MOLINO ANDINO S.A. headquartered in La Paz is a large Bolivian producer of Flours and Pasta who has been present on the market for over 35 years. Molino Andino purchased its first wheat flour mill in 1978. In 1999 Molino Andino started to diversify its offerings by acquiring its first pasta processing lines and the company has been steadily expanding its output since. In 2010, Molino Andino decided to enter the bakery business by purchasing a processing line for panettone and muffins and it is currently installing another two state-of-the-art biscuit lines as well as one wafer line in a plant of over 7000 m2.
In view of major growth, MOLINO ANDINO S.A. is now further expanding by creating ALIMENTOS AGUA CLARA S.A. that will start its operations in June, 2015 in the new Santa Cruz site. To improve efficiency in its packaging division at the historic plant of La Paz, as well as to freshly equip the new Santa Cruz plant, MOLINO ANDINO has completely relied on SCHIB – HAYSSEN FLEXIBLE SYSTEMS technology.
Carlos Gutierrez Vega, Managing Director of Molino Andino, affirms that he made the decision of contracting Schib because of the excellent reputation Schib enjoys in South America. Schib, an Italian-based manufacturer, is very well known and appreciated for both the high quality of its equipment and the careful after-sales service it offers to the customer base. Schib Sales Director Elvio Corato adds, “Culminating a constant field work, Schib is now acquiring this important job order that includes various primary and secondary packaging lines for wafer and panettone as well as for biscuits and crackers in pile and on edge.”
Schib’s lines dedicated to on-edge collations of products are ideal for packaging biscuits, crackers, and cookies on edge, assuring that the product is gently handled and yet offering total control of the slug throughout the packaging cycle. A 90° feeder takes the products on edge, either manually or automatically fed, and transfers them into the in-feed chain of the flow pack machine. At this point, the collations of products are supported and transferred to the end seal head. 5-axis servo control, automatic film splicing, photocell for print registered films, and No Product – No Bag function complete the line configuration. Speeds up to 120 packs per minute. For more details, visit Schib’s website.