openPR Logo
Press release

Quality Assurance Increases Savings

The plastic cups that we get at drinks machines are essentially mass produced products. Nevertheless, when they are being manufactured they have to meet up to twelve strict quality criteria. At the Swiss manufacturing factory of Bellaplast AG in Altstaetten (SG) quality checks are carried out using a METTLER TOLEDO Statistical Quality Control system. The system saves up to 10 kg of material per hour.

Such ambitious objectives can only be attained by means of a multi-layered checking system. Bellaplast has set up checking stations on four work benches in the production area which are equipped with precision balances controlled by METTLER TOLEDO FreeWeigh.Net software as well as other measuring devices. Up to twelve different quality criteria are tested and the values are stored efficiently thanks to the simple and easy to use FreeWeigh.Net software.

Test Plan Control
"This software solution gives us a tangible and significant benefit", IT Manager Manfred Oertle told us when we visited him on site. "Each machine operator regularly takes samples from his current production which incidentally operates uninterrupted from Monday to Saturday mid-day. Immediately after entering the article number on his PC, a corresponding window appears on screen showing the test plan relating to this article. He then works through the individual test criteria's: weight, wall thickness, lip roll thickness, color, etc. All measurements and readings are then transferred into the same, electronically stored test record; we no longer use tick lists."

Accurate Fine Adjustments of the Molding Machine
Machine operator Alexander Ulm arrives at the control station with the latest sample of 54 cups. He lays cup after cup on the electronic precision balance which has a display accurate to one hundredth of a gram. He then measures the wall thickness with a micrometer which transfers his data via cable directly to FreeWeigh.Net. Other testing criteria are entered manually. The new feature that Alexander Ulm likes is the graphic image of the injection molding batch on screen in front of him. Green indicator: cup weight correct; yellow indicator: too light; red indicator: too heavy. The machine operator can therefore see not only whether there are deviations in this batch but also exactly where they have been caused by the form tool. Thanks to this graphic screen image it has now become possible to make specific adjustments on the injection molding machine.

High Material Cost Savings
"These machines have a high hourly delivery rate of approx. 100 000 pieces per hour. This fine adjustment produces real savings in materials for us", says Manfred Oertle. "If there are considerable weight deviations we do not only take action now to prevent later malfunctions in drinks machines but also act to prevent materials wastage. Even a tenth of a gram overweight per cup would rapidly add up to high additional materials costs of 10 kg/hour."

From the 54 cups included in this sample we generate over 500 items of data. Manfred Oertle: "With such an abundance of data it is important to store all the information in our central database under a pre-defined term. If complaints arise we respond even quicker because we have achieved the level of traceability which we in fact always wanted to have for our production process. Furthermore we are certain that all checks are actually carried out."

METTLER TOLEDO specializes in the area of precision instruments for professional use. METTLER TOLEDO laboratory instruments are used in research, scientific, drug discovery, and quality control labs, amongst many others in the pharmaceutical, chemical, food and cosmetics industries. METTLER TOLEDO comprehensive industrial solutions cover the various steps in a host of manufacturing processes at many of the same customers that laboratory serves. Solutions range from receiving raw materials through various manufacturing processes, in-line process control and end-of-line packaging control, to logistics and shipping. Increasingly, these solutions are fully integrated into the customer's IT environment, helping automate their workflows. In food retail, our offering for fresh food management ranges from receiving and pre-packaging, to in-store solutions for self-service departments, deli counters, and checkout terminals.

Mettler-Toledo International Inc.
Im Langacher, Zip Code 8606
Greifensee, Switzerland
E-Mail : ePublicRelations@mt.com
Phone : +41-44-944 33 85
Website : www.mt.com

This release was published on openPR.

Permanent link to this press release:

Copy
Please set a link in the press area of your homepage to this press release on openPR. openPR disclaims liability for any content contained in this release.

You can edit or delete your press release Quality Assurance Increases Savings here

News-ID: 154804 • Views: 1381

More Releases from Mettler-Toledo International Inc.

