Stop stopping on doubles - why three is the magic number for feeder efficiency

When you’re dealing with fine margins and tough SLAs, every second of production counts. Small wins can often feel insubstantial when assessed individually yet can accumulate to generate serious productivity and efficiency gains. This is certainly the case where feeder efficiency is concerned.

Default settings on feeders typically tell the system to stop whenever doubles are detected. Double feeds are simply a part of life for operators, no matter how finely tuned the system or how experienced the operator is in handling different materials. Any double detection results in a halt to production while the operator clears, and the double is diverted. If, for example, an operator is running a high-speed system, feeding inserts, and two doubles are being detected every hour, potential lost production could equate to up to 1,000 envelopes per hour – or 24,000 per day. Multiply this by week, by month, by year, and the lost productivity figures soon become significant.

There is a very quick answer to reduce this issue. Our easily configurable systems make switching from default to personalized settings very simple. Operators can simply reduce the frequency of system stoppages – setting the ‘consecutive doubles to a stop’ to three.

This means that the machine will only halt once three consecutive doubles are detected – without impacting the integrity of the mail piece. This change is achievable in three easy steps and will take a matter of seconds.

Of course, every site has its own directives regarding recommended integrity settings – so company policy must be checked before changes are implemented. But if there is scope for flexibility, then this very minor tweak can result in major operational efficiencies over time.

For a copy of our Feeder Troubleshooting guides, please email info@bluecrestinc.com or for further information please contact your local BlueCrest representative.


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