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Procter Machine Guarding for Soft Drinks Co Britvic Ireland

Britvic Ireland is said to be the number-one soft drinks company in Ireland by volume, with market-leading brands including Ballygowan, 7UP, Club, Mi Wadi and Robinson. The company recently contracted KHS Kisters to supply a new palletising line for bottles of soft drinks, and Procter Machine Guarding was tasked by KHS Kisters with providing the guarding. One of the main reasons why Procter won the work was because it offered a ‘full service’ and not just the supply of physical guards.

Depending on the project, Procter can work with other companies to provide risk assessment, design, system integration, installation and commissioning services in addition to the provision of close-fitting and perimeter guarding.  For the Britvic project, Procter worked with ISS Safety Ltd to provide guarding, safety devices and control panels, complete with on-site installation. KHS Kisters then integrated the safety devices within the machine’ overall control system.

The palletising line is based around a robot, with an infeed conveyor for bottles and another conveyor onto which empty pallets are loaded by a forklift truck. Bottles are initially marshalled into groups, which are then conveyed to the robot for stacking on pallets. A cardboard pad is placed automatically between layers of bottles and, when the pallet is full, it is conveyed to a wrapper.  The wrapped pallet continues along the conveyor to a labeller, then on the colection point ready for a forklift truck.

For guarding the palletising line, the scope of supply included 75 linear metres of Satech Basic modular perimeter guarding 2.0m high in the standard black powder-coated finish, plus one pair of double gates and four further gates.  Most of the guarding and gates were stadnard products, but there were some fence panels and gates that were bespoke or modified to suit the palletising line.  All of the gates were fitted with keyswitch interlocks. There were also four safety light curtains and two inductive loops installed in the floor to detect the presence of forklift trucks at the pallet loading and unloading points.

Procter supplied the standard, bespoke and modified guarding, while ISS sourced the safety devices and installed the guarding and electrical equipment on site in Ireland.  All work was carried out to specifications supplied by KHS Kisters.

For KHS Kisters, working through Procter Machine Guarding for all aspects of the machine safeguarding meant that project management was simplified and it avoided the potential for disputes between suppliers over roles and responsibilities. Overall, it proved to be a very cost-effective way to work, with lower project management overheads, reduced project risk and high standards of quality and customer service.

To discuss any requirements for machine guarding services, please email Procter Machine Safety or telephone us.