New pack design and automated processes contribute to growth
With its new product design, its consumer-friendly packaging and its new pack sizes, Norrmejerier wants to consolidate its position in the cheese market still further. The use of more robots and thermoforming packaging machines, instead of pouch packaging solutions, are just two of the innovations in Norrmejerier’s large new factory, where cheese blocks are unpacked and portioned, and the product is then packed in primary and secondary packaging.
The Christmas rush has just ended, and Micael Höglund, technician and sub-project manager at Norrmejerier in Umeå, Sweden, is satisfied with the results. The new packaging system over an area of approx. 2,300 m2 with an output of up to 9,000 tons per year comprises three lines for processing cheese blocks, as well as a line for manufacturing grated products.
After five months of thorough project planning and the line then successfully being put into service, the top speed of the packaging line has been almost doubled, now amounting to just over 60 packs per minute on the 750-gram line.
“Our old system was pretty worn out: the output was too low, and the grated cheese came out looking like Lego bricks. A new packaging line with cutting-edge technology was the only way for us to increase our output, cut lead times, minimise wastage, optimise our work environment and regain control of the entire production process. In total, we invested approximately SEK 200 million in the project. We estimate that the cost will be amortised within the next six years,” says Micael Höglund.