AN EASY ANSWER TO A WEIGHTY ISSUE

04. Feb, 2016

Some filling problems are actually a wake-up call for creativity.

Spee-Dee learned that one of its customers, a major cereal company, was struggling to achieve their minimum volume requirements for its packaged cereal. There were noticeable fluctuations in the product’s density. They could achieve the right weight in the package, but it often looked half full. The cereal company started getting complaints from customers. When they opened the package, they said, “Hey, you’re only giving me half a box of cereal,” even though it was the exact regulated weight.

In response, Spee-Dee developed its Advanced Volumetric System (AVS); the first filling system that allows both weight and volume to be controlled simultaneously. Here’s how it works. Bags are filled using a volumetric cup filler. The filler has the ability to tell exactly what volume is being dispensed. High and low volumes can be set. Package weights are gathered by the in-line scale and are fed back to the PLC. Minimum and maximum weights can be set. The PLC is programmed to quickly and precisely regulate volume using the weight data. This prevents fills from falling below minimum settings and eliminates overfills. You achieve your target weight and volume every time.

Spee-Dee has installed many AVS units to solve comparable problems for similar companies. AVS has helped them check and control their minimum/maximum weight AND their minimum/maximum volume. This same technology can easily be deployed to package rice, pet food and coffee.

Spee-Dee hasspent more than 35 years helping customers keep their brand promise by increasing line efficiencies and improving product fill accuracy.

Check back to see how Spee-Dee’s “open-minded thinking” helped line operators achieve fast and easy changeovers!

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