Kobusch manufactures packaging for protein-based products, convenience food, dry food, consumer care and high tech products, medical and pharmaceutical applications. UK-based distributor TH Plastics was selected in early 2013 to provide a new material handling system for Kobusch’s site in County Durham. In particular, the group required a blender that could handle two to three tonness of regrind flake per hour.
TH Plastics' system is a tailor-made end-to-end materials handling system designed to streamline production, provide more uptime, less energy usage and self regulation.
It features “one of the largest batch blenders sold in Europe” (according to TH Plastics), the DGM1000, capable of blending up to five tonnes of normal product per hour. It includes flake loaders that are designed to work with with the difficult Kobusch regrind. The system uses a Eureka drying system for the virgin PET, expected to use around 40% less energy than conventional drying systems. It also features a MOWIS supervisory system monitoring all the equipment feeding, blending and loading producing material consumption reports and including maintenance reports.
Crawford Fleming, Project Manager at Kobusch commented, “We selected TH Plastics as they were able to offer us a fit-for-purpose and cost-effective solution that was tailored to meet our specific requirements. They were committed and invested in the time and effort to understand our specific needs.”
The system is monitored and gives Kobusch a consistent overview for monitoring schedules and altering them for any potential issues, again minimising potential downtime. TH Plastics included a three year warranty and a three year service plan. The drying system is demonstrating around 30% in energy savings.
Crawford Fleming said: “The systems all work seamlessly together and we’ve been able to achieve optimum levels of over three tons of flake material per hour, which we’re extremely pleased with, and is much more than we expected. This was a crucial project for us and we were particularly nervous having had issues with the last material handling system we had implemented. TH Plastics have gone above the beyond the call of duty and have been really patient with us, helping us throughout the whole process. They have demonstrated a clear partnership approach and much more than a supplier – customer relationship. They have taken the time to understand what we wanted and how we can get the best out of our systems.
For example by looking at larger pipe work to accommodate our needs, and looking at the timing systems of the hopper loaders. They’ve worked out of hours to meet our deadlines and accommodated all of our requests, even if it meant departing from the initial plan. We couldn’t have asked for a better partner.”