Lan Handling Technologies kicks off 2021 by making a simulation tool available for wet pet food producers.
Thijs van Gerven, Sales Manager: “Over the past year, we spoke with many companies that, partly under the influence of Covid-19, were considering the switch to automation. We noticed a common thread in the questions asked; how combine batch retort loading with a continuous product flow? How to create flexibility in a production line, for example if a retort suddenly needs maintenance? And what is the maximum capacity of a certain lay-out? That is why we decided to develop an easy-to-use simulation tool to increase the understanding of automated retort handling”.
The new simulation tool of Lan Handling Technologies, which can be found on the website, offers the following benefits:
After choosing the product type (pouch/tub or can/jar) it is possible to start the simulation tool. By entering some product details, additional advice is given in terms of achieving 100% tray-filling, a future proof production line dealing with product size variety and the importance of drying products before packaging.
These simulations were made in collaboration with Unit040, on the PREspective platform, and are Lan’s first step in the world of digitization. “You can imagine that from here we investigate the step of also testing prototypes of lines in this way and afterwards using it as a training tool for the local staff ”, says Thijs.
Pet owners want a lot from their pet food brands. They want primary proteins that suit what they believe is best for their animal. They want grains or they don't. They want something customized, but it has to be easy to understand.
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