Delivering a Tasty Recipe for Productivity

Panduit and Noosa teamed up to improve OEE.

 

Noosa yoghurt’s one-of-a-kind authentic Australian recipe was dominating the flourishing yogurt industry. The company’s strong dedication to delivering a quality food product to yogurt consumers in new and different ways propelled it to invest in a $5 million plant upgrade in 2015. As anticipated, this upgrade to their network infrastructure increased production and nationwide awareness of the noosa yoghurt brand. However, it wasn’t exactly smooth sailing.

Challenge

Although the upgrade allowed noosa yoghurt to increase its operations, challenges developed. The network was growing without standardized methods, so it became cumbersome to troubleshoot, often resulting in costly unscheduled downtime. This was affecting Noosa’s bottom line, so something had to be done.

The 32,000 square foot facility needed to be networked across two production plants and a main office. Panduit Advisory Services, along with Malisko Engineering, recommended a network design that aligns with the Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) to simplify operations and reduce the total cost of ownership. The Panduit partner ecosystem (Malisko Engineering, Rockwell Automation) collaborated to design and implement a standardized network architecture to improve availability.

This included:

  • a manufacturing backbone
  • an enterprise backbone
  • a spare backbone for scalability
  • Separated enterprise and production zones for limited downtime

Solution

We worked fast with pre-configured technologies including an MDC, zone enclosures with UPS and sloped tops for easy hose down, and a pre-configured IDF which installs 25% faster with 3X cooling capacity. DCF cables keep everything connected and organized. A Panduit certified installer implemented these solutions with a 25-year performance warranty for the utmost reassurance.

Result

The new facility was completed in just six months. Noosa yoghurt’s production capacity increased by 300% and it added 4,000 retailers nationwide in a total of 30,000 stores.

Thanks to Panduit’s partner ecosystem, noosa yoghurt has no problem meeting production demands, and all 50 states are experiencing the tasty flavors noosa yoghurt has to offer.

See how Panduit did it here.