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Zaki Group launches locally produced Flavored Milk in SIG Combibloc Obeikan’s combiblocXSlim carton pack in Iraq
SIG is set to deliver the first integrated APM (asset performance management) and FSM (field service management) digital solution for the food and beverage industry. Developed in partnership with GE Digital, the Plant 360 Asset Management will feature a range of on-demand digital services designed to help manufacturers reach new levels of efficiency, productivity and connectivity in their operations.
SIG Plant 360 Asset Management is being co-developed with GE Digital in response to increasing demands in the food and beverage industry, particularly the need for higher productivity, quality and uptime. With this innovative and integrated solution comprised of GE Digital’s APM and ServiceMax’s FSM software, SIG will offer state-of-the-art digital tools to help its customers boost production, reduce downtime and ensure even greater quality to meet ever-changing consumer needs.
“Equipment manufacturers like SIG are increasingly leveraging Industrial Internet of Things solutions to differentiate themselves through superior after-sales service,” said David Ovadia, Product Marketing Director for GE Digital. “GE Digital’s Asset Performance Management and ServiceMax’s Field Service Management software help OEMs ensure their installed base of equipment is performing optimally, and their field service resources are managed efficiently. Our integrated solution allows SIG to detect and correct potential equipment issues in advance, before they result in unplanned customer downtime, delighting end-customers through improved OEE and driving improved NPS scores for SIG.”
A modular solution for maintenance
Plant 360 Asset Management is a modular solution designed to improve filling line reliability and availability while reducing costs. The Connector module enables the collection of digital data, which is loaded into the Predix Cloud – GE Digital’s cloud platform. From here, the data can be retrieved and evaluated at any time by SIG’s reliability engineering team. This module can also be used for SIG’s other Smart Factory solution, Plant 360 Controller, which enables manufacturers to monitor, control and optimise every angle of their filling plant operations.
The Smart Maintenance module is based on a software-supported holistic process called Maintenance & Asset Data Analytics as well as an Asset Management Cockpit. This ensures customers have one data source for all maintenance-related activities. The third module is called Smart Performance and is based on Asset Health Monitoring and Predictive Asset Data Analytics, which will provide an optimal platform for predictive maintenance in the future.
Optimising assets at every stage
Together, the three modules will enable higher asset reliability and availability. The solution ensures a direct link between condition-based and predictive maintenance alerts in APM and the work being scheduled for field-service engineers in FSM. This helps translate alerts into efficient action on the ground and ensures field service teams receive as much advance notice as possible of an issue, which they can address before it impacts a customer’s operations. For example, defined wearing parts will no longer be replaced at fixed maintenance intervals. Instead, they will only be replaced when the data indicates a certain degree of wear.
“With Plant 360 Asset Management, any changes to equipment strategies – for example, changing service intervals or maintenance steps – can be quickly reflected in new FSM work,” said Klaus Andresen, Senior Vice President Global Technology at SIG. “This improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the overall SIG maintenance process. Data captured by field-service workers is immediately available for analysis by APM and the global SIG reliability engineering team, allowing us to better and more quickly detect emerging issues and trigger preventative steps.”
SIG Plant 360 Asset Management is being launched for the first time in the Middle East with Almarai, one of Saudi Arabia’s largest food and beverage producers, as start of the global rollout.
Robert Ross, Manufacturing Manager Dairy and Juice at Almarai: “Digital Solutions are vital for us to analyse exactly what is happening in our plant and going forward to produce reliably. The aspirational partnership with SIG & GE will greatly help us in root cause analysis and in providing valid answers. This will ensure reliable production and to improve our OEE. We are very proud to be an early adopter of this cutting-edge solution.”
Plant 360 Asset Management is one of several value-added solutions within SIG’s Smart Factory segment, which is designed to help manufacturers meet the challenge of increasing output and driving down costs in today’s competitive environment. The solution-driven Smart Factory platform aims to deliver IoT-enabled systems and technical services that transform filling plants into connected factories that offer the highest efficiency, flexibility and quality.
