"Entire packing line is changing towards full automation"
Introduction of DX (digital transformation) in conventional packing plant system is clearly the latest technology trend targeted at achieving OEE (overall equipment effectiveness). To start to digitisation of an ecosystem lies with correct adaptation of technology into existing processes. The traditional ways of operation within the packing plant needs to be re-engineered to a process oriented around reduced manpower. Reduction of manpower has always been misconstrued in the current system as no manpower, which is not the actual case.
The induction of automation into an ecosystem would help achieve higher efficiency in critical procedures and processes and also makes the possibility to adopt digitisation and data acquisition which is would be needed in the future for faster and accurate decision making.
Digitisation can be achieved in a phased manner, in the beginning with facelift as loading ends and progressing to being more advanced by transformations at upstream and even advance concepts of warehouse management. What BEUMER Group target with implementation of DX is to increase the production quality of the customers by continuous evaluation and benchmarking with global standard within the industry. A value of OEE lesser than 100 would always mean there is a scope of optimisation and the same can be benchmarked under a common platform. The benefits for customers which we envisage are on multiple grounds and have been described.
Dust control system is very much effective for this machine. With the dedusting hood provided below each filling impeller collects all the dust at the point of generation itself. These small hoods are connected through rectangular hoses to main dedusting unit mounted below the packing machine.
The weight results have showed significant improvement in overall efficiency over existing weighing controllers and are able to provide cutting edge weight accuracies to our customers thereby addressing the loss of revenue due to over or under weighing of the bags.
As an next step bringing AI "mGuard" shall be used to provide the hot line support for Beumer customer by allowing remote access to Beumer system (PLC for the machine and plants) securely (VPN tunnel) over the Internet all over the world, which would digitalise maintenance and fault recognition activity involved; which currently is one of the most tedious job thereby reducing the turnaround time.What is the level of your order book and based on that what are your expansion plans?
Under packing and loading business, we, Beumer India, are at promising levels in terms of order book with healthy manufacturing volume for 600+ spouts and 70+ loading machines orders from domestic as well as international market with target deliveries by the end of Q3-2018. Due to the impact of the strict pollution norms in the Asian markets and particularly in China, the whole ecosystem of the packing line is changing toward full automation and at the same time significantly improving the OEE of the plant. We are quite hopeful that India will follow suit, by adapting to automation and bringing transformation in packing line.
We believe the business share would be quite encouraging for brownfield upgradations/ expa-nsion projects, however at the same time green field projects shall keep coming aligned to healthy demand forecasts for next 4-5 years to come.Do you manufacture these equipment here or import parts and assemble or do you import the whole machinery? Are there any plans to manufacture thwe machines in India in the near future?
At Beumer Group, we strictly follow our globally defined engineering and manufacturing process at local subsidiary levels. We work through under the principles of CoC (centre of competency) categorised for systems/products. As Beumer India is part of CoC for manufacturing PP equipment, most of these packing plant equipment are being manufactured in our state of art manufacturing facility at Gurgaon, Haryana.
Even as a part of the "Make in India" campaign, we are exporting filling and loading machines to other parts of world, including China, SEA and Europe.