The Swedish company Delicato is a popular producer of pastries. Their products are well known and the demand is high. The products have always been packed manually. But packing manually with increasing demand is stressful. For their most popular product, a chocolate oat treat called Delicatoboll, it was impossible to both keep up the packing speed and a healthy work environment. They needed to streamline the production line and looked for automatic packing machines.
Delicato started off with introducing robotic arms picking the chocolate pastries and placing them into trays. As they bake 200 000 of the Delicatoboll alone in one day, this made a difference for the packing employees. But the stress levels were still too high and the need to increase automation even further was clear. They reached out to several suppliers searching for a machine that would also pack the consumer packages in boxes and on to pallets. They chose a so-called wraparound machine.
“We picked Stora Enso’s solution because it felt problem-free. We went to see one of their machines in action, it worked smoothly and it was easy to overview the process. The more automation you add, the more potential problems there can be. So, we wanted an easy-to-use equipment and that’s what we got”, says Kalle Sundback, Project Engineer at Delicato.
The problem-solving wraparound machine
First, the wraparound machine feeds in a flat sheet of corrugated board. After that, the products come in. The machine then folds, wraps and glues the board around the products, making it into a box that is packed and ready for transport. After the wraparound machine has done its job, a label is added on the box and the ready boxes are automatically packed on pallets before they go out to retailers.
The 200 000 pastries equal 35 000 consumer packages that the machine packs daily.
“Simply put, the wraparound is a problem solver. The machine and the boxes it makes, remove a bottleneck for us. It enables us to keep and increase the flow without our employees risking repetitive strain injury”, says Kalle Sundback.