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Plastic Spoons Case study: Injection Moulding

In order to meet customer expectations by supplying a wide variety of packaging units, from 36 to 1000 spoons per package, a new production and packaging line needed to be built. DeSter wanted to achieve higher production capacity, lower cycle time and a high degree of operator friendliness with this new production line.

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  • SUPPLIER
  • ABB
    ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies. Their solutions improve the efficiency, productivity and quality of their customers’ operations while minimizing environmental impact.
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Chemicals
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Process Manufacturing
  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • USE CASES
  • CUSTOMER
  • DeSter is a world leader when it comes to plastic cups, mugs, plates, and cutlery with more than 1,000 employees around the world.
  • SOLUTION
  • A new plastic spoon line was built with the demands of the market in mind. The heart of the production line is a 400-ton injection molding machine with a 144 composite mold. For unloading the products from the mold, a 6-axis IRB 6600 robot is employed.

  • DATA COLLECTED
  • SOLUTION TYPE
  • SOLUTION MATURITY
  • Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1
    [Efficiency Improvement - Time To Market]
    Programming time, production time, and installation time are shortened during the introduction of new products.
    Impact #2
    Impact #3
  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • Benefit #1

    The stacking height of the spoon frames has been raised from 50 to 125 so that packages in multiples of 125 can now be supplied.

    Benefit #2

    Relative to existing lines, production capacity has also been increased and the cycle-time reduced by 1 second, a 10.5% reduction.

    Benefit #3

    Packaging volume was reduced to approximately 35%, reducing logistics costs.

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