SIG is the first in the industry to offer a U-shaped paper straw to be used on carton packages. After introducing the world’s first straight paper straw for carton packaging in February 2019, SIG launches the world’s first U-shaped paper straw during Gulfood Manufacturing, together with its joint venture partner SIG Combibloc Obeikan. Gulfood Manufacturing is the world’s largest annual food and beverage technology trade exhibition. The new straw uses FSC™ certified paper and is now available globally.
Markus Boehm, Chief Market Officer at SIG: “SIG is determined to collaborate with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to find new approaches to reduce single-use plastics, foster recycling and minimise waste. Being the first in the industry to offer paper straws for aseptic carton packs is an important milestone for us on that journey.”
The new paper straw solution supports SIG’s efforts to use more renewable materials. The paper used to produce the straight paper straw and the new U-shaped paper-straws – available with 4 and 6 mm diameter – originates from FSCTM-certified forests and other controlled sources. The wrapper for the straw has also been redesigned to remain attached to the package preventing littering and can be recycled with the carton pack.
Abdelghany Eladib, Chief Operating Officer, SIG Combibloc Obeikan: “We are excited to launch the U-shaped paper straw during Gulfood Manufacturing. The exhibition offers an ideal platform to share our latest innovations. With plastic pollution being a major concern for businesses and consumers around the world, the food and beverage industry is under pressure to offer a viable and sustainable alternative. Carton packs are sustainable by nature. Our carton packs consist of 70-80% paperboard. With the introduction of the first straight and the first U-shape paper straws for aseptic carton packs, SIG is once again leading the way in the industry.”
(Dubai, 29 October 2019) SIG Combibloc Obeikan (SIG CBOB), one of the world’s leading systems and solutions provider for aseptic packaging and filling machines for food and beverages and Fair Cape Dairies, a Cape Town-based dairy farm announced today the launch of the first combibloc EcoPlus in the MEA region during the Gulfood Manufacturing Exhibition. The pack will be launched supported by a QR code campaign giving consumers the opportunity to win retail vouchers weekly and unlock promotion benefits.
combibloc EcoPlus from SIG Combibloc has a 28% reduced CO2 footprint compared to a conventional 1-litre carton pack of the same format due to an innovative and unique structure for aseptic dairy cartons. The main component of combibloc EcoPlus, at more than 80 per cent, is cardboard, which is made from the bio-based raw material wood sourced from FSCTM-certified sustainable managed forests and other controlled sources.
Abdelghany Eladib, Chief Operating Officer, SIG CBOB, said: “With the first launch of combibloc EcoPlus in the MEA region, Fair Cape Dairies is taking a stand for the environment, and is leading the way in the African market as a company that acts sustainably and responsibly. Today, South African Eco-citizenship is a high priority driven by a rising demand for transparency and importance of sustaining the planet. The launch of the CO2-reduced combibloc EcoPlus carton pack is a good response to this increasing demand. We are confident that together with our partner, we are committed towards protecting the environment and fostering sustainability worldwide.”
According to Louis Loubser,
Marketing Director of Fair Cape Dairies: “Fair Cape Dairies embraces the
concept of environmental welfare. As a company, we have taken an integrated
approach to carbon management and are always striving for a greener and more
environmentally friendly approach to milk production. With the launch of the
Fair Cape in combibloc EcoPlus long life milk pack with our partner, SIG
Combibloc Obeikan, we further strengthen this commitment as we begin to offer a
more sustainably produced long life milk offering. A focus on acting
sustainably, and consistently trying to find new ways to “Do the Right Thing”
is a fundamental part of our corporate principles.”
 Compared to the same standard format 1-litre pack from SIG. CO2 reduction based on product lifecycle from the production of the raw materials to the finished carton pack according to ifeu lifecycle assessment CB-100730 dated 30 July 2010. More information: https://www.sig.biz/en/packaging/beverage-packaging/combibloc-ecoplus-details.