Andrew Palmer, Chairman of SGL Co-packing, commented: “We are looking to build on our success as a leading UK co-packer by investing further in systems and equipment to support the development of customers’ products. The new Novus machine meets our requirements for high quality, flexibility and cost-effective operation, and has already generated considerable interest from existing and prospective customers.”
The UK’s leading supplier of dried fruits, nuts and seeds, Whitworths, has recently purchased Hayssen Flexible Systems’ Novus VFFS continuous motion packaging machine. This is the second machine that Whitworths has purchased in the space of 12 months.
Whitworths was established 125 years ago in the UK and is a widely recognised brand, offering products for snacking, as well as baking purposes. The company started off as a flour producer and throughout the years has expanded to producing dried fruit and nuts.
Whitworths’ first machine was purchased to improve the output at which Whitworths was packing bags of dried fruits. Due to increased customer demand, Whitworths needed a new machine for their additional nut packing line and decided to opt for another Novus 350. Whitworths has worked with Sandiacre’s intermittent machines for a number of years and has been impressed with the reliability of their machines. During Interpack, they visited the Bary-Wehmiller stand and decided to purchase the Novus demonstration machine on a short lead time.
Whitworths, based in Wellingborough in the UK, was impressed with both the machine layout and the Novus’ flexibility to produce pillow, quad and Doy packs. The machine layout of Whitworths’ machine, allows easier accessibility to the operator interface, thereby enabling the operator to switch between the machine’s different features with ease.
According to Sean Cornes, Engineering Manager at Whitworths, the simplicity and ease of maintenance of the Novus have significantly assisted their production. Sean Cornes, commented, “The Novus machine has helped us to increase our productivity in the packaging of our fruit, nuts and seed products. It is easy to operate and customer support is always available from Hayssen Flexible Systems.”
The Novus VFFS machine is highly flexible and is customised to meet customers’ requirements. The modular assemblies included with the Novus machine help to reduce changeover times, making changing pack styles simple and quick. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle’s Bakery is a local favorite near Rutherford College, North Carolina. Alongside their grill, Michelle’s Bakery distributes a large variety of homemade cakes, pies, cookies and other desserts. Michelle’s Bakery recently trialed a new Rose Forgrove Merlin Blu flow wrapper. The company needed a flow wrapper that could handle the packaging of various smaller bakery items as well as whole pies and larger bakery products for retail display.
Tammy Cannon, Co-owner of Michelle’s Bakery, oversees the packaging of their bakery product lines, and was happy to accept the Merlin Blu on a trial basis. Positioned for substantial growth, the company had a need for automated packaging equipment. Michelle’s Bakery has since purchased that same Merlin Blu, which steadily wraps cookies day after day. One of the features that appealed to Cannon was the hygienic features, with tool-less removal of guarding, which makes for fast and easy cleaning of the flow wrapper. Another benefit of the Merlin that led to a final sale is its capability to handle a wide range of products with its easy to use adjustable forming box and wide jaws. Taking advantage of these features and the user-friendly operator interface, Michelle’s Bakery can easily switch from wrapping small cookies to full size pies. The B&R Industrial Automation control system with color icon controls make it easy for Cannon’s team to set packaging parameters and make quick changeovers.
Ryan Glenn, Horizontal Sales Leader for Hayssen Flexible Systems, coordinated the project with Michelle’s Bakery. He comments, “I initially bought one of Michelle’s Bakery pound cake slices while traveling. I was impressed with their high-quality bakery products. Their close proximity to our global headquarters in Duncan, SC, where the Merlin Blu is manufactured, made them an ideal candidate for a beta installation. The Merlin Blu is an ideal flow wrapper to help them achieve packaging that effectively displays Michelle’s Bakery tasty treats while maintaining the freshness of their products. I look forward to partnering with Michelle’s Bakery as their operations continue to grow.”
Currently, Michelle’s Bakery is using the Merlin Blu to wrap their famous chocolate oatmeal cookies in single serve packs at 50 packs per minute, as well as whole coconut pies at a rate of 25 per minute.
