Anpario has, for the past few years, made significant investments in its production plant located in Nottinghamshire, UK.
In addition to investing in the upgrade of the plant and equipment, the company has implemented a company-wide enterprise resource planning (ERP) system which is fully integrated with the plant's process control system.
The first stage started in 2013 with the installation of the automated mixing control software, enabling guaranteed accuracy of finished products. Since then, incremental improvements in onsite storage capacities, dedicated production lines and high-tech dust extraction systems have brought the Anpario to its final stage of capital expenditure, where GBP1 million (US$1.22 million) is being spent on fully automating packing lines with high-end machinery.
"It's been a real team effort getting this machinery in without disrupting production capabilities or affecting the high level of service we provide to our customers," Shane Bailey, Anpario
's operations director and head of the project, said. "The project has been achieved with the help of both the production and maintenance teams working around the clock to ensure the planned work was carried out on time."
The upgrades futureproof the production facility by significantly increasing throughput potential. The production plant's process control system is integrated with Anpario's global ERP system. This means that when an order is placed in any one of the company's three subsidiaries - US, China or Brazil, it will automatically generate a production order instruction in the UK plant, in real time.
The new automated system makes the process quicker and cleaner, thus improving the quality of service. Anpario will also be able to keep up with the growing demand from customers, meeting large orders at short notice, with a faster turnaround time.