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Counting Scales and Checkweighers imporve Processes

15 July 2010

The Austrian metal fittings company, Blum is investing heavily in a programme of continuous improvement for its processes.

Part of the drive towards improving processes involves counting and checkweighers scales from METTLER TOLEDO.

These devices are helping Blum to increase operational efficiency, avoid incorrect deliveries, and eliminate the costs associated with overfilling.

Based in Vorarlberg, Blum's success story began more than 50 years ago. Today, Blum is a global player, having made its name as a manufacturer of kitchen-based hinge, lift, and pull-out systems. Blum focuses on products and services that simplify day-to-day tasks for its customers.

Accurate deliveries

When it comes to manually picking orders for metal fittings, it is crucial that customer orders are put together accurately. Customers should receive nothing more or less than the products they have ordered.

This is where Blum relies on scales from METTLER TOLEDO. The first scale checks whether the right number of metal fittings have been picked for the order. This involves the colorWeight® display of the IND449check+ scale terminal responding to underfilling or overfilling as follows: if products are underfilled or overfilled, Blum’s display lights up red.

Once the target weight is achieved, the display changes colour to grey. In the next operating step, the picked product is sealed and packaged into shipping cartons. At this stage, the second scale counts the packs to ensure the right number is sent with each carton. As soon as the carton contains the right number, the backlighting of the IND449check+ terminal display changes to green.

An investment in process improvement

Johann Schmidinger, Quality Control Manager at Blum, has his own views on this investment in process improvement: "As far as we're concerned, the benefits of investing in METTLER TOLEDO checkweighers and counting scales are threefold. Firstly, costs incurred from overfilling can be significantly reduced; secondly, incorrect deliveries can be prevented; and thirdly, the operational efficiency of users can be maximised."

The scales can be operated intuitively and thus greatly reduce the amount of work involved. Operators no longer need to stare at illegible digits, but can tell at a glance whether the target value has been achieved. This increases the efficiency of costly manual labour.

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METTLER TOLEDO is the leading supplier of quality weighing and measuring solutions. The organisation is the world’s largest manufacturer of weighing technologies for use in laboratory, industrial and food retailing environments. 

METTLER TOLEDO also holds key market positions for various analytical instruments and is a principal provider of automated chemistry systems, used in the discovery and development of new drugs and chemical compounds. In addition, METTLER TOLEDO is also the world’s largest manufacturer of metal detection and X-ray product inspection technologies, for use in the production and packaging sectors.

The business maintains a premier position in many in many in-line process monitoring applications.

From its headquarters in Leicester, METTLER TOLEDO offers product, technical and application expertise as well as comprehensive service, support and calibration capabilities.

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