PPMA Show visit delivers key range of packaging unit gains

WestRock Linkx Systems has reduced changeover times on its BoxSizer smart case packer while reducing errors and delivering repeatable savings thanks to wireless indicators from Elesa UK.

WestRock Linkx Systems manufacture machines and integrated lines for shelf-ready packaging and when one of its customers saw the Elesa RF wireless electronic position indicator system on Elesa’s PPMA Show stand a couple of years ago, they asked WestRock Linkx to trial it. The customer felt it could speed up machine changeovers while ensuring reliable, repeatable accuracy.

After the PPMA Show, Elesa provided an RF system package to WestRock Linkx which proved to be a like-for-like fit in place of the position indicators it had previously installed. This enabled faster re-sets by use of an automated controller via the machine PLC, reducing operator time and also operator error.

Following the initial trials, customer satisfaction was high across a range of subsequent machine installations leading to one machine end user saying: “this cost-effective upgrade was added to our machines in under two days and has already made huge improvements to product changeovers and set-up times.” 

The team at WestRock Linkx was so impressed that the RF system has now been adopted as a standard option across its range.

“Our use of the Elesa RF wireless electronic positioning system stemmed from a customer demand for faster, more accurate, repeatable changeovers – a demand we were delighted to meet,” explains Tom Whatling, technical sales manager at WestRock Linkx.

“We have the ability to design and manufacture compact, flexible and upgradable automated packaging solutions that are suitable for 24/7 production and warehouse applications, so using the Elesa RF wireless electronic positioning system exactly compliments that manufacturing model,” he says.

In operation, the Elesa wireless electronic positioning system enables faster and more reliable machine setup by use of a wireless connected profile controller, which displays the initial setup values on each of up to 36 electronic position indicators. “It is now a mainstream option on all our machines and can be retrofitted to our installations – even to other manufacturer’s machines where we are upgrading a complete facility,” says Whatling.

  • You will find further details of this story in the September/October issue of Machinery Update (published 16 September) where it fills a page of installations news.