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CSS International Marks its 75th Anniversary in 2020

CSS International Corporation
Philadelphia, PA
United States
(215) 533-6110
https://cssintl.com

Vance Coulston, President of CSS International, recently announced that 2020 marked the 75th Anniversary year for the company.

The President of CSS International announced that the company will be celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2020.  Located in Philadelphia, the company was established just one month after the end of World War II.

Herbert V. Coulston, Fred G. Shutz and Harry F. Speth purchased a 10,000 square foot manufacturing plant to start a tool and die business.  The company has moved twice since and currently occupies a 28,000 square foot headquarters building in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.

During the late ‘70s, the company moved into precision timing screws and manufacturing.  “Today our timing screws, feed systems, change parts, bottom code/inspection diverters, lane combiners/diverters, product orienters, side grip belt units, and vacuum reject systems are used by packaging companies around the world”, stated Mr. Coulston.

“Drawing on our company’s tool and die heritage, CSS International has strong engineering capabilities for OEM applications.  The company has been established longer than any of our competitors. Our debt-free structure and excellent supplier relationships ensure timely and trouble-free operation for components manufactured for our customers,”   Mr. Coulston concluded.

With 75 years of manufacturing experience, CSS International looks forward to providing conveyor system solutions in the future for the global packaging market.

How to Improve The Lifespan of A Production Line?

Production line

Over the years, manufacturing has become a very refined process. This is regardless of what you are producing. There are methods out there that can help to improve the lifespan of a production line. 

Complete an Evaluation of the Production Line

Evaluating the production line should, ideally, be the first thing you do. It can help you to understand how the production line works is essential before you make any changes. 

Get as much information as you can from the production line and how it works. Work out if:

  • There are highly efficient areas 
  • There are areas which aren’t very efficient 
  • There are areas which break down frequently 

Take some time to look at any weaknesses in your production line. This will help you to address them. If you have a large system failure it can cause something of a bottleneck and create issues further down the line. It is, therefore, essential to keep the whole system running as effectively as possible. 

Print Out Work Instructions

If there is an assembly or interaction that is undertaken by people you should consider printing out the instructions. This is a great way to ensure that all of your team has visual cues. It also ensures that those who did not design the product are able to assemble it easily.

The Standardisation of Work 

Ensuring that all of your team is trained and they understand how each part of the production line works is essential. This is because it can improve the production line’s efficiency.

While the team does not need to be experts in their field, there should always be someone available to step in so the line can keep moving. This can be essential if there is a breakdown or an emergency. 

The Effectiveness of Automation

Production line

If you wish to replace manpower with machines you should make sure that it’s the most efficient way for your production line to work. You need to have a return on investment (ROI). You, therefore, need to ensure that the machines you use don’t need regular maintenance or constant supervision. This will help to free up your team so they can add value to the work that a machine cannot carry out. 

Show Support 

It is crucial that you show every member of your team support. You can do this by effectively communicating and educating them. If your team as a problem help them to solve it. Share any expertise with them and help them to deliver results by motivating them. It is up to you to harness their potential, abilities, and skills. 

Try your best to seek out those small wins that can add up over time. Gains such as these can make the whole production line a lot more efficient. Don’t forget to work out how much each potential change is going to cost. For example, a new piece of machinery might make the line more efficient but there may be cheaper alternatives out there. 

Try not to spend your capital until you know that doing so can ensure your actions are for the better.

Everything You Need to Know About Changeover Phases

Changeover Phases

A changeover phase consists of changing the set-up of one process to another. For example, one product has been manufactured but now it’s time to make or package something else. Ensuring that changeover phases are streamlined can help to improve efficiency. 

In a perfect world, the changeover would happen instantaneously, however, this is never the case. In fact, changeovers can be very complicated and result in a lot of wasted time. 

When a changeover occurs there is a disruption in the way of working. This disruption can result in the loss of parts that would have otherwise been produced. You could also lose parts when you’re ramping up and ramping down. 

