Record production eyed by automated milking systems manufacturer

A Shropshire-based manufacturer of automated milking systems has focused on a record generation year in the wake of fortifying a vital partnership.

Fullwood Packo, which employs 240 individuals at its central station in Ellesmere, has worked with Cheslyn Hay-based PP Control and Automation to expand limit of its M2erlin robotic milking machines by 100 percent in the course of the most recent three years.

The organization has figured out how to make the jump in yield while keeping up lead times and is presently hoping to stay aware of client request and a move into new global markets by sloping up generation to 450 machines before the finish of 2019.

Group managing director Andrew Dodwell stated: “I think the decision to invite PP Control & Automation to become a strategic outsourcing partner was a very significant moment for the relationship and kick-started a series of discussions that have transformed the way we build our robotic milking machines.

“We made the decision that we would be completely transparent with our growth plans and the manufacturing challenges we faced and gave our partner the opportunity to look at ways in which it could support our plans.

“The challenge was firmly met. Using best practice gleaned from other industry sectors, its ‘design for manufacture’ engineering team reviewed the current build processes and came up with a number of suggestions that would see it provide a significantly more cross-functional and added value build solution.

“This would then free up valuable manufacturing resource and space at Fullwood Packo.”

Tony Hague, CEO at PP Control and Automation, included: “This is a great example of how a normal supplier/customer relationship has been transformed into a strategic partnership where both companies benefit from playing to their strengths.

“We have successfully used our design and build experience to help eliminate production constraints from Fullwood Packo, leaving them free to concentrate on growing their business and scaling up without the challenge of physical space issues or availability of additional skilled labour.

“In addition to the current robot system, we will be working closely together on the design of the next generation Merlin.

“This is an exciting opportunity where we can explore further collaboration and engage technical partners to create something that is truly innovative.”