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issue: February 2009 APPLIANCE Magazine

Case Study: Packaging
Flexible Appliance Packaging


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Neff needed to package more cooking appliances and spend less on packaging materials. It took a flexible solution to achieve both goals.

Neff needed to package more cooking appliances and spend less on packaging materials. It took a flexible solution to achieve both goals.

When the Neff GmbH plant in Bretten, Germany, began looking for a new packaging system for cooking appliances, one of its primary goals was to reduce its costs for packaging material. At the same time, the company needed to address the plant’s rising production capacity.

Neff is a wholly owned subsidiary of BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH, which already operates more than 15 packaging lines around the world from MSK Verpackungs-Systeme GmbH. When Neff’s technical project management took its requirements to MSK, an extensive packaging analysis was launched at a BSH affiliated company in Spain and at MSK in Kleve, Germany.

“In our pilot-plant stations for customers, we check out the best handling and packaging procedure with the client’s individual, original products,” explains MSK marketing and sales manager Uwe Jonkmanns. “By analyzing the results together with the customer, his experience complements ours and consequently, the unique systems and operations give him an enormous head start in matters of competition.”

The analysis, plus BSH’s experience with the supplier, helped Neff management make the decision to go with new MSK shrink-packaging technology. “Concerning the acquisition of the packaging machine, MSK stuck out because of its great support in project planning,” says Daniel Hettenbach, project manager of Neff.

Unique Technology

The new MSK FlowTech shrink-packaging system, installed in Bretten at the start of 2008, is the first of its kind in the household appliance industry.

The system works according to a principle called film passage and is equipped with three film sizes. An automatic film size changer ensures that the film fits the height of each particular product. Thereby, the machine is able to flexibly adapt to the largest possible number of different product dimensions.

This also means that the film is used optimally for every product that is packaged, so material use is reduced to a minimum. The horizontal arrangement of the film rolls prolongs the roll exchange intervals and makes change-out easier.

Integrated into the packaging system is the MSK RecoTech, which uses a high capacity pallet shrink frame technique based on a hot-air system developed by MSK. It is suitable for a variety of product sizes, and in mixed production there is no need to mechanically regulate the heating elements. The pallet shrink frame adjusts to the different formats optimally and fully automatically. This leads to energy savings, yet with a high safety standard and film-conserving shrinkage.

The new system is designed for a capacity of 360 products per hour, and Neff is pleased with the results.

“The professional proceeding with the project execution…allowed a smooth start into the phase of commissioning, as well as project conclusion in due time,” says Hettenbach.

 

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