The Loss of Production

  • When you have full production there is 100% production output 
  • When you’re ramping down, the output decreases, often rapidly 
  • When the process has been stopped there is a loss of production 
  • When you’re ramping up the output increases
  • When you’re back to full production again there is 100% production output

Ramping Down 

Before ramping down takes place there production of goods is usually at full-speed. Depending on what is being manufactured, the changeover phase may include a ramping down of the process. In many cases, this can happen very quickly. However, there are also cases where ramping down can take a lot of time. It is, therefore, very possible that the production rate will decrease slowly. There might also be an issue with quality as the process will not be operating at full capacity. 

Production Stopped

This is the main part of the changeover phase and this occurs when the production process has stopped. During this stage, nothing is produced. It is, therefore, essential to ensure this phase is as short as possible. 

Ramping Up 

This part of the changeover phase is much more common than the ramp-down phase. However, it can take some time before production is back to full speed. This might be because:

  • The production line might need to be filled up again
  • The settings might need to be altered 
  • Quality checks might need to be undertaken 
  • Adjustments to the process could take place 

During ramping up, fewer parts are usually made than they are when production is normal. This is where many production losses take place.

production-line

Working on the Changeover 

Ideally, you should do as much as you possibly can before and after the changeover takes place. This is so that losses are reduced. Before the changeover takes place you will need to make sure you have the equipment, tools, and people-power before you begin to ramp down. 

Once the changeover is complete, you can wrap it up. Wrapping up the changeover consists of placing the equipment and tools that were needed back where they belong. Alternatively, you might want to get them ready for the next changeover phase. 

Quality Checks 

It is necessary to increase the number of quality checks that take place. This is to ensure that the whole process runs smoothly and good parts are produced. These checks tend to take place when machinery is not yet running at its full speed. The increased amount of quality checks might extend beyond the changeover so that any problems are caught and dealt with. 
Changeover phases usually have a number of steps but it’s important to look to improve them so waste can be reduced. Preparing for a changeover while the machinery is in full production can save time. Wrapping up after the changeover can also help.

Pros & Cons of Buying Used Packaging Equipment Compared to New Machines

Businesses will often contemplate over two options while purchasing industrial machinery – replacing obsolete equipment with a new stack or buying used packaging equipment. Whether you’re investing in packaging elements like timing screws or redefining the metering system with a more efficient product, what matters most is an unparalleled line of production efficiency. Here’s why you should be investing in used packaging goods vs. new machines –

Filling line

What Do You Need the Equipment For?

A professional service company that offers premium grade packaging equipment will ensure budgeted installation, repair and replacement as part of your annual package. If you’re looking for stretch wrappers, screw feed systems or a second hand strapping machine, here’s why used machinery is a smarter option –

Cost Savings

While contacting a certified distributor for used packaging equipment you must make sure you have a list of products with their model number and serial number allocated. If you want a smooth flow of containers within your packaging system, yet cut down on costs then an ideal solution would be to buy used equipment. A good manufacturing company will offer used equipment at a resale value that has already depreciated over time. 

 Regular Maintenance

While price negotiation depends entirely upon the quality and condition of the used packaging equipment, you’ll need to make sure you have regular maintenance as part of this package. Used packaging equipment is available either for outright purchase or you can also consider a lease option. Most used machinery is available immediately with minimal lead times and also comes with regular maintenance checks.

Performance History

Buy used packaging equipment that helps your business save hundreds and thousands of dollars especially a product line that’s been thoroughly examined, and comes with paperwork that underlines factory performance over the years. Since performance chart is a factor to consider, another way to guarantee the working capabilities of the used equipment is by checking service records.

Disadvantages of Buying Used Packaging Equipments

While buying used packaging equipment can help cut down costs, it does come with its own set of disadvantages. You can purchase the machinery from dealers, or visit industrial auctions however it is important to find the right marketplace. Here are a few setbacks companies suffer from while buying used machinery for their packaging systems –

  • Remote bidding through online auction sites can sometimes deliver damaged or non-functioning machinery.
  • Machinery dealers charge a huge amount for transportation, installation and may not offer limited warranty.
  • Consumers may have to tender a buyer’s premium if they’re purchasing used packaging equipment from industrial auctions.

