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Case study: Ardagh Group improves speed of operations

Case study: Ardagh Group improves speed of operations

Ardagh Group is Europe’s largest paints & coatings metal packaging provider, manufacturing packaging for Europe’s biggest brands. A truly global operation, Ardagh Group operates 89 glass and metal manufacturing facilities across 21 countries and employs 19,000 people.

Ardagh offers the latest innovation and technological breakthroughs in areas such as down-gauging, shaping, decoration and convenience features.
The Group produces packaging for some of the biggest brands on retail shelves across all market sectors, such as aerosols, beverages, nutrition, food and seafood. Opening solutions, paints and coatings as well as custom or specialised products are also supplied worldwide by the group.

To assist with the complex task of moving the diverse variety of products and to keep productivity levels running at maximum levels, B&B Attachments has supplied the packaging provider with KAUP Double Pallet Handler and Rotator Forklift truck attachments to its Norwich site.

The KAUP Double Pallet Handler attachment, fitted to Jungheinrich forklift trucks, has two sets of hydraulically-operated forks, which function in a synchronized way. This ensures that the centre pick-up of the load is guaranteed. This motion provides a quick and efficient method of handling goods. The attachment has been designed specifically for transporting several pallets simultaneously, and can be quickly and easily altered to handle either single or pairs of palletized products.

The KAUP Rotator attachment is fundamental for onsite operations when loads require rotating, and is used by Ardagh to empty containers, to turn palletised and non-palletised goods, and to deal with waste.  Rotators can be equipped with a fork carriage and forks, as well as with clamps or other load handling attachments. KAUP Rotators allow for optimal visibility when approaching loads, whilst increasing driver confidence and ensuring safe and secure handling. The hydraulic drive is located on the side away from the operator resulting in excellent visibility, enabling fast and reliable operation.

Mark Barnes, Logistics Manager at Ardagh Groups Norwich site comments “The attachments from B&B Attachments have made a big difference to our on-site productivity.  We are delighted with the speed and versatility of the attachments; they have significantly reduced labour time and increased our safe working practice on site.”

Established over 35 Years ago, B&B Attachments Ltd offers the largest range of products from a single source. With customers throughout the UK and Europe, B&B continues to build on its reputation for offering the most comprehensive aftercare service available in the attachment field.

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