HydroChem’s automated, integrated labelling has resulted in a host of productivity, accuracy and safety benefits, which are also interlinked:
- more responsive & flexible production
- increased productivity
- eliminated labelling-error risk
- enhanced work environment
HydroChem’s output is thrice what it was, with the same amount of staff, neatly setting the business up to keep growing well into the future; at 600 containers a day, throughput is well below the LPA’s capacity, again giving plenty of flexibility for growth.
The solution has improved HydroChem’s responsiveness to fill and produce what’s needed immediately. This has saved storage space and, importantly, simultaneously enhanced worker safety. Because the larger containers get heavy when full, previously HydroChem would manually label empty drums, and then put them aside, meaning they needed to find space for a batch of 600 empty drums.
The label print and apply machine integrated to HydroChem’s SCADA system via iDSnet has improved inventory control, reduced human-error risks and given HydroChem far greater flexibility on production timing. One of the major advantages is being able to change what they’re producing rather than being bound to pack off what had been pre-labelled the day before. This has greatly improved product-need responsiveness.
For HydroChem, which won the 2015 Environmental Sustainability Award, business relationships and top quality are very important. In 2011, the company was proud when client Godfrey Hirst won the Premier’s Sustainability Awards in two categories. A major component of the submission was water. HydroChem had designed, built and operates the Geelong carpet-manufacturer’s 1ML/day water-recycling plant, which saves up to 250ML of water a year
Some of the company’s clients have been with HydroChem for many years because of its longterm approach to seeing them succeed. It’s something they also liked in Matthews.