Who are we?

Right from system integration to convenient storage innovations, CSS International aims at delivering machine handling & installation solutions. If your business is looking to expand, and is in need of used packaging equipment, our supply feed will vastly improve overall productivity. Call us for a quick consult and request a free quote to find the best products that can streamline your processes.

Are Custom Built Production Lines Worth The Difference in Price?

timing screw manufacturers

Buying the cheapest conveyor system might seem like you’re getting the best deal. However, a generic system can cost you money and time in the long run.

There are many benefits to systems with custom parts. For starters, they can improve how durable your production line is. They can improve the quality and efficiency of the manufacturing process. Plus, they can cut costs and increase profits over time.

Custom solutions will maximize quality and longevity. At the same time, they will minimize on price. However, it is important to know what a custom production line can do before you invest. Here, we’ve outlined some of the biggest differences when opting for a custom line.

Production Line Efficiency and Cost Savings

Generic production lines are only efficient up to a certain point. They are efficient for general manufacture processes. However, these processes won’t be tailored to your business and production needs.

In contrast, a custom system can be uniquely designed to improve efficiency. One way of doing so is with customized timing screws. Timing screw manufacturers can create parts for specific container shapes. They also can produce unique screws for diverse functions. For each unique operation in your production, you can have a custom-tailored screw and function. This can ensure higher quality than a machine not customized to your company’s needs.

timing screws

With custom parts, you can eliminate any excess or inefficient processes. Improved efficiency will lead to faster production. By customizing your system, your equipment can work quicker and save money.

Product Quality and Higher Profits

Another advantage of a custom system over a generic line is the difference in product quality. With a generic line, you are stuck with the manufacture stages that everyone else is using. With a custom line, you can change the small details of your production. This can lead to higher-quality results.

There are long-term advantages to improved quality. For example, a higher quality output will lead to better sales and reviews. In turn, this will generate higher profits.

Long-Term Longevity and Lowered Future Costs

With a customized system, you can have equipment that lasts longer. In turn, this lowers long-term costs. A custom system will better handle the workload that you expect it to complete. Plus, a unit designed uniquely to handle the speed and duration you need also will last longer. You’ll be less likely to need repairs or replacements, thus saving on costs.

You can have a variety of customized screw feed systems. These can include servo, stepper, brushless, and even explosion proof motors. These are more durable against possible malfunctions and engineered to handle the type of work you need. They can even be made to include stainless steel guards or vari-speed controllers.

Request a Free Quote!

If you are investing in short-term productivity and long-term savings, request a free quote today. Here at CSS Intl, we help to streamline production and maximize efficiency. Our timing screws can enhance the longevity, efficiency, and quality of your production.

Everything You Need to Know About Changeover Phases

Changeover Phases

Productivity is paramount for companies to reach maximum efficiency and succeed. But when procedures lag and things don’t run as effectively as they can, it can have a negative impact on business. Even the slightest delay can have a drastic effect on productivity overall when figures are calculated at the end of the day.

In order to understand and prevent these bumps from developing, it’s essential to understand the ins and outs of the changeover phase. The equipment you choose can drastically influence the efficiency of these crucial points in your production line.

What Is a Changeover Phase?

A changeover is the period of time wherein adjustments are made to prep for the handling of products and packaging between steps of a process. Particularly when it comes to consumer goods and equipment manufacturing, time is money. The slightest delay or fraction of a minute saved in a transition can make an immense difference in overall success. With conveyor systems, there are numerous components that contribute to this process to make it a successful and speedy process.

conveyor systems

Within the world of conveyor and assembly systems, CSS International works diligently to make changeover phases run as smoothly as possible with great efficiency and little waste.

Contributing Components

Our team at CSS International takes pride in every conveyor system and the individual piece we manufacture for our clients. We have the ability to work with clients to meet their unique qualifications.

