Linkx cuts postal costs for major Internet retailer
10 May 2012
Carton erectors and closers supplied by Linkx Systems for use on two new packaging lines are playing an important role in helping one of the UK’s largest mail order suppliers of CDs and DVDS, to minimise its postal costs. This is a particularly important requirement for the company as it offers its customers free UK delivery on all items.
Linkx Systems developed and manufactured the new machines specifically for the application, working in conjunction with Conveyor Networks Limited, the main contractor for the project.
The carton erectors supplied by Linkx Systems for the new packaging lines prepare mailing cartons to receive up to two CDs or DVDs. The products needed to fulfil each customer order are placed in the cartons by hand, after which the cartons pass to the closer. This has been specially designed to ensure that the thickness of the finished and sealed carton is less than 25 mm, thereby avoiding the much higher postal charges that apply to thicker packages.
The new packaging lines are both currently operating at around 25 cartons per minute, but each line has a maximum throughput of 40 cartons per minute, providing generous spare capacity to cater for future growth in the business.
Like all Linkx Systems machines, the carton erectors and closers supplied use precision servo control for all major motion axes, and incorporate a programmable controller – in this case a Rockwell Automation unit in line with the site standard – for overall control of machine operation. This arrangement not only provides dependable operation and high throughput, but also offers maximum flexibility to cope with changes in end user requirements.
For further information:
Madelaine Hayward, Linkx Systems Ltd
Anson House, Anson Way, Ellough, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 7TJ
T: 01502 713777