Turnkey Bagging System with Conveyor Has Laundry in the Bag

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Rennco increases efficiencies of its clean laundry bagging systems by adding a modular conveyor

The DynaCon was a good choice that really fit the bill. We were in a cost reduction mode and this truly helped us make some good improvements in our efficiencies and gave us a more competitive system.

When Rennco, manufacturer of a full line of vertical packaging machinery and automated systems, needed a conveyor to go with their new bagging system – the Vertic-L-PP – they did what they always do. They designed and built their own conveying system in order to provide a turnkey bagging system for their customers who launder a gamut of reusable items from bar towels to hospital gowns.

Many industrial launderers choose to buy their bagging systems from Rennco because the Vertic-L-PP offers a lower total cost of ownership. The Rennco system makes the bag around the product versus inserting the laundered product into a pre-made bag, offering a material cost savings of 40 to 60%. The system produces trimless packages thus eliminating the need for a trim/scrap rewind system. In addition, the Rennco Vertic-L-PP bagging system operates faster resulting in a 20% increase in output.

Rennco built an 18” wide Z-Style conveyor to accompany their bagging system, but soon found that the quality of the conveying system was not up to the same standards as the bagging system. The flexible belt style conveyors had tracking issues and didn’t run smoothly. “Conveyors are not our strong suit,” says Robin Thurgood, V.P. & General Manager at Rennco, Homer, Michigan. After contemplating the issue, Thurgood remembered a truly modular conveyor system he had seen at a trade show. Thurgood contacted Dynamic Conveyor.

The Muskegon, Michigan based company manufactures the DynaCon® truly modular conveyor system and started providing a 24” wide Z-style modular conveyor to Rennco for use with their Vertic-L-PP bagging system. “The 24” wide modular conveyor gives us the flexibility to offer it with either our single or dual bagging system, which wasn’t possible with the 18” wide conveyor we were building in-house,” says Thurgood.

“Ease of assembly is what we like best about the DynaCon. It is fun watching our guys put the DynaCons together,” Thurgood says. In addition to ease of assembly there is a labor savings. “It used to take our guys much longer to build our conveyor in addition to having follow-up issues in the field,” explains Thurgood. “It takes about two hours to assemble a DynaCon truly modular conveyor system and we have no issues in the field. The DynaCon is a more rugged system.” Thurgood believes that the savings of purchasing the DynaCon conveyors have helped Rennco keep the costs of the turnkey bagging systems better contained.    

In addition to the labor savings Rennco enjoys, their customers see the advantages of the flexibility offered from a truly modular conveyor system. The standard discharge height is 56-1/2” high, but occasionally Rennco’s customers need a different discharge height depending on the size and height of their take-away methods. This information is not always known prior to installing the turnkey bagging system at the launderers’ locations. It usually isn’t until installation that Rennco discovers that the customer needs a different discharge height for their system. “This is no problem with the DynaCon,” Thurgood says. “We just add a module to raise the discharge height or remove a module to lower the discharge height. This wasn’t possible with the conveyors we built in-house.”

Rennco is considering the DynaCon truly modular conveyor system for use with some of their other bagging machinery lines. “The DynaCon was a good choice that really fit the bill. We were in a cost reduction mode and this truly helped us make some good improvements in our efficiencies and gave us a more competitive system,” says Thurgood.

To learn more about Rennco packaging solutions visit their website at http://www.Rennco.com or call 800.409.5225. To learn more about conveyor from Dynamic Conveyor visit http://www.DynamicConveyor.com or call 800.640.6850.

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