Summit Brewing: Packaging Line Success Story

Summit Brewing addresses downtime issues on its packaging line

Summit Brewing Company was struggling to keep its packaging line operating at peak performance. Backups and downtime from the existing hot melt adhesive system continually halted production. After Graco installed the InvisiPac® Tank-Free Hot Melt System, production efficiency and working environments improved significantly.

Summit Brewery Company has an annual production capacity of over 240,000 barrels a year. Uptime and a reliable seal are critical elements for consistently delivering a quality product and achieving the company's desired profitability.

Setting the standard for craft brewing

For over 30 years, Saint Paul, MN-based Summit Brewing Company has been making craft beers inspired by old-world brewing traditions. Having created over 17 individual brews and earned multiple awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival, Summit continues to set the standard for craft brewing. 

 

Need for more production efficiency

Summit struggled to keep its packaging line operating at peak performance. Backups and downtime caused by nozzle plugging from the existing hot melt adhesive system continually halted production. This negatively impacted the company’s desired level of production efficiency in its manufacturing and packaging process. Additionally, the existing tank-based system produced a “foul odor” that negatively impacted the work environment for Summit’s 95 employees.

InvisiPac® Tank-Free Hot Melt System

Graco installed the InvisiPac® Tank-Free Hot Melt System, which includes revolutionary melting technology specifically designed to stabilize hot melt adhesive properties by eliminating thermal and oxidative degradation. The system reduced hot melt adhesive waste from constant tank scrapes and system cleaning  as well as wasted boxes due to an inadequate seal.

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Improved efficiency, better work environment

Summit significantly improved production efficiency by stabilizing glue consumption rates and reducing hot melt adhesive waste. The start-up time was reduced to less than 10 minutes (from 45+ minutes) to achieve early production line starts. The work environment also improved: Summit eliminated the pungent smell from the 7-liter tank of hot melt adhesive in the old system.

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Specifications

  • End-user: Summit Brewery Company
  • Industry market sector: Food and drink

Challenge

  • Improved production efficiency by stabilizing glue consumption rates and reducing hot melt adhesive waste
  • Remove the “foul odor” that negatively impacted the work environment for Summit’s 95 employees

Solution

  • Graco InvisiPac® Tank-Free Hot Melt System

Result

  • Improved production efficiency
  • Improved work environment

Keys to success

  • The revolutionary melting technology stabilizes hot melt adhesive properties by eliminating thermal and oxidative degradation
  • The system reduced hot melt adhesive waste from constant tank scrapes and system cleaning as well as wasted boxes due to inadequate sealing

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