Food production and especially the production of meat products in Germany are characterised by high competitive pressure as well as high price pressure within the food retail sector. The resulting low profit margins require efficient and disruption-resistant processes for sustainable business development. In addition, the recruitment of suitable Personal has become increasingly difficult over the past years.
For these reasons, the Hans Kupfer company already relies on a high degree of automation within production. However, a rough analysis of the logistical optimisation potential from 2019, which was also carried out by InterLog Management, revealed that there is a high potential for automation in the area of secondary packaging, i.e. in the packaging of thermoformed trays into the display cartons.
Information about the customer
The company Hans Kupfer & Sohn GmbH & Co. KG operates a total of three plants in the Nuremberg region for the production of sausage products, in particular boiled sausages, cooked cured products, raw sausages, salami and ham. At the main location in Heilsbronn, a total of 26 packaging lines are operated, the optimisation of which, taking logistics into account, was the focus of the project.
Project goals & tasks
- Increasing line productivity by reducing the potential for malfunctions
- Process optimisation from a holistic perspective
- Validation of technical and economic feasibility
Results at a glance
- Preparation and documentation of the process requirements and technical specifications in a comprehensive set of specifications
- Definition of the prerequisites for successful automation
- Identification of suitable suppliers for project implementation
- Assurance of the technical and economic feasibility of the project
- Derivation of a well-founded recommendation for action for the management