Renova, a Portuguese company operating in the paper product manufacturing and marketing sector, turns to Microline to develop a complete roll conveyance, flow wrapping and case packing system. Installed at the headquarters of the Portuguese company, the line boasts a high level of productivity and great flexibility. The project is the latest step of a partnership between the companies established almost twenty years ago.
The partnership: from technical consultancy to the installation of complete lines
Although Microline products were first installed on Renova premises in 2007, from a design perspective the partnership between the two countries is already two decades old. Over the years, 16 machines have been installed in the Portuguese factories, in addition to a number of auxiliary systems such as conveyor belts, unscramblers and orienters. The relationship between the two companies has always been characterised by a strong sense of cooperation, which typically covers the entire course of a project, from the preliminary design phase to the installation of the machines and after sales support and assistance.
A complete line characterised by performance and functionality
The most recent installation in Renova’s factories was carried out at the start of this year and regarded a line consisting in a Fast Wrap 1250 bundler – Microline’s top model - and a ROM600Maxi case packer. The line also includes a stacker, an upender, a summator and a divider, as well as a complete product handling system, all designed and manufactured by Microline. The line is characterised by high performance and flexibility: in addition to the various product sorting and machine use options, the individual units are able to handle a variety of different collation patterns. The conveyors are provided with a synoptic supervision system for the control and optimisation of the entire line.
Not just hardware: the brain behind the line
An important part of the job order consisted in the installation of a synoptic panel capable of operating as the management system of the entire plant. Through its various functions, this cutting-edge system is able to provide real-time line operation reports, whilst simultaneously permitting the remote adjustment of parameters such as the production speed of the individual machines. Most importantly, the synoptic panel is able to carry out line operation analyses, autonomously aligning the various functions to save energy and safeguard maintenance, and consequently optimise productive efficiency. When necessary, the system also facilitates remote intervention by Microline’s specialised personnel, who are able to work on all the devices on the line from a single area. All machines manufactured by Microline are also provided with a self-diagnosis system making it possible to notify maintenance personnel when the various routine maintenance operations are due.
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