Functional timing screws are one of the most prominent aspects of a successful changeover phase. These screws control the flow of packaging equipment machines and containers interacting with that technology. But due to innovation, timing screws are able to do more than just push containers into packaging equipment. Timing screws are intelligent technology that has the potential to work with a variety of lines and for many purposes. Here at CSS International, we work with companies one-on-one to meet their specific needs.

Our screw feed systems, also called modular drive units, are available in a variety of sizing variations that feature precision radial double sealed ball bearings. The systems are simple to adjust and, due to our advanced engineering systems, are easily customizable for client needs in a way that enhances the range of applications and limits setup time.

screw feed systems

Effective and tailored metering systems are another essential component of successful changeover phases. These systems are designed for multi-tasking and are able to manage numerous conveyor belts even though they are working at differing rates. This means that a line can function to its best ability at the same time as other, different lines. All lines can have differing specifications, spacing, and merger points, and our skilled metering systems are designed to maximize performance among all the moving parts.

CSS International: Changeover Simplified

Changeover phases can be a frustrating process if conveyor systems aren’t designed properly. CSS International has the skill and insight to help any business thrive and reach maximum efficiency. With our changeover phase development expertise, we have helped countless companies find new, personalized conveyor solutions and flourish. If your company has an interest in improving their conveyor systems, contact CSS International today.

3 Packaging Change Case Studies

packaging revolutions

As consumers, we use products on a daily basis without putting much thought into how they were packaged. However, the number of goods we consume is only rising. As such, the packaging industry continues to become more and more inventive in how they get things ready for purchase – both from a presentation and productivity standpoint. The industry does this through implementing clever packaging revolutions. These can involve timing screws, change parts, metering systems, screw feed systems, clever packaging, and more.

Here are 3 case studies of some noteworthy examples. See how changes in the packaging industry can make all the difference!

Underground Spirits’ Marketing Upgrade Through Packaging Tactics

clever packaging

The way something is packaged can be a marketing statement in and of itself. This is something the Australian brand, Underground Spirits, took advantage of when they updated their brand positioning and identity. This was done through packaging and guidelines for their range of vodka and gin products. The new design utilizes the roots of the brand and emphasizes the science that lies behind their unique products.

After the founder of the brand and Master Distiller Dr. Toby Angstmann patented the brand’s method of filtering in sub-zero temperatures, the company decided to use this unique scientific method as an essential part of their branding and packaging. Their new brand identity features a map of Canberra – where the brand is located – paired with a snowflake shape. This references their cryofiltering process.

The colors used in the branding are inspired by the Australian and Canberran landscape. This reflects their natural and local roots. The smoothness of the metallic paper reflects the smoothness of the product they’re promoting.

The results of these carefully calculated efforts? Stunning. The new branding initiative has resonated well with consumers, creating an accurate reflection of the product within!

Donegal’s Packaging Captures the Nomadic Culture

innovation in packaging industry

Kefir is a probiotic drink known for giving its users a real health boost. But what gave this Donegal kefir company a health boost was its new packaging strategy!

More and more probiotic and fermented health drinks are always hitting the shelves. As a result, Donegal – the Ireland-based Nomadic Dairy – knew it was essential that they find a way to stand out in their packaging.

Therefore, they branded their bottles with brightly colored illustrations of the Caucasus Mountains. These mountains represent the place kefir is said to have originated from. The origin story of the company suggests that its roots go all the way back to the Middle East, including having Asian influences. The company now finds itself based in Donegal, Ireland.

This updated identity of the brand captures its nomadic roots. It resembles its world-travel in search of the best flavors and tastes to incorporate into this well-known beverage. It also helps to shape the wider look and feel that comes with the brand. This is because the packaging also features a young boy leading a cow as the mountains encircle the entire base of the label.

The entire image is pulled together by the silver foil lines. These create a flowing effect on the front of the package – a visual representation of the core health benefits the product offers both inside and out. These new additions to the Donegal brand help it stand out in the ever-growing fermented health drink industry.

