MetaExpert Packs a Big Punch with Protein Bar Packaging Overhaul

Situation

A manufacturer for protein bar packaging recently moved relocated from a 50,000 square foot operation facility to a new 350,000-square-foot operation facility. This resulted in an assembly line production change where stand-up assembly packaging lines were converted to brand new automated packaging lines. In addition, there was a folding carton redesign where the Straight Tuck End folding cartons were replaced by new Top Kliklok folding cartons. The manufacturer also transitioned to and needed to integrate a new international packaging equipment supplier. Finally, the company needed a new documentation system for more accurate data collection and organization from start to finish.

The manufacturing company hired the MetaExpert, a packaging engineering expert with ample experience to design, measure, analyze, improve, and control the entire packaging process from location A to location B.

Actions

Over the course of an 18-month contract, the MetaExpert took the following actions and strategies to evaluate and retool the packaging manufacturer’s processes:

  • Voice of the Customer
  • Data Collection
  • Product + PKG Collection
  • Scope
  • Manage a PKG Timeline
  • Designs (via CAD)
  • Designs (via Samples)
  • Develop a Test Plan
  • Testing & Reporting
  • Calculate Cost Savings
  • Develop New Specs

Results

Thanks to the MetaExpert's acumen of packaging engineering and process improvement, the manufacturing company saw immediate and measurable results.

  • Organized 50 new top-load bar orientations for the new top load cartons
  • Set-up and designed over 100 new packaging material specifications
  • Managed and organized 50 new tray formers
  • Managed and organized 50 new case packing grippers
  • Re-designed all packaging pallet patterns in TOPS for the new automated palletizers
  • Managed and organized all international package testing and reporting
  • Created one centralized organized, interim spreadsheet for all packaging information and pre-documentation system implementation

Return on Investment

A skillful evaluation and overhaul of the packaging process by the MetaExpert yielded a massive increase in packaging speed from 30 bars/minute to 300 bars/minute. That’s a 900% increase in just 18 months!

 

Manufacturing Insights Magazine named MetaExperts one of 2020’s Top 10 Lean Manufacturing Solutions Provider

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