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5 Strategies to Selecting the Right Changeover Parts Supplier 

 

Properly maintaining high value machinery, increasing OEE performance, and reducing changeover downtime are just a few advantages to effective changeover management. A thoughtful approach to sourcing and managing change parts can help you drive efficiency, uncover cost savings, and improve production and line flexibility.  Many of Septimatech’s customers have shared their insights into what they look for from us when sourcing changeover solutions.

 

Here are 5 key things to consider as you source and manage your change parts:

 

I.  Quality—Materials, Precision Craftsmanship and Lean Principles

 

Quality is the most critical factor in sourcing change parts. High quality, precision-crafted parts made right the first time that provide consistent, repeatable performance are top priorities.

 

Time is money. When selecting change part solutions consider changeover set up time, uptime performance and lean practices. Change parts that ensure repeatable and reliable changeovers through lean principles eliminate operator guesswork and set up variability. They install easier, sustain repeatable set up, and reduce the necessity to make continual fine-tuning adjustments. Parts that provide accurate, consistent and repeatable container control provide greater SKU output and performance to optimum levels.   

 

Parts that use quality materials perform better, last longer, reduce product spillage and help reduce the possibility of product or machine damage. Improvements in durability, performance and noise reduction are frequently a result of matching the right material with the desired outcome. Material differences and related outcomes are some of the key reasons packaged goods manufacturers turn to Septimatech versus OEMs for replacement components.

 

II.  Fast, Responsive Delivery


Packaging is a time sensitive world. A part supplier who understands your SKU demands and performance expectations can help you improve uptime and changeover time while reducing operator variation. Solutions that are manufactured and delivered right the first time will help keep you on track for production timelines.

Consider smart storage systems or ergonomic carts to keep adequate inventory of change parts.  Properly stored for ease of identification, every part has a location to reduce loss or damage and parts that are readily available enhance efficient, safe, and quick changeovers.

 

III.  Experience and Expertise
 

Experience with a variety of packaging equipment and applications, expertise in lean manufacturing, and helping you reduce risk are important attributes to achieving peak performance. Your change part manufacturers should have a track record of success in similar or identical applications. One of the most valued contributions we provide our customers is experience in improving performance for a wide range of packaging machinery and line designs.


Well-designed, ergonomic parts are simpler and faster to change, store and manage. Ergonomic change parts that are color coded and tool-less provide faster changeover times, and reduce installation errors. The synchronization between changeover parts and equipment needs to take into consideration optimal human and machine interaction.  This is a significant factor to increase production, increase safety and overall efficiency. Parts that are easy to install reduce injury risk and improve changeover efficiency.  Changeovers need to be reliable and repeatable to reduce the amount of operator interaction. Septimatech changeover solutions apply feedback from our customers that will reduce risk of potential health and safety issues.


IV.  Ergonomics, Service and Installation

 

Experience with a variety of packaging equipment and applications, expertise in lean manufacturing, and helping you reduce risk are important attributes to achieving peak performance. Your change part manufacturers should have a track record of success in similar or identical applications. One of the most valued contributions we provide our customers is experience in improving performance for a wide range of packaging machinery and line designs.


Well-designed, ergonomic parts are simpler and faster to change, store and manage. Ergonomic change parts that are color coded and tool-less provide faster changeover times, and reduce installation errors. The synchronization between changeover parts and equipment needs to take into consideration optimal human and machine interaction.  This is a significant factor to increase production, increase safety and overall efficiency. Parts that are easy to install reduce injury risk and improve changeover efficiency.  Changeovers need to be reliable and repeatable to reduce the amount of operator interaction. Septimatech changeover solutions apply feedback from our customers that will reduce risk of potential health and safety issues.
 

V.  Machine Flexibility and Solutions


Whether you are introducing new containers or experiencing higher SKU demands, at some point you will need to modify or upgrade your packaging equipment. Do your homework on machinery and change parts applications, costs, quality and alternatives.  Revitalizing packaging equipment through new parts and components that improve performance or extend flexibility to handle future bottle geometry and SKU demand is a cost-effective alternative to complete system replacement.

Septimatech has a track record for getting the most from your packaging equipment for optimal machine flexibility.  When you are considering buying a new machine, Septimatech can add value in your ROI analysis by helping you investigate the possibility of replacing parts and components instead. Our knowledge and experience with multiple machine platforms and models, container control, and risk management is applied to existing equipment — without comprising performance. 

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Join us at PACK EXPO CHICAGO, Booth # N-5936!

