Automation of routine tasks and assurance of standard-compliant processes

Integrated management system supports quality management at EK-Pack Folien

The Allgäu is one of the centres of innovation in the packaging industry. EK-Pack Folien GmbH, founded in 1977, has its headquarters here in the region, which the industry likes to call "Foil Valley". The medium-sized, family-run company with 215 employees develops and manufactures polymer films that are used primarily in the food industry, but also for pharmaceutical and cosmetic products as well as for technical applications. EK-Pack's internationally sought-after high-barrier films in a variety of material combinations are genuine high-tech products that are manufactured using extrusion, adhesive lamination and extrusion laminating processes. In increasingly thinner designs, yet extremely hardwearing, they combine different functional layers and various finishes that are precisely tailored to the requirements of the customer. These include, for example, specific glide, peel, seal and anti-fog properties as well as different colourings and printing.

Customers from all over the world trust in the film specialist EK-Pack - and thus also in its impeccable quality management. In 2010, those responsible decided to introduce a software-based integrated management system that would bring together all norms and standards under a uniform interface. "It was particularly important for us to regulate process and document maintenance using a central system," says Marco Ziegler from the management of EK-Pack Folien GmbH.

EK-Pack chose the software from ConSense GmbH in Aachen. The company is one of the technologically leading providers of solutions for process and quality management. The integrated management system ConSense IMS PROFESSIONAL was implemented in March 2011. It combines the quality management standard DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 - now in its 2015 revision - with the BRC Global Standard for packaging and packaging materials as well as the energy management system according to ISO 50001:2011. The user-friendly software ensures that the specified standards for the documentation of the various sets of rules are fully complied with. It offers complete electronic support through automated routine processes, systematically provides information and monitors applicable standard specifications.

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