A United Biscuits employee was rewarded with € 9.000 for his idea to weigh rest material and production waste directly on the forklift truck. ‘One of our employees was exclusively working on pouring the waste from one bin into another and making sure that it was loaded on the trailer’, confirms warehouse operations manager M. Verwey.
"In our procedure now, with weighing and transporting, will result in a considerable saving."
- M. VERWEY, WAREHOUSE OPERATIONS MANAGER
Weighing of rest material of biscuits
Verkade has been producing biscuits in Zaandam for over a 100 years. Several years ago the company was taken over by the British United Biscuits Group, that was looking for an entry on the European continent. Nowadays also Croky and Delacre are part of the group, each company with its’ own specific product. At the production facilities in Zaandam superfluous materials and waste products arise during the production process. Both flows have to be weighed before further processing.
Before: time-consuming procedures and a lack of information
Fats and crumbs that arise during the production and rejected, unpacked materials are removed and will be used to make cattle fodder. Before this waste was transferred from the production bin into another bin and brought to the container with the lift truck. The bin is fitted with a lid, that had to be opened manually so that the waste poured out. This took a lot of time. Next to this, the waste was weighed only in a complete trailer on a weighing platform, so there was no weight information available about the separate waste flows.
One of the employees came up with the idea that one could save a lot of time if the lift truck driver could empty the production bin directly in the container and if the bin could be weighed immediately on the lift truck. The Linde lift truck was equipped with a Kaupp rotator and RAVAS autonomous weighing forks. With these adjustments they were able to weigh the waste during the transport to the container and pour it directly into the container. Not only this solution was timesaving, because of it they could weigh the waste streams separately. Because of this they got access to information that could approve the production process. The staff member got rewarded for his idea with 9,000 euro’s!