Intelligent IBC handling system
An important role in the whole system plays the intelligent IBC handling system DCS (Daxner Container Sytems): Overall there are 200 different IBCs on the production lines. Each of them has a specific order and accompanies it from station to station. Depending on the order, each IBC collects the necessary batches and components of 40 raw material silos individually. After they are dosed and weighed, the components get back into the IBC. Then the IBC carries them to the mixing system which is specified in the order.
Thereby a crane lifts the IBC over the mixing lines and positions it on the correct mixing line, then the IBC is docked and discharged without any residues by a container discharge system. According to the size of the batches and recipes the mixing lines distinguish themselves in terms of the blender size and the implemented mixing system, in order to ensure utmost mixing accuracy, mixing capacity and gentle product handling. When the spice blend is finished, an IBC carries it to the packing station. A mobile bag dump station and mobile big bag discharge stations fill the finished products in free selectable bag sizes.
A technical detailed solution: Covermanipulator
The plant solution shows innovative details like the cover manipulator, which facilitates a faster throughput time. At the individual container filling stations, the containers are opened by a cover manipulator, pneumatically docked and closed up again. Every requirement – a short filling time, a dust-free system, no contaminations due to product losses and no material caking – could be served with this newly developed technical refinement.
Multiplicated dosing power
The system reaches a maximum dosing capacity together with a very high dosing accuracy through a separate, fully automated dosing system for small and medium components. These criteria – high accuracy and large throughput – are met by the means of separate screw conveyors for small and medium components – both equipped with with rough and fine dosing, and separate weighing bins which are directly positioned above the screw conveyors.
The flexibility of the container system DCS considerably contributes to the performance: An IBC at 1.000 kg each with a finished dosed batch can be provided every five minutes. That meets an hour capacity of twelve tons.
Highest possible flexibility
The new production system also demonstrates best practice when it comes to flexibility. It may produce and deliver customer oriented orders very rapidly. The production also allows to adopt to composition changes or additional orders in a few hours.
Process control system
A controls system which is included into the ERP-system, covers all production processes. Because of its comfortable handling, it allows complete retraceability and parallel order processing. In addition to the coordination of the whole IBC handling system, the controls system allows a takeover of manual dosed small and middle components without problems. These components are previously filled into Big bags or trays and placed on pallets for ready, time-independent further processing. According to the batch they are marked and adminstrated in the ERP system.