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Management software to drive productivity at a Trivium plant

Time of issue::2020-08-04 17:21

Continuous improvement in productivity at one of Trivium Packaging’s two large food can plants in the US is expected with the installation of an updated manufacturing execution system (MES).

The Shopfloor-Online MES from UK-based Lighthouse Systems installed at the Roanoke, Virginia, plant provides a central point for all quality-related data, and will greatly reduce the time it takes to generate reports.

Dashboards for supervisors and managers will increase overall visibility of production, while integrating downtime data with quality information for better overall analysis. The system will also eliminate paper in the plant and do away with the need for Excel spreadsheets to capture information.

“We are excited to leverage the power of Shopfloor-Online to drive and sustain process and quality improvement to better serve our customers,” said Rudy Shufeldt, continuous improvement manager for North America at Trivium.

“With Shopfloor-Online we were able to eliminate paperwork. This coupled with comprehensive real-time dashboards takes us to another level in plant process performance transparency across our production lines and key plant processes.”

Lighthouse Systems business manager Joe Russotti added: “We are very pleased to have Trivium Packaging join the growing list of Shopfloor-Online customers in the consumer goods packaging space.”

Amsterdam-based Trivium was formed last year in a merger of Ardagh’s food and speciality canmaking operations in North America, Europe and Asia and Exal Corporation’s aerosol and speciality activities. It has more than 60 sites worldwide, employing around 8,000 people and has sales of about US$2.7 billion.

The Roanoke facility is one of two built by Ardagh Group in 2014 at a cost of $250 million to supply two-piece D&I and three-piece cans to one of the US’s largest packaged food manufacturers, Conagra Brands, as part of a ten-year contract, together with other customers in the US. When it was opened the plant’s capacity was about 1.5 billion cans a year. The other plant is at Reno, Nevada.

A fire at the Roanoke plant last December reportedly caused a $4 million of damage.


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