World record for the Bobst FFG 618 at the Rigid Containers plant
Crews at the Rigid Containers Limited plant in Desborough have broken the world production record for a Bobst FFG 618 Quatro casemaker twice within a matter of days. The achievements were marked by BOBST this week with the presentation of commemorative plaques at the plant.
The FFG 618 Quatro used for the record breaking runs has been installed at Rigid Containers Desborough plant since July this year. During operator training by BOBST UK Instructor Andy Colley, the three teams chosen to run the machine became determined to beat the official world production record for an FFG 618 Quatro. This stood at 183,000 feeds in an eight hour shift and had been set at a plant in the United States.
At the end of September, a team from Desborough's 'B' shift led by cell leader Pete Smith, broke that record by achieving 186,550 feeds in one shift. The crew, consisting of Stan Morkunas and Roman Czelaga, with additional help from Rimantus Jakutavicius and Karol Ciesla, carried out four sets during the record run and produced 64,818 m2 of product.
Just over a week later, a crew from the plant's 'A' shift beat their colleagues' record by producing 204,000 feeds in eight hours. Led by Andy Crook, the team of Rimantus Jakutavicius, Steve Filson and Mike Cowley lost only seven minutes of production time throughout the entire shift and achieved net production of 25,500 boxes per hour, just 500 boxes an hour off the maximum possible running speed of the machine.
The record achievements are being recognized by Bobst with two commemorative awards in platinum and double diamond.