Arpac Streamlines Packaging Productivity with New Software

Arpac was one of the initial companies to utilize the new robotic palletizing software produced by Yaskawa Motoman. This software was designed to streamline the palletizing process and does so by generating ideal patterns for pallets and enabling robots to be able to palletize a wider range of variations efficiently and quickly.

The results of this new software implementation have been profound. By adding this technological innovation to the packaging process, a company that could before manually palletize on 12 lines chose to order four of the Arbot-LT systems on a trial – a trial that went so well they then chose to order four more!

As you can see, there is potential for incredible things to be done in the packaging industry! Get in touch with us today for a free quote to get started and see what big packaging revolutions can be done for you!

 

5 Easy to Implement Tips for Improved Conveyor Line Production

 

conveyor belt line production

If your operations rely on a conveyor belt to get things done, then it’s likely that you need to keep your conveyor belt operating at its maximum efficiency for your business to have its best chance at success. This helps to keep things running smoothly on your conveyor line round the clock, boosting your business towards success.

#1: Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance

Don’t let the components of your conveyor line production get old and worn out. There’s an old story about a contest to cut the most trees in one day that’s relevant here: one lumberjack swung his ax relentlessly, while the other stopped and sharpened his ax every hour. Despite downtime, the sharper ax won the contest.

This applies to your conveyor line, too: keep your ax sharp by performing scheduled maintenance, checking lubrication, and replacing worn-out parts on time.

#2: Use Energy Saving Devices and Controls

You’ll save a lot of money and time in the long run if your conveyor line utilizes energy saving technology. Compared to alternatives to moving products, conveyors are extremely energy efficient, but you can still get substantial energy and cost savings with a good motor, keeping your conveyor lubricated, turning the conveyor off when you’re not using it, taking advantage of gravity feeds where you can, and designing with energy savings as your priority.

#3: Be Aware of Solutions for Common Issues

solutions for conveyor belt problem

Hiring someone to service your conveyor line is expensive, and by educating yourself on solutions to common problems, you can save yourself a lot of time and money. If the conveyor unexpectedly shuts down, try resetting the emergency stop buttons found around the conveyor. These might have been tipped by personnel or packages stored too close to the conveyor line. There are many other common conveyor belt problems that you can educate yourself on fixing to save you the trouble of hiring someone to service it.

#4: Test for Performance

It’s wise to regularly test your conveyor line for performance, whether you have a flexible screw conveyor or any other type. Inspections, function testing, and load testing help to determine if your conveyor, conveyor accessories, and timing screws are all up to par with the demands of the job and are operating at maximum efficiency!

#5: Know When to Contact the Experts

When something is going wrong with your conveyor line, it’s easy to get bogged down with trying to chug along anyway so you don’t need to deal with downtime, trying to fix the problem yourself, and more. But there are some situations where the complicated and intricate machinery needs a well-trained eye to find out what is going wrong with your conveyor line and how to fix it.

To minimize downtime and to keep your efficiency up, it’s best to know when you need to call in an expert to get things back up and running at top-notch capacity again in no time at all.

If you’re experiencing problems with your conveyor line, then contact us today so we can get things back up and running!

 

The Quick Guide to Timing Screws Maintenance

Timing screws ensure containers run smoothly through specific packaging applications. As such, they are designed to withstand a good amount of wear and tear. Although made strong, just like anything else, keeping them running takes certain care. Properly maintained screws maximize the efficiency of your project.

We’ve put together six important tips for timing screw maintenance to keep them going for years.

Get quality screws.

This seems simple and obvious but the quality of materials in the timing screw matters. Are the fittings components made from stainless steel or are they fabricated from less durable aluminum stock? Is the plastic timing screw the right material for the containers on the production line? Getting a low-quality inexpensive screw can result in high expenses for production downtime. Spending the right amount of money for the right quality screw upfront will help with maintenance, not to mention, peace of mind.

Visual check.

 

Optimize the efficiency of your timing screw by making sure everything is in place before running containers through the line, including all timing screw specifications of, rotation, discharge pitch etc. We know downtime is costly and this quick eye check will help prevent any hiccups on the line.