New Digital Conductivity Sensors Monitor a Wide Range of Chemical Concentrations
METTLER TOLEDO Thornton, a leading provider of pure water analytical measurement solutions, announces the expansion of its conductivity sensor portfolio with the UniCond 4-Edigital sensors.The new four-electrode sensors have been designed to provide highly accurate measurement across a very wide range: a single UniCond 4-E measures from pure potable water to acid or base concentrations. Applications for the UniCond 4-E series include Clean-in-Place and desalination processes, deionization regeneration, industrial processing,
Short Video about Fast and Safe Installation of Tank Scales
A short video explains how the SafeLock features of the Pinmount Weigh Modules from METTLER TOLEDO help to do the installation right the first time. Each Weigh Module is delivered pre adjusted and ready to install. The SafeLock protects the Weigh Module against accidental overload and ensures safety during installation. There is no need for auxiliary devices such as dead stands or dummy load cells. Pinmount Weigh Modules are delivered as
Safe Automated Weighing of Potent Compounds in the Pharmaceutical Industry
METTLER TOLEDO today announced an upcoming webinar entitled “Safe Automated Weighing of Potent Compounds in the Pharmaceutical Industry" with special guest presenter Dr. Roy Helmy, Director of GlobalAnalytical Chemistry at Merck Research Laboratories in Rahway, NJ. In this free educational webinar, laboratory managers andprofessionalswho are concerned with safety or responsible for safety measures will be introduced to an efficient and effective solution for weighing small quantities of potent compounds. Dr.Helmy will
White Paper Discusses Maintaining Sustainable Quality with Weighing
In food production, accurate weighing can greatly impact the overall quality and integrity of the product, as well as enhancing a business's productivity and competitiveness. When a food manufacturer's weighing equipment is not verified, it risks inaccurate weighing and inadequate process quality, safety and compliance. In a new white paper, "GWP - The Global Weighing Standard for the Food Industry," the experts at METTLER TOLEDO have outlined how the global

All 5 Releases


More Releases for METTLER

Partnership Program between METTLER TOLDEO and Konica Minolta
Two world-wide renowned specialists in their field join forces: METTLER TOLEDO and Konica Minolta Sensing announce a strategic partnership in the field of Multi-parameter Analysis for the Flavours & Fragrances industry. The partnership will bundle the CM-5 or CR-5 Spectrophotometer from Konica Minolta with the Density, Refractive index and pH instruments from METTLER TOLEDO to provide a complete system for automatic quality monitoring of raw materials and finished goods. Trend towards
METTLER TOLEDO Posts New Optimizing API Production Processes Webinar
Mettler-Toledo has announced its latest on-demand webinar for the pharmaceutical industry. Optimizing API Production Processes explains the value of implementing in-line process analytical systems for API production. During the three major steps of API production -- chemical reaction, crystallization, and drying -- process control is central to maximizing yield and efficiency. Although lab analysis of samples provides accurate measurements, it is frequently too slow to allow timely actions and often means
METTLER TOLEDO Thornton Introduces Total Organic Carbon Sensor with ISM
METTLER TOLEDO Process Analytics Division announces the introduction of its 5000TOCi sensor with Intelligent Sensor Management(ISM). The new sensor is ideal for continuous, fast, and reliable monitoring of total organic carbon (TOC) levels in applications such as Water for Injection, reverse osmosis membranes, effectiveness of TOC destruct UV lamps, resin bed performance, organics shedding, and quality of final rinse water. With fast response and continuous on-line measurements, the 5000TOCi sensor ensures
METTLER TOLEDO launches the SmartCal reference substance
METTLER TOLEDO, a leading global supplier of precision instruments and services,has launchedthe innovative SmartCalreference substance,designed to verify and document moisture analyzer performance with a simple 10-minute test. SmartCal is a new quality control checkbased on a certified and traceable reference substance,whichverifies instrument performancewith a simple 10-minute moisture measurement.SmartCal fulfills the quality management system requirements of the food sector (BRC, IFS), the pharmaceutical industry (GMP, USP ) and also meetsISO9001. A User-friendly, 10-minute
METTLER TOLEDO's 2nd Annual Customer Council
METTLER TOLEDO's 2012 Customer Council is a two-day event featuring speakers, roundtable discussions, panels and activities for grocery retailers, industry experts and solution providers. This collaborative occasion offers opportunity to share challenges and best practices, and discover new ways to strengthen business. Introduced in January 2011, the Customer Council was created to provide a common forum to share ideas and learn from the best and brightest in the grocery industry, in
METTLER TOLEDO Presents Kinetic Experimentation Webinar
METTLER TOLEDO has expanded its leading webinar program with an interactive event focused on teaching chemical kinetic experimentation methods. The event will aid in the training of industrial chemists worldwide. METTLER TOLEDO will hold a webinar, entitled “Teaching Chemical Kinetic Experimentation,” on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. By demonstrating basic kinetics experiments, guest lecturer Professor John R. Sowa, Jr. will explore how the methodology he uses in chemistry instruction can help those