Ozpak is a full-service, contract wine-packaging company. Based at Nagambie in central Victoria, it offers services in packaging, laboratory facilities and skills, logistics, tank farms, filtration and bulk storage. From its establishment in 2000, Ozpak is now one of Australia’s top packaging operations that handles premium-quality wine.
Because Ozpak handles premium-quality wines, its equipment needs to be reliable and efficient, outputting a professional-looking product.
The company has two bottling lines; one with one packing station, while the second has two, with two labellers at each station. Both lines run five days a week, 16 hours per day, outputting 6,000 bottles per hour. The existing applicators were 12 years old, with parts becoming hard to get if they needed replacing. Reliability was also decreasing.
Ozpak was averaging three minutes a shift per packing station of downtime, including roll changes and breakdowns; this equates to nine minutes per shift over three stations, or 18 minutes a day (over two shifts), which is 1.5 hours and downtime over five days.