FDBusiness.com

AutoCoding Systems Develops Bespoke Cheese Weighing and Labelling System for Dairy Crest, Davidstow

 Breaking News
  • UK Grocery Prices Rising at Fastest Rate in Four Years The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 5 November 2017, show UK supermarket sales have increased in value by 3.2% year-on-year in the run up to Christmas. Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, explains: “Volume sales have increased by less than 1%, meaning it’s [...]...
  • Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing to Go Ahead in Scotland The UK Supreme Court has ruled that minimum unit pricing for alcohol, which was passed overwhelmingly by the Scottish Parliament in 2012, can now proceed. Scottish Health Secretary Shona Robison has welcomed the decision and confirmed she intends to make a statement to Parliament shortly, setting out the Scottish Government’s next steps. Following the unequivocal backing [...]...
  • GEA Brings Together Technologies to Supply Extended Production Line For BMI GEA has recently been selected to supply an extended pasta filata cheese production line for BMI in Jessen, Germany. With this exemplary project GEA brings together its joint cheese-making expertise, resulting from its acquisition of de Klokslag and CMT in 2014 and 2015 respectively, with GEA’s flow and processing experience to provide a single offering for this [...]...
  • Bosch Packaging Technology Wins German Design Award 2018 The Sigpack VPF (Vertical Platform for Flat Pouches), the first freely scalable flat pouch machine from Bosch, has been honoured with the German Design Award 2018 in the Excellent Product Design category. The German Design Council presents the prestigious award on an annual basis. The German Design Award is the second prestigious accolade for the [...]...
  • Premier Foods Returns to Revenue Growth Premier Foods, the UK convenience food group, has reported group revenue of £353.3 million for the 26 weeks ended 30 September 2017 – an increase of 1.5% on the prior period – with Branded revenue in line with last year at £295.4 million while Non-branded revenue increased by 10.1% to £57.9 million. Group reported half year [...]...

AutoCoding Systems Develops Bespoke Cheese Weighing and Labelling System for Dairy Crest, Davidstow

October 09
11:10 2011

AutoCoding Systems, specialist systems integrator for packaging line solutions, has worked with Dairy Crest, Davidstow to develop a bespoke cheese weighing and labelling system.

Dairy Crest is the UK’s leading chilled dairy foods company.  The Davidstow site is the largest Cheddar cheese factory in Europe, producing over 43,000 tonnes of cheddar cheese, 27,000 tonnes of whey powder and 2,000 tonnes of whey butter per year.

When they needed to replace their obsolete cheese weighing system they approached AutoCoding Systems for assistance.

AutoCoding Systems and Dairy Crest worked together to develop a bespoke cheese weighing and labelling system which could cope with the increased volume and speed of cheese production, whilst maintaining the essential continuity of product flow.

The AutoCoding application consists of a Nova Weigh checkweigher, one Logopak main print and apply labeller, a backup Markem Labeller and a Markem outer case coder.  A wall mounted stainless steel control panel housing an industrial PC and PLC controls, incorporates a touch screen interface to enable operators to manage and control all aspects of the system operation. The 20 kg blocks of cheese are accurately weighed and a barcode label is automatically printed with all the manufacturing data and applied to the cheese block.  If the scanner fails to read the barcode or a label is not applied, the second print and apply printer is activated immediately without stopping the line.  If a cheese block is overweight or underweight, the system will not allow the block to move from the checkweigher.  A reset panel with warning indicator lights shows if a cheese block is out of tolerance, if a label has not been applied or if the second printer has been activated.

The labelled cheese block is boxed and an outer case coder prints an inkjet barcode before the boxed cheese goes into storage for up to 20 months to mature.  All the manufacturing data is stored in a database for retrieval and reporting, eg average weight, total production and standard deviation per batch, per product and per day.  By linking this database to their other system, Dairy Crest are able to track and trace individual cheese blocks from supermarket shelves back 20 months to the farm where the milk was first produced.

Neil Flood, System Engineer at Dairy Crest, said “AutoCoding Systems took the time to listen and understand our specific requirements and developed a modular and bespoke system.  The system has proved to be virtually 100% reliable resulting in near zero downtime and gives us an accurate reporting and product trace facility.”  He went on to explain, “The cheese manufacturing process is not tolerant of any delays to the line.  Continuity of product flow is the most vital aspect of the system and with a major emphasis on back-up redundancy, we are able to quickly and simply swap out faulty equipment, thereby allowing continuity of production at all times.  A major challenge was that all development, testing and commissioning had to be done on the active packaging line with no delays to the product flow.  AutoCoding Systems successfully achieved this with little or no disruption to our normal production process.”

Dairy Crest have been so impressed with the dedication and work ethic displayed by the AutoCoding team that they are now working together on other projects within the business.

For further information, please contact:

Janet Harrison – AutoCoding Systems Ltd

Email: janetharrison@autocodingsystems.com

Tel : 01928 790444

About Author

colin

colin

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • November 28, 2017Fi Europe
  • December 4, 2017Plastics and Paper in Contact with Foodstuffs 2017
  • January 8, 2018RAI Exhibition
  • January 16, 2018Sival Plant Production Trade Show
AEC v1.0.4

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber





Subscribe Here



Advertisements