One of the main reasons HBM acquired Aerofil Technology in 2017 was for their lean manufacturing practices and for the opportunity to grow the business. Aerofil recognized an opportunity to automate operations and to provide a higher quality product for the Beauty & Personal care industry. These automation opportunities arose in response to unskilled labor shortages, an increasingly diverse consumer base with rising SKU counts and customer demands for shorter run times. Earlier this year, Aerofil officially unveiled their high-speed Beauty & Personal Care aerosol filling line, known affectionately as Aerosol Line 8, or “AL8” around the building.
As the team – comprised largely of Engineers and Operations professionals – planned for this major capital project, each piece of equipment was evaluated based on efficiency, quality, automation, and flexibility. Aerofil’s President & CEO, Daniel Wright, commented, “With this new line in place we will be able to run more than 200 cans per minute and will offer automation from start to finish.” Even though AL8 is more specialized than its predecessor line, it’s also more agile and allows for a quick product change over by offering dual fillers and gassers.
Last fall, at the Aerosol & Dispensing Forum in New York, Aerofil’s sales and marketing team wowed attendees with an augmented virtual “walk” of their high-speed line while it was under construction. You can view a recap of the forum by watching the video here.