Looye Kwekers has started to weigh smarter, thus reducing the give-away percentage for their most important product group by 1.5 percent.
The cooperation between LRE, developer of weighing technology, and Looye started at the beginning of 2018. The company was looking for a new partner to replace its scales. LRE and Looye came into contact with each other through a joint partner. The use of smart weighing and registration had not gone unnoticed. The company was already aware of the benefits of smart scales and software. In line with the overall wishes and needs, in close cooperation was looked into totally replacing the scales and software at Looye Kwekers.
A large-scale project of 120 scales
The scales and software have been implemented in phases. In total there are 120 smart scales installed across 8 production lines and 1 sorting line, all of which communicate wirelessly with the software. The software can be used to send products to the scales. The software offers a live overview of every operation performed on the DTS-V scale. In addition, there are various reporting options, which provide insight in, among other things, accuracy, productivity and product quality.
Savings on labor and product
The project in the field of hardware and software is currently in the final phase. “We are very satisfied with the labor and product savings that we now achieve through smart weighing and registration. We have reduced the give-away percentage on our most important product by 1.5 percent. In terms of labor, we have been able to achieve an estimated saving of around 5 percent. The total package has been operational for half a year. We expect to earn back the investment within 1 year”, says deputy manager packaging Michael van den Bos.
A striking module is the smiley functionality. The DTS-V display shows a green smiley when the packing speed in kilograms per hour is on or above the average of all employees on the same production line.
The Looye employees experience the positive feedback as an extra incentive to achieve a green smiley and, above all, to hold on to it. "We have a few fanatics who do everything to hold on to the green smiley all day," said Michael.
"We are currently working hard on the final fine-tuning of the solution," says project manager at LRE Wim van der Plas. "We are very proud of a customer like Looye Kwekers and will keep on working to continue the close cooperation in the coming years. We continue to optimize smart technology and support Looye wherever possible in order to achieve further savings in the future."