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WestRock Linkx Systems and Elesa reduce packaging machine change over times

Elesa (UK) Ltd News and PR from Elesa (UK) Ltd - Published 25 October 2019 WestRock Linkx Systems and Elesa reduce packaging machine change over times – reduce errors - giving repeatable savings
WestRock Linkx Systems manufacture machines and integrated lines for shelf-ready packaging. Solutions include BoxSizer® automatic and semi-automatic warehouse dispatch 3PL ecommerce packaging lines. They also manufacture labour saving semiautomatic re-packaging solutions for Contract Pack and 3PL companies.

Following a customer viewing of the Elesa RF wireless electronic position indicator system on their PPMA stand a couple of years ago, subsequently the customer asked WestRock Linkx to trial this system in order to speed up machine changeovers while ensuring reliable, repeatable accuracy. After the PPMA show Elesa brought the RF system to finalisation and provided a package to WestRock Linkx – which proved to be a like for like fit in place of the position indicators previously installed. This enabled faster re-sets by use of an automated controller via the machine PLC, reducing operator time and operator error.

Customer satisfaction was high across a range of machine installations leading to an end user comment that “this cost-effective upgrade was added to our machines in under 2 days, and has already made huge improvements to product change overs and set-up times.” The team at WestRock Linkx was likewise impressed such that the RF system has now been adopted as a standard option across their range.

Explained Tom Whatling, Technical Sales Manager at WestRock Linkx:

“Our use of the Elesa RF wireless electronic positioning system stemmed from a customer demand for faster, more accurate, repeatable changeovers – a demand we were delighted to meet. Here at WestRock Linkx Systems Ltd we believe in putting the customer first, our philosophy is to work in partnership with every customer to achieve innovative machines that meet their exact needs – an approach which is completely mirrored in our supplier relationship with Elesa.

We have the ability to design and manufacture compact, flexible and upgradable automated packaging solutions that are suitable for 24/7 production and warehouse applications – using the Elesa RF wireless electronic positioning system exactly compliments that manufacturing model.

The Elesa wireless electronic positioning system enables faster and more reliable machine setup by use of a wireless connected profile controller, which displays the initial setup values on each of up to 36 electronic position indicators.

The Elesa system is now a mainstream option on all our machines and can be retrofitted to our installations – even to other manufacturer’s machines where we are upgrading a complete facility. WestRock Linkx Systems can install the new wireless electronic positioning indicator system to new machines or retrospectively as an upgrade to compatible PLCs.”

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