Boom of coloured pencils during lockdown.


A large number of children forced to home-schooling needed a considerable amount of coloured pencils to draw and paint.

The pandemic has overwhelmed and upset every aspect of our lives, including the relationship between supply and demand for the most diverse types of products on the market. Thus, if for many companies there has been a sharp decline in activity and sales, others have found themselves having to satisfy a sudden increase of demand. A concrete example: the large number of children forced to home-schooling needed a considerable amount of coloured pencils to draw and paint.

This is why the well-known Swedish multinational that supplies products for home and for children has requested an immediate and huge increase in production from its suppliers. And its main supplier of pastels relied on different Pixsys products to respond effectively to this increased demand.

Our controls, interfaces, actuators and sensors have supported the different changes that had to be made in real time to manufacturing processes to face the increased demand:

  • a new network of substations for mixing and weighing colours at a controlled temperature;
  • the integration with the transport system towards the controlled heating molding machines to avoid lumps during mixing;
  • color labeling and packaging systems;
  • the integration of data into the company MES to simplify predictive maintenance and obtain all the production and quality statistics required by customer.

 

Our products have therefore allowed a company to be performing successfully under critical circumstances and for many children not to be without their pencils during the long days spent at home: we are proud of our contribution!