Rigid Containers’ Wellington site in Somerset recently set a production record on its flagship BP Agnati corrugator. The ‘A Shift’ at the plant produced 131,990 linear metres in an eight hour shift – the highest amount that has been produced on the state-of-the-art machine.

The BP Agnati Quantum line has a maximum speed of 310m per min and the machine ran at an average speed for the whole shift of 275m per min. The crew consisted of four operators and a clamp truck driver – working together to produce 35 customer orders. In total there were 26 dry-end changes and 16 wet-end changes and 72 splices were carried out including one flute change. Total downtime for the shift was just 10 minutes – five minutes for a paper break and five minutes for the flute change.

Site Director Paul Barber commented: “This is a great achievement for the machine and the crew as some of the members have only been working on the machine for six months. We are very pleased with the corrugator and the working partnership we have created to enable us to achieve such a high production record.”

Rigid’s Wellington site was opened in 2013, firstly as a distribution hub for the South-West market  and after a period of significant investment a full range of converting equipment including the BP Agnati corrugator was installed.

Rigid Containers is part of VPK Packaging Group – one of the fastest growing independent European manufacturers of recycled paper and corrugated cases with an annual turnover of exceeding 1 billion EUR. Apart from the UK, it has a network of operating plants in Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Romania, Ireland and Scandinavia. Part of VPK since 2000, Rigid Containers has been an industry pioneer in meeting the demands of the modern supply chain in the UK by introducing innovative, integrated manufacturing and logistics facilities with large warehousing capabilities for an unrivalled outstanding ex-stock service.

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  • 4 Sep, 2017
  • Agnati

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