BALTERIO: targeted productivity and automation
Balterio, renown manufacturer of laminate flooring, is an ultra-modern, fully integrated unit of the IVC group located in Vielsalm, in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes.Impressive in its production lines turning 24 on 24, the plant produces more than 16 million square meters of flooring annually.
Representing not less than 300 jobs on the same site, the Balterio-Spanolux association is an outstanding example of synergistic companies to optimize the production tool, the first producing a finished product through the MDF from the second.
The group's motto "Nothing is ever acquired" grows Balterio to continuous improvement to offer a premium product through production and storage's advanced automation .
Eager to ensure a foolproof traceability and to remain competitive in an increasingly international market, Balterio leaders recognized in UP trace the ideal partner for planks packages automated and reliable labeling at end-of-production. "Starting from unfortunate experiences and apprehensions about the performance and integration of automatic labeling systems, our choice to partner with UP trace proved a real success and we finally were totally reassured with these technologies! " confides Jean Dubois, Engineering and IT Director, and project manager.
Initially, a clear identification of "finished products" pallets was provided by two UBS APL8200 applicators. This real-time printing and label application system has been developed and constructed to be in accordance with the SSCC Standards of application and EAN International recommendations for pallets labeling. Highly industrial and robust, and able to dialogue with the management software of Balterio, it allows to print and apply at a high speed (1 pallet every 2 minutes) and with total reliability two A5 labels on adjacent sides of any outgoing pallet.
Quickly operational, this step was followed by the installation of a third applicator upstream in the production process. The constraint was to adapt the application of the A6 identification labels on 645mm to 1900mm-height pallets.
The UBS APL8000 ELV applicator with an elevator system able to adapt to varying heights was proposed by UP trace. Equipped with an automatic control system for barcodes readability, it ensures safe printing and adjusted placement of the right label on each pallet's top, whatever its height. An advanced technology that combines flexibility, robustness and industrial performance, for the greatest satisfaction of its users.
Jean Dubois says: "Today, storage automation and company's rates can not tolerate any mistakes. At this level, infallible labeling and exemplary legibility condition the productions'perfect synchronization. With UP trace, we now can target the 100% rate reliability. "
"A perfect job, a perfect collaboration, and no worries in the daily management of these machines! " summarizes Denis Graff, Engineering Assistant.