Marshfield Farm

Will Hawking’s family at Marshfield Farm, near to Bath, have been producing organic milk for nearly 50 years and ice cream since 1988. They have built up a very strong reputation and recognised brand name for a wide range of great quality dairy ice creams, all made on their family farm to the very highest standards.

Marshfield Farm Real Dairy Ice Cream is proud to supply thousands of discerning and high profile trade customers throughout the UK– caterers, visitor attractions and independent retailers.

With the obvious seasonal demand peaks of making ice cream, Marshfield Farm always look for reliable and robust machinery with good dealer support in the event of any problems.

The system included IRB 660 which has a handling capacity of 250kg and a reach of 3.15. The footprint of the palletising area was extremely compact but with our experienced design and programming team this was achievable. We integrated into an existing system which allowed our customer to keep within budget. The robot was palletising in 4 formats and the installation was carried out in the Christmas run-up.

Will Hawking gave this statement:

“The RM Group delivered our ABB pallet stacking robot on budget and without problems. They have been helpful and attentive in helping us to get it set up and running smoothly.

We are pleased with the installation and would certainly use their equipment again if and when the time arises. After learning how to run the equipment, and ironing out a few inevitable teething ‘setup’ issues, the robot now runs smoothly all day every day, entirely removing the arduous task of manually stacking pallets.

RM Group software engineers are able to ‘see’ the robot at work via an internet connection and tweak the software to maximise throughput and minimise downtime as a result.

The robot is now handling several thousand boxes of ice cream per day, across several different pack sizes and pallet configurations, barely missing a beat throughout.

This has enabled Marshfield Farm to redeploy existing end-of-line staff to other tasks elsewhere in their production process.”

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