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08.08.2022 Mexican cement manufacturer orders new palletizers to cope with move from 50kg to 25kg bags

BEUMER Group, Beckum, Germany, has won a major order to supply 14 high-capacity sack palletizers to Mexican cement manufacturer Cruz Azul. Owing to latest legal requirements, Cruz Azul will have to change its production from 50 to 25kg bags in future. Thus, the company will have to handle twice the number of bags while maintaining the same capacity. The Cooperativa La Cruz Azul, with head office in Mexico City, is one of the leading cement manufacturers in Mexico. The company has four plants in the country - the main plant is located in the state of Hidalgo. In addition to cement lines, Cruz Azul also operates building material lines. What has been partly implemented in Europe and the USA for decades is now coming into effect in Mexico, where the government has decided to switch from 50 to 25kg bags at the beginning of 2023. This change will be implemented in order to protect the health of the workers who have to lift and carry these bags.

Cruz Azul must therefore be able to bag, palletise and pack twice the quantity of cement bags in the future while maintaining the same production capacity. For example: with a total tonnage of 150t/h, 6000 bags currently require more than 90 pallets. A pallet has to be handled every 40 seconds. In order to meet this logistical challenge in the four plants, the manufacturer has commissioned BEUMER to supply 14 high-performance palletisers. One BEUMER system achieves an output of 5500 to 6000 bags per hour. Cruz Azul and BEUMER Group have enjoyed a trusting and successful working relationship for decades.

COVID-19 presented a particular challenge for this project. Owing to the pandemic, it was not possible for BEUMER experts to be on site with the customer in person. All concepts were discussed, debated and agreed online and with the support of the local group company in Mexico City. Despite the tight supply situation, BEUMER Group plans to deliver the first five palletizers in the third quarter of 2022. The other nine machines will follow in 2023.

At Cruz Azul each of the new BEUMER high-capacity palletizers will achieve an output of 5500 to 6000 bags per hour

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