PACK EXPO CHICAGO

Septimatech Features Packaging Machine and Line Changeover Performance Solutions at PACK EXPO International Chicago, Booth #N-5936

 

  • Line changeovers reduced from hours to minutes
  • Accurate, repeatable setup and changes to precise tolerances improve performance, container handling, and productivity
  • See Septimatech at PACK EXPO International, November 6-9, Booth N-5936

 

Waterloo, ON – Packaging machine and line changeover is usually viewed as lost time and productivity. Septimatech is changing that by helping packaging operations improve performance and productivity through more efficient, repeatable changeovers, precise container handling and increased flexibility.

 

At PACK EXPO International, November 6-9 in Chicago, Septimatech is featuring multiple packaging changeover and container handling solutions, including its Unison G2 high performance adjustable guide rail system, Multi-Lane Adjustment System, Rapid eXchange No Tool (RXNT) change parts, Custom Container Handling and OEM Replacement Change Parts, Smart Storage Systems, and Feed Screws and Drives.

 

Unison G2 is the second generation of Septimatech’s modular Unison Guide Rail System which delivers industry-leading changeover time, adjustment accuracy, and container control. The Unison system allows customers to precisely change up to 80 feet (24m) of guide rail, including any configuration of straight, curves, corners, and crossovers from a single adjustment location. Accurate, repeatable adjustments are accomplished without pneumatics or tools—manually or automatically through a PLC. Corners, curves, and crossovers maintain true curve and width dimensions without further individual adjustment. Operator variations are eliminated through precise dial settings for different containers and high precision rack and pinion adjusters. Line changes which typically take hours are reduced to minutes.

 

Septimatech’s Multi-Lane Adjustment System allows one person to rapidly and simultaneously set up multiple packaging lanes without changing parts or using spacers and heavy lifting equipment. Up to 30 ft. (9m) of straight lanes can be adjusted from a single location in less than five minutes. Adjustments are accurate and repeatable with precise tolerances to improve container handling. Typically, a similar section would take two people 35-50 minutes to changeover. The Multi-Lane Adjustment System is suitable for any configuration or packaging application where multiple lanes are required.

 

Septimatech’s RXNT Rapid eXchange No Tool Change Parts allow quick, efficient repeatable changeover of precisely engineered parts on rotary machines. The RXNT system employs one-time installation of Nucleus components and Satellite parts designed for specific containers that quickly and easily lock into place without using tools. CNC routed Satellite parts provide pocket-to-pocket consistency for precise container handling.

 

Septimatech manufactures numerous innovative Custom Container Handling and OEM Replacement Change Parts that improve changeover and operating performance of many machines, including cappers, fillers, labelers, rinsers/washers, among others. Many leading consumer and industrial goods companies depend on Septimatech change parts to improve machine flexibility and productivity.

 

Septimatech’s Smart Storage Systems provide maximum storage space and organization for change parts in a lightweight, transportable cart. Smart Storage Systems make change parts easy to identify, organize, clean, protect from loss or damage, and are easy to transport around packaging line as needed.

 

Septimatech’s Feed Screw Drive Systems are easily adaptable to any packaging machinery or used as a stand-alone unit. Septimatech Feed Screw Drive Systems provide maximum performance for simple and complex applications and containers of any shape. Changeovers are repeatable, quick and easy for reliable performance and optimal packaging line efficiency. A range of Septimatech Feed Screws will also be on exhibit.

 

“We help our customers overcome challenges that limit their productivity and changeover efficiency,” said Sharron Gilbert, Septimatech President and CEO. “Our main goals are to simplify changeovers and maximize our customers’ current line and machine performance and flexibility for future container changes.”

 

About Septimatech Group Inc.

Septimatech is a leading worldwide provider of packaging machine and line changeover productivity solutions. Our precision-engineered solutions simplify operations, improve efficiency, and assure rapid, accurate, repeatable changeovers and adjustments. Many of the world’s leading consumer and industrial goods manufacturers depend on Septimatech to increase uptime, improve performance and flexibility, and overcome unique production challenges. Our products include rapid change, high performance guide rail systems, change parts, integrated line adjustment solutions, feed screw drive systems, feed screws, label handling, and lean storage concepts. Septimatech is committed to helping our customers maximize their line’s potential and achieve reliable performance in every change.  Septimatech is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario. 

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Each issue features solutions and tips for improving packaging line performance and changeover efficiency. The Changeover eXchange will be published 2 times a year. We welcome your feedback and suggestions on future topics.

 

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Seven Tips for Keeping Your Packaging Line Running at Peak Performance

 

Packaging is a time-sensitive world. Minutes matter. Less than optimum performance and interruptions – scheduled or unscheduled – increase costs and reduce production efficiencies. Here are seven tips to improve production and keep your packaging line running at peak performance.

 

  1. Proper installation and setup. Optimum performance begins with precise, accurate installation and setup.  Work with knowledgeable vendors who want you to understand your machines as well as they do. Look for high quality technical experts who are experienced problem solvers and committed to achieving your performance goals and providing the best solutions for your application.

