BRB saves time and space by using twelve pallet truck scales for filling IBC containers, mixing lubricants and filling commercial packaging. And those pallet truck scales also come in handy when doing inventories in the warehouse.
"The pallet truck scales turned out to be tremendously useful: you are no longer waiting for each other and there’s some extra space in the factory."
- MATTHIJS VOSSEN, PRODUCTION LEADER
Raw materials mixed by weight
BRB BV is a wholesale and production company in silicones, lubricants, additives and chemicals. The graphic industry and condom producers buy silicones. Lubricants and transmission oils are sold to the automotive industry. For several OEM’s BRB produces cooling fluids and anti-freeze, all together 3500 tons per year. For a large oil company BRB mixes raw materials that the company supplies.
Major growth demands changes
In the early years BRB used a U-beam floor scale. That was fine as long as there weren't too many employees: if someone wanted to weigh, he walked over to the floor scale. However, the company grew explosively and more employees were hired. Soon they were in each other’s way, causing queues at the floor scale. A lot of time was lost. Production leader Vossen: 'The pallet truck scales turned out to be tremendously useful: you are no longer waiting for each other and there’s some extra space in the factory. Where first there was the floor scale, there is now room for other activities.'
Legal for trade and explosion proof scales
Today BRB operates twelve pallet truck scales, two of which in explosion proof version. Three legal for trade units are used for filling commercial packaging. Incoming silicones or oils are dosed into IBC-containers, straight from the tanker truck. The containers are either stored or used in the mixing row. Semi-finished products up to 1,000 litre are prepared in IBC-containers. Ingredients are mixed by weight, according to a recipe. During the procedure the mixer can see on the rotating indicator how much of the ingredient has been dosed and how much more needs to be added.