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Burts Snacks installs multi-line Scott Automation Multi-line palletization system

3D layout of the Scott Automation installation showing the buffer area where it accumulates the cases before palletisation.

Premium Snacks manufacturer, Burts Snacks Ltd, have just completed one of their single largest investments, with the installation of a complete end of line pack handling and Alvey palletisation solution from Scott Automation.
 
Completed pallet stack is wrapped in a stretch wrapper and labelled

Completed pallet stack is wrapped in a stretch wrapper and labelled.

Producing a wide range of bag sizes and multipacks, in a diverse range of regular cases, display packs and SRP cases, Burts needed to increase individual line efficiencies, reduce manual handling, reduce extensive internal pallet movements and increase pallet stack quality through the supply chain.

The project objective was to provide a palletising solution for the rapidly filling Roborough site, with a phased installation, without disrupting production. The solution needed to enable access to each line for operators and packaging materials whilst minimising transport distance of unwrapped pallet loads.
 
Cases of potato products from 8 production lines enter the system on roller conveyors

Cases of potato products from 8 production lines enter the system on roller conveyors

8 production lines producing up to 2,400 cases per hour are linked to the system with future expansion for 2 more lines foreseen and as a multi customer producer, the solution handles multiple case sizes, empty pallet types, and various stacking patterns delivering an output up to 40 pallets per hour.
 
Product layer formation inside the high-level palletiser

Product layer formation inside the high-level palletiser

Cases are collected from each production line, merged onto high level transport conveyors and delivered to a central sortation, buffering and palletisation area based on the Alvey Multi-line principle.

The correct empty pallet is dispensed for the high-level Alvey palletiser to build each SKU at 4 layers per minute. Completed pallet stacks are then carefully wrapped, labelled and delivered to the on-site warehouse. The system was installed in a small area at the back of their empty pallet and packaging store, with all the sortation and buffering at high level on a mezzanine floor.
 
Palletiser product infeed

Palletiser product infeed

Stuart Watkins, Operations Manager of Burts Snacks:
 
"After many months of careful consideration, looking at robots and layer solutions, we felt the Scott offering gave us what we needed."

"Once the final design was completed, the Burts Snacks’ on-site team worked closely and collaboratively with the Scott project and installation team. The successful end result was achieved with the complete buy-in from the Burts Snacks’ operational team with a significant uplift in output and reduced supermarket returns."

"And with the huge operational changes required this year, the decision to install Scott’s Alvey Multi-line was hugely beneficial!"
Maxine Stringer, Technical Manager of Burts Snacks Group:
 
"From my perspective the food safe approach to installation facilitated a seamless install and the ease of maintenance from a hygiene perspective post install is excellent."
 
The cases are accumulated on double-deck buffer tables. As soon as enough product is ready to fill a complete pallet, the system transports it to the palletiser.

The cases are accumulated on double-deck buffer tables. As soon as enough product is ready to fill a complete pallet, the system transports it to the palletiser.

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