 

  1. Keep your line clean and organized. Well-maintained machines run faster and break down less frequently. Be prepared for changeovers by having change parts ready near the machine. An organized work area reduces down time, increases efficiency, and creates a safer environment for your team. Explore storage systems that help you achieve these goals.

 

  1. Regular maintenance and issue documentation. Preventative maintenance reduces the frequency of breakdowns and helps prevent product or machine damage. It helps ensure that your machine continues to run at peak performance. Record the reason for production interruptions and how long it took to repair. Recording a history of downtime and causes helps build or improve maintenance schedules and prevent future occurrences. Connecting downtime costs with problem areas helps you understand your ROI and focus on efficiency improvements.

 

  1. Keep quality parts in stock. Adequate stock of potential wear parts helps you adhere to a regular maintenance program and prevent problems before they occur. Quality, precision-crafted change parts are easier to install and adjust. They perform better, last longer and help reduce the possibility of product or machine damage.

 

  1. Repeatable Changeovers. To achieve the lowest possible downtime and optimum performance, changeovers need to be simple, accurate, and repeatable. Documented, automated, or easy adjust processes and systems improve speed and consistency. Components and systems designed for rapid, tool-less changeover without the need for operator adjustments can reduce changeover time from hours to minutes, eliminate errors and ensure accurate, repeatable settings aligned to your product. Septimatech has helped leading companies worldwide achieve fast, accurate, repeatable changeovers with its numerous Machine Productivity and Line Adjustment Systems.

 

  1. Train your employees.  Know your machines and train your team. Document proper setup and changeover procedures and make sure staff are following them. This creates a baseline and helps to prevent shortcuts that may reduce performance, cause premature wear, or machine damage. Establishing 5S procedures increases efficiency and focus on areas for improvement. 

 

  1. Communication. Encourage communication among operators and service personnel between shifts to expose any challenges that are currently being experienced on the line. Sharing information helps prevent downtime and faster identification of problems if they do occur. 
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All NEW site

Welcome to our new Website! 

Septimatech is excited to reveal our new website at www.septimatech.com.

Our website has been completely redesigned with our Customers in mind to help you quickly and easily find the solution and services information you want, learn more about  the advantages of working with Septimatech, read new content about our industry and company, or contact us.  The new site includes improved user-friendly navigation, responsive search functionality, up-to-date innovative products and services content, and high quality product photos and videos. The new design allows you to more easily learn about our machine productivity solutions, repeatable line adjustment solutions, as well as our reliable customer service. In addition to its aesthetically-pleasing new look, and improved speed and navigation, our new website is mobile-friendly to help you effectively and efficiently find what you need wherever you are.

 

We encourage you to explore our new website to get a sense of Septimatech’s commitment to reliable performance in every change. Septimatech delivers reliable productivity improvements for packaging lines and machines worldwide by delivering intelligent, high-quality, easy-to-use solutions for rapid, tool-less changeovers, consistent container control, and increased flexibility. Moreover, we are committed to our Customers’ success with quality solutions and world class, knowledgeable sales, service, engineering and support.  

 

NEW LAYOUT AND FEATURES
Search Bar –  

At the top of each page, there is now a search engine function to quickly hone in on the specific product or service you are searching for. 

What's New –  

Our “What’s New” page features the latest designs and innovations from Septimatech. As always, Septimatech solutions are customer results driven. We continually strive to develop the most consistent, cost-effective, and efficient performance enhancement products backed by responsive, world class support, service and training. 

Blog –  

In the “Blog” section, our entries will highlight upcoming events and underscore our company culture, which remains dedicated to providing customer service excellence that is passionate about supporting our customers every step of the way. 

Quote and Information Request Form –  

In addition to accessing our telephone and mailing information, our “Contact Us” page now features a direct-access form to send questions, comments, and requests easily to Septimatech. 

Machine Productivity Solutions –  

This quick navigation circle will direct you to more information on Septimatech’s superior quick change parts, feed screws, feed screw drive systems, and smart storage solutions. 

Repeatable Line Adjustment Solutions –  

This quick navigation circle leads you to more products surrounding our Unison adjustable guide rail systems - including our NEW Unison G2 - our new multi-lane adjustment systems, and adjustable cap tracks. 

Reliable Customer Service –  

This quick navigation circle will guide you to evidence of Septimatech’s brand-defining quality assurance, field service support, training, tech support, and project management expertise. 

 

We hope you come to share our excitement and enjoy our new website, www.septimatech.com

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Join us at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Booth #C-3510!

