Conveying the crunch
"Our production capacity has increased by more than 40 percent over the last few years," says Peter Riebe, YoFarm plant engineer. "We needed a transfer system that could keep up with increased productivity and make us more competitive and profitable, while reducing the physical strain on our employees." That additional production capacity included several variations to the YoCrunch line including a chocolate crunch topping, a cookie n' cream product, and a strawberry version with Nestlé crunch pieces. Each additional dry ingredient meant additional manual labor for the plant's employees.
Running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the two C-33 conveyors installed at the plant pneumatically transfer measured amounts of dry food to the filler machine. From there, the dry food is dropped into the doams, thermally sealed and then mated with containers of yogurt. "The PIAB conveyors have taken the manual labor out of the process," says Riebe. "There is now no risk of employee back strain, as the operators just have to run the machines and monitor the process."
By automating the process, the plant has also eliminated human errors that would sometimes occur during the filling process. Now, the quantities for each doam are precise. "The C-33 is very reliable, well-designed and extremely clean. Our employees appreciate the fact that it is simple to operate and requires almost no maintenance. And our inspectors like the fact that it eliminates almost all risk of contamination," says Riebe.
For more information:
Brian Wilson, PIAB Inc.
781-337-7309 x 419