At its plant in Clermont Ferrand, France, Beuralia produces 52,000 tons of butter each year for retail, food-service, and food-processing customers throughout Europe. The butter is produced and packaged in multiple formats that are then packaged in cardboard boxes of various sizes.
The plant was planning to build a new palletizing zone—composed of nine conveying lines and three robots—located one floor lower than its production and packaging operations. Beuralia needed a system that was flexible enough to handle its variety of products, but that also eliminated the risk of product jams; offered improved safety; saved floor space; and reduced maintenance and labor costs.
Beuralia installed a new palletizing system that utilized an Intralox DARB™ Sorter S400, which was used to sort and feed products to the robots. The Intralox DARB Sorter is one of the company’s many Activated Roller Belt™ (ARB™) equipment solutions.
Beuralia chose to partner with Intralox because the ARB technology fit all of its project goals, especially for safety. ARB technology uses no external moving parts (such as pusher arms) and is quieter than the alternative technologies that Beuralia had considered. The partnership between Intralox and Beuralia, as well as Beuralia’s palletizer OEM and preferred integrator,proved seamless and mutually beneficial.
Five years after installation, the ARB system has reduced operator risks and eliminated jams and line stops while requiring zero maintenance. Mr. Helder Dias, Beuralia’s Project and Investment Manager, praised the installation:
“We needed a compact system that reduced production jams, improved safety, operated without a safety cage, and reduced maintenance and labor costs. The Intralox ARB equipment solution accounts for all our requirements while providing a more aesthetic design with no visible moving parts.”