04 June 2021
Cepac, is the UK’s leading independent corrugated packing
producer. From state-of-the-art alternative, to conventional corrugated
packaging, they have achieved their market leading status by becoming the
pioneers of innovation, performance packaging and print solutions.
Operating across four UK plants, a programme of continued
investment has enabled the innovation and growth that supports Cepac’s core
values. The ability to exceed expectations is based around harnessing the
latest technologies and materials, building strong relationships with their
customers, suppliers, and stakeholders.
Cepac are committed to future proofing their business,
investing in the infrastructure to streamline, safeguard and support their
operational processes. As part of a planned investment, Cepac were looking to
invest in an Access Control system. The overall objective of the system was to
provide additional security around their operations.
Commenting on the new system implementation, Wayne Cusworth,
Chief Information Officer at Cepac explains, “The proposed use for the system
was to manage entry around the perimeter of our manufacturing plants with
additional controls in place to restrict staff access to specific areas on site. Having worked with TouchStar ATC on previous
projects, we knew they would be able to offer us a reliable and quality
solution, something that is fundamentally important to us here at Cepac. With
plans for more growth, we knew we had to look at a system that was both
futureproof and scalable and it made sense to talk to TouchStar about how we
would achieve this.”
At the core of the Access Control system is TouchStar’s
MicroTrak Evolution software. TouchStar’s own Evolution software, a modular based
access control system provided the user interface. Designed around an IP
addressable controller, the proximity card system is
plugged directly into Cepac’s existing network.
TouchStar worked closely with Cepac to
manage the installation, ensuring a seamless rollout of the new solution.
For the installation, TouchStar designed
and planned the initial installation around a single site. Once the system was
successfully installed, the solution was then subsequently rolled out to the
remaining three sites, each of which
independently linked to TouchStar’s core “Evolution” Access
Control software. With the system being new, the only additional work required
was populating the new system with the staff, a straightforward process which
took no time at all for Cepac.
Since the initial implementation, Cepac have now unified all
operations under one single software source. Not only does this allow them to
streamline the management and support of their access control system, but they
are also now able to administer all sites remotely from a central location.
Wayne continues, “The overall system implementation went
extremely well. TouchStar worked closely
with us throughout the whole process and the more recent upgrades, testing the
new system with respect to our agreed specification, this resulted in a
successful rollout of the systems”.
Since the installation, TouchStar’s Access Control systems
have continued to evolve, with further growth and development of both the
hardware and the portfolio of solutions. This will ensure that Cepac will
continue to invest in a solution that will meet their needs both now and into