the impact of minor stoppages on our production lines​,” Pahdi continued.

Most importantly, we've equipped our people to be able to go hunt down these opportunities throughout our business. LineView delivered not only an engaging course but also ensured we have full understanding and confidence to take ownership of this process moving forwards.​”

Meanwhile, LineView representative Miguel Ferreira said the firm was delighted to collaborate with a manufacturer like Britvic and help deliver “both immediate and sustainable results for its production lines​”.

Ferreira added: “Many companies find themselves sitting on a goldmine of opportunity but struggle with the transition from theory to practice. A quick but comprehensive training programme is often all that’s needed to tap into significant capacity gains.

“Our hope is that by demonstrating the success of our partnership with Britvic, we can encourage others in the food and beverage sector to consider how LBO can unlock efficiencies, particularly as the sector is undergoing considerable pressures as a result of inflation, labour shortages and supply chain challenges.”

In other news, gluten free manufacturer Genius Foods has reported its results for the year ending 31 December 2022, with the bakery posting a loss of £2.4m from continuing operations.

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