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Automation with robotics increases production by 40 percent at BOLÇI

02 June 2021

Formed in 1992, BOLÇI Bolu Chocolate produces over 200 tonnes of chocolate items each month, with over 800 product varieties and 300 employees.

The BOLÇI Bolu factory covers an area of 20,000 square metres, half of which are the production area, warehouses, and additional departments.

BOLÇI needed to meet its promise of delivering chocolate products that are ‘untouched by human hands’. Omron and Innovas joined forces to commission a line of three Omron robots in the packaging section of the factory’s production line, with the aim of enhancing production quality and reducing labour costs. 

The challenge: improving production capacity and efficiency

Currently exporting to 13 countries, BOLÇI wanted to increase its production capacity and efficiency, improve its infrastructure, and minimise production errors.

Prior to introducing the Omron robots, the chocolates were placed manually into dividers in the packaging area. However, the company faces seasonal variations in demand and, as a result, sales fluctuate on a daily basis and production levels need to adjust accordingly. 
Innovas is one of the leading integrators in the food industry and the system integrator for the project. Before the robots were commissioned, Innovas analysed the filling time for the different dividers that would be used when the line of robots was established. The company also carried out feasibility studies on issues such as whether robots would be a suitable solution for picking and placing the chocolates. 

Innovas looked at the production capacity required and the range of products to be used. Based on the results, the firm developed the robot application in conjunction with Omron, while also embracing the importance of BOLÇI developing a culture of working alongside the robots. 

Read the full article in the June issue of DPA



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