Leading robotics and automation company, RMGroup, has recently installed one of their innovative mobile packaging systems at PELOT Slovenia, part of the PELOT Group – a main supplier of sea and rock salt in the Republic of Croatia, Slovenia and neighbouring countries.
Used primarily for de-icing roads, the Group’s main objective was to be able to deliver salt to their customers in the shortest possible timeframe, which during the winter season, can amount to 2500 – 3000 tons of salt per day. With a growth in demand for PELOT Slovenia’s salt products, the firm needed increased mobility in their operation to enable them to service customers more quickly and efficiently, while also providing a bagging service for other businesses.
Following discussions with RMGroup, a mobile packaging system – the LTM 600, was recommended as a solution. Consisting of a trailer chassis, the system combines manual placement of pre-made bags with an integrated ABB robot palletising system. Given its versatility, the model has also allowed PELOT Slovenia to switch between bag sizes with ease, so now they are able to pack various granules in bags from 10 to 25 kg.
As standard, RMGroup installed an inlet hopper feed system, load cell bag clamp, continuous heat sealer and bag preparation conveyor. The robot palletising system includes pallet magazine and pallet accumulation. Filled pallets are ejected from the line through a controlled speed door, onto gravity conveying. Also included is a compressor to deliver the correct air supply to the line, and a heating system to maintain an ambient temperature and warm environment for bagging.
For service and support, PELOT Slovenia has access to RMGroup’s highly trained mechanical, electrical and control systems engineers. This provides a rapid response to any service or support requirements remotely via RMGroup’s eWON system – an internet based, remote access tool. The eWON system allows RMGroup to diagnose, respond and repair to any breakdowns or problems that may affect the customer and minimise expensive downtime.
“I had great confidence in working with RMGroup on my project,” said Dejan Mašovič, managing director, PELOT Slovenia. “They have a good reputation online and having read reviews and testimonials, we had the trust to invest in this project. From the start to finish, the communication and updates from RMGroup were excellent. I visited RMGroup’s site with my colleagues to see the machinery prior to the installation and was very happy. RMGroup has been highly professional throughout.”
Ed Pugh, RMGroup’s sales director, added: “As original innovators of the mobile bagging system incorporating robotic palletising, we are delighted to supply our flagship LTF800 to PELOT Slovenia. The whole project ran smoothly throughout and we are confident that the mobile solution will prove to be a wise investment for the business going forward.”
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