Making a difference: Brenton and Orion ramp up production to support Operation Warp Speed initiatives
ALEXANDRIA, Minn., April 9, 2021 – As companies in the supply chain for COVID-19 vaccine distribution began ramping up activities last summer, Brenton and Orion were there for customers by expediting the design and building of end-of-line packaging and stretch-wrapping systems as part of Operation Warp Speed.
A public-private partnership initiated by the U.S. government, Operation Warp Speed (OWS) is a nationwide effort to accelerate the development, manufacturing and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Since many of Brenton and Orion’s customers within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries are playing key roles in OWS, both brands have stepped up their efforts to make the rollout a success.
“Both Brenton and Orion teams have done a phenomenal job in meeting this challenge,” said Aaron Hanson, Vice President and General Manager, Brenton and Orion. “Our teams put in a lot of extra hours and effort working with customers on meeting their OWS timelines, as well as maintaining work flow guidelines for our other customers; that’s something we take great pride in – helping our customers succeed by not backing away from challenges.”
Brenton is a manufacturer of robotics for material handling, high-speed pick and place, packaging and end-of-line systems. Orion is a manufacturer of stretch-wrapping and pallet-unitizing machinery. Both brands operate in numerous industrial industries, including food and beverage, medical device, household products, personal care and many others.
One OWS project Brenton completed for a long-standing medical device customer involved an end-of-line system to handle the expected surge in packaging components such as syringes, needles, clamps and other supplies. Knowing that time was of the essence, Brenton sent extra personnel to the customer’s location to speed up installation and ensure the system was properly operating. That same customer also ordered an additional end-of-line system to create a packaging line to meet increased demand from the vaccine rollout. Both projects had aggressive timelines to meet; the systems were operational ahead of schedule.
“Our strategic partnerships with medical and pharmaceutical customers over the years set us up to succeed during such a crucial time,” said Jason Enninga, Integrated Medical Sales Director, Brenton. “Working with OWS initiatives is something we have been preparing for and knowing we are supporting the mission to deliver vaccine components is exciting.”
Orion is currently working on a project to band loads and apply corner boards automatically, as well as stretch-wrap packages of wipes for an OWS customer. This project is under a tight deadline and when operational, needs to apply the corner boards at a rate of 57 pallets an hour. The fact that Orion had successfully completed many other projects similar in scope helped the company win this business.
“Brenton and Orion are demonstrating why we’re trusted partners with our customers, because they can rely on us to deliver when the going gets tough,” Hanson said. “Our efforts in supporting OWS really says a lot about our people who are working long hours to make our customers successful. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
Brenton engineers and manufactures custom case packaging, palletizing, robotic packaging systems including material handling, high speed pick and place, and integrated end-of-line systems. Specializing in food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical device, personal care, and household products, Brenton surpasses regulatory and market driven demands and creates collaborative, long-standing partnerships to best serve a diverse customer base. Brenton is a product brand of ProMach, a global leader in packaging line solutions. As part of the ProMach End of Line business line, Brenton helps packaging customers protect and grow the reputation and trust of their consumers. ProMach is performance, and the proof is in every package. Learn more about Brenton at www.BrentonEngineering.com.
Make sure every load is safe and secure during its journey to market with Orion, the leader in heavy-duty industrial stretch wrapping technology. Orion is an industry-leading manufacturer of automatic and semi-automatic stretch wrapping equipment, including rotary turntables, rotary towers, and horizontal wrapping systems. As part of the ProMach End of Line business line, Orion helps our packaging customers protect and grow the reputation and trust of their consumers. ProMach is performance, and the proof is in every package. Learn more about Orion at www.OrionPackaging.com.
ProMach is a family of best-in-class packaging solution brands serving manufacturers of all sizes and geographies in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, and household and industrial goods industries. ProMach brands operate across the entire packaging spectrum: filling and capping, flexibles, pharma, product handling, labeling and coding, and end of line. ProMach also provides Performance Services, including integrated solutions, design/build, engineering services, and productivity software to optimize packaging line design and deliver maximum uptime.
ProMach designs, manufactures, integrates, and supports the most sophisticated and advanced packaging solutions in the global marketplace. Its diverse customer base, from Fortune 500 companies to smaller, privately held businesses worldwide, depends on reliable, flexible, technologically advanced equipment and integrated solutions. ProMach is headquartered near Cincinnati, Ohio, with manufacturing facilities and offices throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Europe, United Arab Emirates, and China. For more information about ProMach, visit www.ProMachBuilt.com.