PACK EXPO LAS VEGAS

Septimatech Features New Packaging Line Changeover and Productivity Solutions at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Booth #C-3510 

Septimatech will be exhibiting once again at PMMI’s Pack Expo Las Vegas tradeshow this year. Be sure to visit us at booth C-3510 while at the show! At this year’s show, we are excited to feature the following innovations: 

  • NEW Unison G2 
  • NEW Multi-Lane Adjustment (MLA) System 
  • Rapid eXchange No Tools (RXNT) Change Parts  
  • Feed Screws and Feed Screw Drive Systems 

Septimatech delivers repeatable productivity improvements for packaging lines and machines worldwide by manufacturing innovative, precision engineered solutions that provide repeatable, accurate adjustment for intuitive setup, operation, and maintenance. Our intelligent, high quality, easy-to-use solutions enable our customers to have rapid, tool-less changeovers, consistent container control, and increased flexibility throughout their packaging process. Other advantages include: 

  • Fast, easy, reliable, repeatable and accurate changeovers  
  • Reduce set-up time and tweaking  
  • Reduce downtime, decrease inventory and get products to market quicker 
  • Create line flexibility to handle and control a large range of containers shapes and sizes 
  • Increase packaging line performance by eliminating bottle jams, shingling containers, or scuffing 
  • Improve safety through simpler set-up and light weight parts 

Septimatech and our team help customers to improve and redefine their changeover experience, achieve optimum results from line and machinery, and receive excellent return on investment. We are committed to our customers’ success with quality solutions and world class, knowledgable sales, service, engineering and support. Moreover, we promise to provide customer service excellence that is passionate about supporting our customers every step of the way. This commitment to our customers is what sets Septimatech apart from our competition.  

 

FEATURED INNOVATIONS AT THIS YEAR'S SHOW
Unison G2 –  

The second generation Unison G2 guide rail adjustment system provides the same innovative features as the original Unison, with additional benefits including: 

  • Small, clean design footprint profile takes up less space on conveyor 
  • Light weight, robust modular construction 
  • Conveying flexibility to adapt to future container additions varying in height, width or geometric shape 
  • Accurate, reliable, repeatable change over set up  
  • Fast, easy, accurate system installation reduces line down time 
  • Greater versatility in system to add, remove or change guide rail configuration to suit line changes  
  • In event of production damage, parts maintenance items can be easily replaced or interchanged 

 

Multi-Lane Adjustment (MLA) System –  

Our latest innovation, the MLA system, provides rapid adjustment of multiple lanes for feeding containers into case packers or other machinery applications having multiple lanes. Our MLA will allow you to reduce changeover downtime, increase efficiency, and improve container handling on any configuration where multiple lanes are required start to finish – including straight sections, corners, and funnels. 

  • Repeatable and accurate (tolerance ±1mm) changeovers 
  • Easily adaptable to existing equipment or new equipment 
  • Reduce inventory storage space  - no longer need to store change parts & lane spacers 
  • Eliminates health and safety risks – no change out of parts, eliminates cranes and heavy lifting equipment, no heavy lifting, no ergonomic concerns, no tools required during changeover 
  • Better container control system can be easily tweaked in the event of variances in container size 
  • New containers can be set-up without templates, eliminate use of lane spacers  
  • Corners can be adjusted as tight as 24 inch (610 mm) radius 

 

RXNT Change parts –  

Septimatech’s Rapid eXchange No Tools (RXNT) Change Parts system is based upon the one-time installation of Nucleus components mounted on any rotary machine. Satellite changeover parts, customized to the specific container geometry, are changed quickly and efficiently to maximize line performance…without tools! Our RXNT parts are 3D designed and CNC-routed to guarantee pocket-to-pocket consistency. With rugged construction suitable for any packaging environment, Septimatech’s RXNT Change Parts are guaranteed to optimize your changeover process and add value to your bottom line. 

  • Enhance product handling and control 
  • Simplify changeovers, line management and operations 
  • Safe, ergonomic, and accessible adjustments 
  • Fantastic workmanship, dependable quality every time 
  • Guaranteed satisfaction, delivery, and service 
Feed screws and feed screw drive system –  

Septimatech Feed Screw applications to group, turn, combine, dwell, tilt, separate, or time containers are available in RXNT and OEM Standard. Our custom design and manufacture of Feed Screws and Feed Screw Drive Systems ensure precise pockets to accurately fit the container profile – whether it is round, square, oval, or something in-between – for consistent container handling control. Additional benefits include: 

  • Machine-to-machine synchronization 
  • Container separation and timing, tilting for angle necks, dwell applications, grouping, turning, dividing, and combining 
  • Feed screw drive systems available for integration to existing machines or stand-alone units 

 

Will you please visit Septimatech’s booth #C-3510 at this year’s show?  

T: (519)-746-7463 E: sales@septimatech.com 

www.septimatech.com 

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