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VMPP improves rutile concentrate packaging
VMPP improves rutile concentrate packaging

30.06.2017

Replacement of packaging and method of filling the big bags with this product helped reduce the number of complaints from the customers
 
A new terminal for loading produce into big bags was put into operation at the processing section of VMPP subsidiary. Chief Engineer of the plant's processing section Oleksiy Ryabinin speaks about the goal of the project and its possibilities:
- A semi-automatic terminal for loading big bags with bag inflation was put into operation on June 1. This means that before loading of the produce into a one-ton big bag, first the polyethylene liner is automatically inflated and then the automatic loading of the concentrate begins. The goal of this project is to set the right geometry for the big bag to avoid shifting, tipping or other damages to the bag during transportation. The investments into the equipment totaled around UAH 318,000.
The launch of the terminal is one of the stages of adjusting the plant to modern market requirements. A huge work was done at the procession section and in the freight-forwarding department to improve packaging and prevent damage to the project at the stage of transportation. We switched to loading big bags with telescopic traverses, which means that no arrows or slings are now used at the terminal. There is a special device installed at the forklifts that allows transporting products to the assembly site in vertical position.
Right now, we load one big bag at a time. We use seamless big bags with double polyethylene liner that provides much better protection against humidity. Replacement of packaging and method of filling the big bags with this product helped reduce the number of complaints from the customers as to the quality of packaging.  
- How efficient is the terminal?
- The terminal’s performance is 30-35 t per hour; in manual mode we can load much more – 60 t in 1.5 hours. However, it is impossible to set the correct geometry for the packaging manually, which is a very important factor when working with foreign consumers. For instance, Hyundai alone has 23 requirements for the packaging. That is why integrity of our product’s packaging is one of the important components, as the packaging provides conditions for preserving the quality of the product all along its way to the consumer.