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Case Study: Alternative Engineering

The continued accuracy of Alternative Engineering’s engineering services including machined change parts enable bottling manufacturing companies to gain higher production efficiencies through increased output, reduced cost and OH&S improvements.



Executive Summary

Continuous improvement and product innovation are the hallmarks of a forward-thinking manufacturing company. For the engineering teams, like Alternative Engineering, that implement large-scale production changes to support product innovation, speed, accuracy and performance are the factors that separate the mediocre from the best.

Once such project that illustrates Alternative Engineering’s accuracy and reliability is Treasury Wine Estate’s implementation of a new Lean & Green bottling technology. In this project, two things were paramount:

1. Implement the change with minimal interruption to output
2. Achieve production efficiencies without compromising quality, safety or output

Alternative Engineering designed and manufactured high quality change parts that allowed the new implementation to be promptly executed. Not only was the implementation seamless, Alternative’s extensive expertise in change part engineering has been instrumental in the resulting 10% increase in production line performance TWE now enjoys.

Why accuracy matters to high capacity production environments

Within a manufacturing facility that produces tens of thousands of bottles per hour, a breakdown in machinery or even the routine work of replacing parts can mean production downtime that can in turn lead to tens of thousands of dollars in potential losses.

Implementing large-scale changes to production requires whole production lines to be re-configured to accommodate the new packaging and what’s more, work without a hitch the minute the changes have been implemented.

Engineering precision is critical to these outcomes. The design of a new production process simply has to work and newly manufactured parts simply have to fit. Simple? Not quite. A single flaw in either of these steps can mean production is disrupted and significant losses incurred. Lack of accuracy in design concept, drawings, manufacture, materials and time estimates can all incur a hefty impact.

The importance of reliability and speed of delivery in change part engineering

Commonly understood, the wear and tear of machine components can cause interruption to production as suppliers often require long lead times to replace these and the costs of acquiring replacement components are high. Similarly too, re-configuring machinery to support product innovation also requires new components and, sometimes, with a need for custom design.

The critical factors in both scenarios are engineering accuracy and speed of delivery. These are reliant on professional processes including engineering design, detailed documentation, quality control and responsive project management.

Alternative Engineering's expertise in bottling and container handling production environments means they are able to manufacture and replace change parts in a short amount of time, within reasonable costs and with dependable technical accuracy.

For bottling manufacturers, this capability ensures minimal interruptions to output and increasing efficiencies through ongoing capacity and cost improvements.

Significantly minimized downtime and cost-effective, quality engineering outcomes, arms manufacturing companies, not only in bottling but also across a diverse range of industries, with engineering solutions that support their efforts toward continuous improvement and innovation that can ultimately benefit us all.

Our Clientele

What our Clients Say

  • "When we first decided to try the process I was skeptical. However I must admit our usage throughout the factory of engineering plastics has moved from 100% OEM to 85% supplied by Alternative Engineering. The freedom to have locally manufactured parts is great"

    David Gladwin. O-I Asia Pacific
  • "Your attention to detail and level of customer service has been excellent while dealing with highly complex tasks, and the solutions delivered to our business has resulted in sustainable improvement."

    Matthew Sitters, Packaging Capability & Development Coordinator
    Treasury Wine Estates
  • "Alternative Engineering has provided an excellent level of service, support and products to our organisation."

    Matthew Sitters, Packaging Capability & Development Coordinator
    Treasury Wine Estates
  • "Your level of professionalism, commitment and passion for what you do has been great and we have been extremely pleased."

    Matthew Sitters, Packaging Capability & Development Coordinator
    Treasury Wine Estates
  • "I have received the plastic Smartie chutes. I must say the workmanship is fantastic and the fit is perfect. I just like to say thank you for a top quality job to your team there."

    Phillip Duarte, Mechanical Fitter
    Nestle Confectionary
  • "I am writing to express my sincere thanks to both yourself and the staff in the way they have assisted us. With very little notice we have requested jobs to be completed urgently and you haven't let us down."

    Peter W Fisher
    Nestle Confectionary
  • "You seem to have a happy team where nothing is too much trouble as long as it pleases the customer."

    Peter W Fisher
    Nestle Confectionary
  • "Yesterday picked up my plastic fabrication from Alternative Engineering. I want to thank all the staff that made this project happen, it makes me enormously proud that Australian manufacturing is alive and well."

    Petro Maksymovych
    D Metro Investments
  • "I will be talking to all I can of my experience with Alternative Engineering and recommend it highly and I look forward to our next project."

    Petro Maksymovych
    D Metro Investments
  • "During my three year contract in China, there has not been a single quality or delivery related problem with Alternative Engineering products. "

    Nigel Dart
    ACI Guangdong Glass Company, China
  • "I would be more than happy to recommend the services of Alternative Engineering to anybody looking for a reliable, high quality supplier."

    Nigel Dart
    ACI Guangdong Glass Company, China
  • "Colonial Farm has been associated with Alternative Engineering for many years with various projects and manufacture and design of machine parts, and they have never failed to deliver within the designated time frame."

    Peter Bull, Engineering Manager
    Colonial Farm (Aust) Pty Ltd
  • "Alternative Engineering are very responsive to all enquiries, have extensive knowledge on materials and machining, and have the ability to work within very short lead times."

    Peter Bull, Engineering Manager
    Colonial Farm (Aust) Pty Ltd
  • "Alternative Engineering have always provided excellent service and products to a very high standard."

    Peter Bull, Engineering Manager
    Colonial Farm (Aust) Pty Ltd
  • "Your attention to detail and creative natures show that you have confidence in your ability as Engineers."

    Byron Van Geyzel
    Nestlé
  • "I enjoyed working with you on the many challenges that we did overcome over a period of a year, especially the diverter conveyors, the liquor cutter, to mention a few, and a host of many such jobs."

    Byron Van Geyzel
    Nestlé
  • "I would like to thank you and the team at Alternative for supplying components “right first time” to our business. Often our requests are unique and with short time lines."

    Simon Hall, Engineering Maintenance Team Leader
    Nestlé Confectionary and Snacks
  • "Your Engineering team understand our requirements with respect to food safety and ensure our hygienic engineering standards are adhered to."

    Simon Hall, Engineering Maintenance Team Leader
    Nestlé Confectionary and Snacks
  • "We have worked in partnership with Alternative Engineering to design and implement improvements in order to resolve problematic machine issues. Above all the quality of components we receive from Alternative Engineering is outstanding whilst remaining cost competitive."

    Simon Hall, Engineering Maintenance Team Leader
    Nestlé Confectionary and Snacks
  • "Now that we have trialled your equipment and are extremely pleased with the standard of components that you produce for our machines, it is safe to say we will continue to use your services."

    Chris Saunders
    Visy Board Pty Ltd