Allpax, a product brand of ProMach, and a canned food copacker mutually developed a solution that met travel and safe workplace requirements and proceeded with a project that would increase the copacker’s plant capacity by about 50 percent.
With the permission granted by the state of Kansas, Allpax crew members with their luggage and tools drove rental cars 13 hours from Covington, Louisiana, directly to the customer’s plant in Kansas, making sure to social distance at each stop. Arriving at the plant, the crew stowed their gear in one of five assorted recreational vehicles (RVs) rented by copacker and located in the facility’s parking lot.
The Allpax crew installed a new can loader, unloader, and conveyor system. There were major upgrades made to the plant’s retorts and conveyor systems, and a new Allpax retort will be installed later this year. An automated basket tracking system was added. Non-Allpax portions of the project included can fillers and seamers, as well as associated labeling and conveying equipment.
The goal of the project was to allow an uninterrupted flow of various sized cans to be filled, processed, and labeled and reduce to near zero changeover downtime. Higher uptime and the addition of a new retort could expand plant capacity by up to 50 percent and support the copacker’s continued growth.
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