Diversification for Haden and Custance

Supplier: Haden & Custance Ltd
05 June, 2007

The ability to develop and provide quality innovative solutions has seen this New Zealand company become a leading supplier in the materials handling market since it was founded in 1965.

With a multidiscipline engineering workforce  that includes mechanical, electrical and  automation engineers, Haden and Custance  provides a turnkey solution to clients from  conceptual design right through to  commissioning and ongoing servicing. 

Multimillion dollar projects are designed,  built and tested in the region, delivered and  installed for clients all over the world. From  robotic palletising, picking and packing to  decartoning and debagging, sweep and gantry  palletisers and conveyors, plant automation  and control, the company offers a solution  for almost every situation. 

One such solution was a sixteen lane palletising  project for Goodman Fielder which has helped give the company  greater efficiency and lower operating costs. The  project, which incorporates four industrial robots,  was designed expressly for Goodman Fielder’s  Bluebird Foods division. 

The system accepts product – anything from  Burger Rings to Edmonds Baking Powder -  on demand from every production line in the  factory and delivers it to a central palletising  area. The cartons are merged automatically into  a single line before being barcode sorted and  conveyed to one of the four robotic palletisers. 

Each can accept four different conveying lines,  giving the system the flexibility to handle up  to 16 different products at once.  Before the cartons are palletised, a best-before  date is applied to each by inkjet printer.  Pallets are marshalled through the system  automatically and are provided to each station  on demand by specialised trolley cars. 

Haden and Custance later extended the full  pallet outfeed to incorporate a high speed  stretchwrapper and label applicator. A 52m  extension to the conveyor presents completed  pallets directly to the warehousing area,  eliminating dangerous forktruck movements  and allowing up to 90 pallets per hour to be  processed.

Both systems were built,  assembled and fully tested in the Haden and  Custance workshop before being disassembled  and trucked to Auckland.  Haden and Custance specialises in integrating  robotics in the consumer goods and industrial  sectors, often including ABB industrial robotics  and NDC automatic guided vehicles, and  offers full design and build services to provide  individual customer solutions.

Another high  profile project which used robotics was created  for Dulux Paints’ Brisbane plant. After  successfully creating a solution for the  company’s water-based paints palletising plant  in Wellington, Haden and Custance was asked  to help automate the Brisbane palletising area.  The entire project used six industrial robots. 

Innovations included using automation to rotate  each can, ensuring the handle was positioned in  exactly the right place to avoid transit damage.  Other major clients include Fonterra, Carter Holt  Harvey, Amcor, Visy Board, Heinz Watties, DB  Breweries, Inghams, Murray Goulburn, Bega  Cheese, Dairy Farmers, Bonlac Foods, Kraft  Foods, Tatura Milk, AussiChar, Coating Services  Australia, Dairygold UK, A McLelland and Sons  UK and Great Lakes Cheese USA.   

Contact: Haden and Custance Limited.