Schweppes

Schweppes launched The Real Iced Tea Co. range in late 2013. The company wanted to focus on growing the existing iced tea category, which continues to flourish. The all-natural product was created in response to consumers looking for something “better for them” that was between a full-sugar soft drink and water.

However, ongoing downtime due to losing memory of old carton coders was causing problems.

Before launching The Real Iced Tea Co., Schweppes spent nearly two years in R&D, creating more than 200 prototypes. So it made sense they thoroughly looked around for new coding equipment.

The HPET Manufacturing Engineer at Schweppes Australia Pty Ltd’s Tullamarine plant in Victoria, said they compared equipment from several suppliers, choosing to install an Mperia L-Series Thermal Inkjet Coder from Matthews Australasia.

“We chose that particular equipment because it’s the latest technology and simple to use, and also its ease of integration with existing equipment.”

SCHWEPPES

APPLICATION:CARTON CODING

BACKGROUND

After nearly two years in R&D, creating more than 200 prototypes, Schweppes launched The Real Iced Tea Co. range in late 2013. The operation wanted to focus on growing the existing iced tea category, which continues to flourish. The all-natural product was created in response to consumers looking for something “better for them” that was between a full-sugar soft drink and water

SITUATION

Ongoing downtime due to old carton coders losing memory was causing problems, and bottlenecking output.

BUSINESS NEEDS

The business needed a reliable carton coder to ensure output consistently remained at the required volume to meet customer demands, and not damage the brand through inconsistent supply.

Service back-up was also a priority

PROCESS NEEDS

Schweppes had 2 main needs:

  • to be able to print a variety of information on generic, plain brown board cartons
  • to integrate easily with existing technologies

It also needed to be easy to use.

SOLUTION

Matthews recommended an Mperia system, with two technologies: an Mperia L-Series Thermal Inkjet Coder and V-Series Drop on Demand (DOD) Coder, because of the advanced technology, its simplicity to use and ease of integration with existing equipment.

“The operators find it extremely user friendly and we’re very satisfied.”

— Jason Luhm, HPET Manufacturing Engineer, Schweppes Australia Pty Ltd’s Tullamarine plant

The Mperia is set up to run 6 coding heads for the two different technologies on the one production line from the one controller, a capability unique to the Mperia.

OUTCOME

The Mperia sits at the carton coder, on the outfeed of the packer, printing between 40-60 codes a minute, operating 6 days a week.

It improves what Schweppes already does, but also allows them to enter new markets, with the capabilities of red-ink printing and coding special codes and texts, as well as the variety of text size and fonts – including the ‘Badhouse’ font they use on generic, plain brown board cartons.

On top of the capabilities of their old coder, operators can do a lot more with the Mperia: for example, modify, edit and create new codes while the system is still running.

The Mperia L-Series Thermal Inkjet Coder has had a strong impact on the company’s efficiencies and productivity: downtime has improved due to not losing memory; they have quick changeovers between code selection from product to product; there’s less mess on the coder heads due to better control of ink usage and it has a simple flush system. Adjusting operator settings, such as setting of margins, is also very easy.