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.
As such, equipment needs to be reliable.
Ozpak 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.
Jake Lloyd, who’s in charge of wine logistics at Ozpak, says, “Our old applicators were around 12 years old and parts were becoming hard to get if we needed to replace them. They had probably run their race, and were starting to become less reliable.
“We were averaging three minutes a shift per packing station of downtime, including roll changes and breakdowns. That may not sound like much, but those three minutes over three stations is nine minutes per shift, and over two shifts that’s 18 minutes a day, which is an hour and a half of downtime over five days.”