Lenham Storage, FMCG storage and distribution specialists, recently invested in multi-million pound new facilities for co-packing, working closely with UPM Conveyors to design and implement a new product handling system to increase speed, flexibility and efficiency.
Lenham Storage based in Maidstone, Kent was established in 1946 and is family owned and run company specialising in ambient storage and FMCG storage and distribution. The company serves manufacturers, importers and distributors, using traditional values working in combination with a focus on innovation, which has led to a multimillion-pound investment in new facilities for co-packing.
As Lenham had installed a belt conveyor system from UPM Conveyors some years previously, which had operated trouble-free during 24/7 production, Lenham decided to contact UPM once again. Ian Rose, Production and Quality Director at Lenham invited UPM to submit plans for an ideal product flow design to incorporate all aspects of the co-packing operation.
After much close liaising between Ian Rose and the UPM design engineers using 3D mechanical solid modelling design software, a 3D digital prototype was accepted by Lenham using the design visualisation and simulation of products.
Installation was completed in the third quarter of 2019 on schedule and has delivered unprecedented levels of speed, flexibility and efficiency to Lenham’s packing operation.
The improvement in working practices was so significant that Ian has invited UPM Conveyors to design another product handling system which will interface with a series of fully automatic machines in conjunction with the existing labelling and coding operations. This will cater for the increase in the variable volumes of diverse products with ever shorter end to end cycle times.
Established in 1975, UPM manufacture bespoke conveyors from straight, incline & swan neck units to turnkey systems offering product cooling, metal detection, static removal, part counting, tote accumulation and much more. All conveyors are manufactured in the UK, from UPM’s facility in Berkshire, and all projects are fully managed in-house, from design to installation and commissioning, with proven after-sales support. For more information, visit the UPM Conveyors website.