3D printing in the food industry, how saving on costs
November 15, 2017 in Case study
3D printing in the food business: Markforged saves costs
In large factories like the Katowice Beverages and Foods Factory, thousands upon thousands of products are made, labeled, checked, and shipped out nonstop. This factory in particular, owned by Unilever, is responsible for producing hundreds to thousands of bags of Lipton Tea every day.
Automated machines and sensing systems dominate the factory, and it is up to Professional Maintenance Specialist Mateusz Loska to improve the production effi ciency of the factory’s systems. This includes anything from extending machine life to speeding up machine processes, all to save money and improve the machines at the same time. 3D printing in the food industry has amazing benefit.
|Replacement of the part||$51.13||1 week|
|Part printed with Markforged||$23.01||1 day|
Mateusz Loska works to improve manufacturing processes at Unilever’s Beverages and Foods Factory in
On the Lipton Tea production line, reliable process improvements must be implemented quickly to improve
Using Markforged technologies, Loska has designed, printed, and installed long term factory solutions in just a single day, saving the production plant hundreds of dollars per week.
The factory had started with an ABS 3D printer at fi rst, butit hadn’t quite lived up to their expectations:
“We decided that we needed something more, that would produce parts stronger, that we could use during normal production, not just in testing,” Loska explained. After hearing about Markforged, Loska was convinced: “We decided to test it… we saw that we could make models very quickly with the 3D printer, get stronger parts, not only with fiber materials like fiberglass or carbon fi ber, but even with just nylon, we get much stronger parts.”
Less downtime with the Markforged printer for Unliver: Above all expectations
When Loska and his team fi nd potential areas for process improvements, they can now go straight to their Markforged 3D printer. “We start looking for any ideas, and during this process all the time we are 3D printing parts.” explained Loska.
Once they discover which parts of their manufacturing setup requires improvements, they can use the printer to not only prototype ideas, but to test and load their concepts in a real world environment before finalizing, and printing, the finished product. “In every project, even in safety projects or quality projects, we found it useful to have a 3D printer.” With the capabilities of Markforged, the printer helps develop quality parts in fraction of the time it would take otherwise.
Instead of waiting for weeks for a part to come in, this process now takes only a single day. “We make the 3D model in our CAD program, we send it to a 3rd party company…it’s about one week until we get back a good part.” he explains. “When we want to develop this part by ourselves, it takes 24 hours.” The parts the printer has produced can hold up in a factory environment, and that isn’t the only benefi t: “Normally it’d be about $50 if we want to send it to another company to make it for us”