Helping a Waste Bags Manufacturer Solve Configuration Challenges

Problem

A major manufacturer of waste bags faced a challenge when a key customer wanted to convert from a folded configuration to rolls. On top of that, the customer asked the manufacturer for the new rolls in a wide variety of bag counts, ranging from 15 to more than 50. The manufacturer’s existing cartoners could not accommodate either of the requests, and there was no available capital to replace them. To maintain this customer’s business, the manufacturer faced the difficult situation of completely replacing the cartoners. New equipment would cost more than double the acceptable budget, and most major cartoner OEMs had no interest in the required redesign.

Solution

The answer was easy for CRG Automation — design and build a custom cartoner to meet their needs. CRG Automation worked closely with the manufacturer to understand all the issues and provide the best solution, while reducing overall capital investments by almost 50%. In addition, the project:

  • Doubled speed from 20 to 40 cartons per minute
  • Reduced changeover time by more than 70%
  • Reduced the overall footprint
  • Completely upgraded the safety package

CRG Automation and the manufacturer have continued working together on a range of additional projects, developing many more solutions that have been beneficial to both. Currently, CRG Automation has built over 36 machines for this customer.

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