OnTrack is known for its ingenuity and experience in developing solutions for a wide range of packaging line management problems. Leaders in quick change philosophy, we use "Lean Manufacturing" principles to meet the ongoing demand for high productivity and cost reductions.
OnTrack's orienters are custom-configured in various frame sizes and head configurations and can handle glass or plastic containers of almost any size or shape. Standard features include automatic speed controls, finger tip settings, digital speed read-out, and power height adjustment.
Our Wet Case Detector prevents shipment of wet cases by detecting leaks before they leave the packaging line. It senses moisture on the bottom surface of a damaged case and then prompts removal of that case from the line, either manually or automatically. Wet cases are then removed from the line before they reach the skid where liquid spills could easily cause damage to other cases.
OnTrack originated in 1960 as the ‘Bottling Development’ division of Joseph Seagram and Sons Ltd (Seagram). Bottling Development, or BD, was responsible for development and management of technology to improve the performance of the Seagram bottling and packaging lines.
Through the 1980’s, BD expanded beyond servicing the Seagram facilities and began selling its technology and services to third party companies. In 2002, Seagram was acquired by Diageo PLC (Diageo) which then expanded BD’s business across all North American Diageo facilities. Then, in 2005, Diageo made a strategic decision to eliminate all non-core business from their portfolio of distillery brands, which prompted the closure of Bottling Development in July, 2006.
At that time, three BD management employees, Ward Flannery, Darren Ste. Marie, and Ed Gardiner, negotiated the purchase of all assets including all equipment, technology, and intellectual property of Bottling Development. From 2007 to 2012, the company operated as OnTrack Automation Inc., providing packaging line management components, systems and solutions to a growing list of customers across many industries.
On January 1, 2012, Ontrack Automation Inc. joined forces with Pneumatic Scale Angelus, a division of Barry-Wehmiller Companies Inc. In 2020, the team joined Zepf Solutions and continues to operate in Waterloo, Ontario under the Zepf Solutions leadership team.
Today, the company continues its focus as an innovative market leader in providing line automation expertise, components, systems and solutions to the packaging industry.