Cleanliness.

Although most timing screws separate the production of containers, it’s important to keep your timing screw clean and debris-free. Anything that may have fallen on your conveyor belt or built on the actual screw could be a detriment to your operation. Making sure the screws remain clean ensures a smooth flow on the production line.

Pay attention to the infeed.

Make sure that the containers are backlogged at the timing screw infeed at all times. This will insure that the containers are placed in the timing screw pockets and not get damaged by the screw threads which could g happen if the containers are not shoulder to shoulder  when entering the screw. A quick check is an easy way to keep the problem at bay.

 

Understanding the timing screw rotation of your screw is important. To insure you select the correct rotation have a CSS timing screw data sheet available to reference as an easy way to note the proper rotation.

 

Guide rails opposite the screw are important to good container metering by a feed screw. Make sure that the guide rails are set at the proper elevation and spacing not to damage the screw when the containers are in the screw pockets and that the rails are parallel to the screw root diameter.

The conveyor and screw are designed to work with one another at specific fractions of a second. The timing is set up in a certain way so that the screw discharge is in-sync with the conveyor’s time. Your maintenance service professional can help you understand the correct timing for your project.

Maintenance services.

Timing screws are a repeatable motion designed to keep the containers properly positioned & metered quicker than human hands. However, human support is still needed if a timing screw maintenance issue ever comes up. Be sure your timing screw company offers maintenance support. The company you select should have experienced engineers who are available to consult when production line difficulties are encountered.  Very often a video of the area of disruption in your line can be analyzed by an offsite timing screw engineer and solutions offered.

Who Are We?

We are CSS International and we specialize in container handling conveyor systems. With over 70 years of experience, we know the exact mechanics of your timing screws. We can help you with timing screw maintenance and any of your conveyor needs. We understand the need for your project to turn efficiently, which leads to increased profits and returns.

We have been around for a long time and we are here to stay. Let us serve you! Give us a call to request a free quote today!

CSS International to Attend Pack Expo East 2018 in Philadelphia

CSS International

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19124

United States

(800) 278-8107

http://cssintl.com

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—For companies utilizing conveyer systems, the equipment necessary to operate such machinery is often a large investment and must come from a trusted company. Machinery and parts are expensive, so in order for the investment to be worthwhile, they must be durable, long lasting, efficient, and fairly priced. For this reason, CSS International has been dominating the industry for years with their high quality, durable timing screws and other conveyor system solutions. Industry leader CSS International, after more than seventy successful years in the business, will be attending Pack Expo East 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to answer questions and to speak to their latest discoveries in conveyor system solutions.

The management team comprised of President H. Vance Coulston, and co-Vice Presidents Eugene F. Fijalkowski and Albert I. Andrew have pooled their collective decades of industry experience and expertise, as well as years of valuable education at established institutions like the Wharton School and Penn State, in order to build a company that prizes hard work, efficiency, and excellence in its products and services. The build of the products themselves, as well as the design elements that go into creating conveyor system solutions are all well researched and utilize cutting edge technology to create the best the industry has to offer.

The quality of products offered by CSS International is unmatched by other companies in the industry today. For companies that utilize large conveyer systems, CSS offers timing screws, vacuum reject systems, feed systems, side grip belt units, change parts, product orienteers, bottom code/inspection diverters, and lane combiners/diverters that are effective and high quality. These products will be seen and discussed at the upcoming Pack Expo East 2018. The dedication this company has to constantly improving and bettering the level of products it is able to patent and create for clients speaks to the level of respect they have for the industry as a whole, and for the clients they hope to serve effectively.

With so many valuable years in the industry, and such a wealth of knowledge and training to draw upon, CSS International is a company to watch when it comes to new, cutting edge conveyor belt technology in years to come. Their presence as a current industry leader at Pack Expo East 2018 is one much anticipated by many companies hoping to visit and discover new market trends and new technologies being offered in the new year.

Contact: Vance Coulston

[email protected]