Employee safety is additionally enhanced by ‘light curtains’ installed at points along the line where human presence would be unsafe. If a light curtain is interrupted by an employee’s hand, for example, the equipment automatically shuts down.
Adjusting a light curtain was one of several follow-through services provided after the one-week installation was completed in 2012.
“Another adjustment was necessary because the design of our warehouse required an extension of a conveyor and a different position for the palletizing robot,” Brown explains. “Premier Tech took care of the redesign with no problems. Installation of the equipment went smoothly with the help of the [Premier Tech] technicians during startup. The technicians trained our employee to run the bagging line comfortably within two weeks.”
The new equipment has allowed us to increase production by automating more of the bagging process.
Brown explains how the plant’s manpower needs for bagging were reduced from five employees to two: “Less labor is involved due to our bagging and palletizing robots. During a bagging run at the old facility, we had two operators running the bagging line. In the warehouse we had two employees stacking bags onto skids, and one employee… to remove full pallets and replace them with empty ones. The new equipment allows us to run our bagging line with one operator and one [warehouse] employee.
“Our bagging line at the old facility was becoming very temperamental,” he continues. “Some days the equipment would run well, other days it would be very frustrating. With our new line, we have equipment that runs correctly all of the time. The robots are our new employees. They do not call off work and are ready to go as soon as we are. F. M. Brown’s Sons is very pleased with our Premier Tech equipment. The equipment bags feed to our high standards and runs like a dream. I would recommend Premier Tech to anyone remotely interested in purchasing an automated bagging line.”
For more information, contact www.premiertech.com.