Automation, Bulk Equipment

Aurora automates major NZ stockfeed manufacturer

SealesWinslow, a New Zealand-based stockfeed manufacturer, has transformed its bagging process through the introduction of automation.

SealesWinslow, a New Zealand-based stockfeed manufacturer, has transformed its bagging process through the introduction of automation.

The company’s traditional approach had become increasingly physically demanding and led to production inconsistencies across shifts. Human resource allocation and management was also a challenge.

The company collaborated with Aurora Process Solutions and TMI to install an advanced high-speed bagging system.

SealesWinslow’s Ashley Taylder said the project was a significant victory for the company, marking a milestone in its operational efficiency and competitiveness.

“It’s definitely increased our output, in terms of what we can bag in a day,” he said.

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“Super intuitive, super easy to use, the training has been very easy.”

The bagging system allowed the company to meet market demands, alleviated labour-intensive tasks, eliminated health and safety concerns, and ensured a reliable and predictable output.

Taylder said Aurora were really easy to do business with.

“The amount of time they spent on site, helping us get through the initial training, going through all the teething issues – it’s been instrumental in getting it to where it is now.

“The wealth of knowledge in Aurora … there isn’t any time we can’t call Aurora up and get an answer straight away.”

The new technology means SealesWinslow now has one of the fastest bagging plants in New Zealand.

SealesWinslow Tyler Stuthridge said robots like Aurora’s means the company can free up staff from manual roles to work in higher value and more rewarding positions, which is a win for everyone.

“The primary industry is moving more and more towards robotics and automation to not only solve the labour force challenges we face, but also become more sustainable and far more efficient,” Stuthridge said.

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