Hayssen Flexible Systems recently held the 2014 imPACKED event in Padova, Italy, with Amica Chips as the featured customer sponsor. This video recaps highlights from the week-long show as well as interviews with customers, suppliers and packaging partners from around the globe. The event features vertical and horizontal form fill seal equipment and related equipment from Barry-Wehmiller including Schib flow wrapping and packaging lines, Thiele Technologies case packing, Accraply labeling and Pneumatic Scale Angelus filling systems. For more info on upcoming imPACKED events, please contact email@example.com.
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.
Fenmarc Produce ltd, based in Elm, Cambridgeshire, has been growing, preparing, packing and supplying vegetables to major multiples and wholesale markets for over 40 years. Starting off as a farming co-operative, established by growers, Fenmarc offers superior customer service using its vast knowledge of farming and food processing. Today Fenmarc is one of the leading fresh produce suppliers in the UK, employing over 400 colleagues.
Fenmarc has various baggers on site, including one of Hayssen Flexible Systems’ intermittent VFFS machines.
After attending Hayssen Flexible Systems’ imPACKED show, Fenmarc decided to purchase the Novus 350 exhibition machine. One of the many advantages of purchasing the Novus was that Fenmarc could purchase the machine on a very short delivery time. The Novus continuous motion packaging machine allows Fenmarc to produce packs at an increased output.
“Our existing Sandiacre intermittent machine has always been extremely reliable, but we were interested to see what improvements a new machine could offer,” explains Gary Nassau, Site Engineering Leader at Fenmarc. “After seeing demonstrations of the Novus’ capabilities at the imPACKED show in Nottingham, we decided to purchase the machine. The customer service and spares delivery from Hayssen Flexible Systems has always been superb and was another key factor in our decision.”
The Novus 350 VFFS packaging machine offers benefits, such as high speed capabilities, packing bags of up to 200 bags per minute, dependent on film and product. The Novus’ modular assemblies and user interface facilitate easy and quick format changeovers, allowing customers the flexibility to switch between bag styles and sizes with ease. For more information, regarding the Sandiacre Novus continuous motion packaging machine, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or check out some videos of the Novus in action on Hayssen’s YouTube channel.
Popular Italian chip company, AMICA CHIPS, relies on Logic to meet required speeds
AMICA CHIPS can be found anywhere and everywhere in Italy. Founded in 1990, AMICA CHIPS is based in Castiglione delle Stiviere, close to the biggest lake in Italy, Garda Lake. The company most recently purchased Simionato’s Logic 35 bagger with ATOM radial combination weigher to package a new product line of Alfredo chips; the product’s namesake is from Alfredo Moratti, one of the company’s two founders.
Currently, AMICA CHIPS has more than 30 Simionato systems installed, with the typical combination of a double Logic bagger system integrated with RCW 8+8 Boost scales. Mr. Alfredo Moratti, President of AMICA CHIPS comments on the lasting relationship that has grown over the years, “We have been working with Simionato for 20 years and continue to rely on them today. AMICA CHIPS is one of the leaders in Italy due to our great people, products, and efficiencies. We have evaluated many types of packaging equipment technologies and have found Simionato to be the most reliable technology and service partner for us. Today we have more than 30 Simionato packaging systems running around the clock 7 days per week producing precise weight bags that look great on our customers’ shelves.”
AMICA CHIPS has recently invested significantly in their manufacturing processes to position for the future. Product weighing and packaging is a critical part of Amica’s process. Mr. Giovanni Bruschi, Technical Director of AMICA CHIPS adds, “Our production people want nothing other than Simionato systems, given their reliability and simplicity of operation. Simionato continues to meet our innovation needs and I know I can rely on them for our future developments.”
AtaKey Patates Gida A.Ş., based in Turkey has installed three Novus 350 continuous motion packaging machines in their new french fry factory. Erhan Cansu, Board Member of AtaKey who led up this project was aware of Hayssen Flexible Systems’ impressive track record for successful installations of french fry packaging machines throughout the world. AtaKey’s three Novus 350 baggers are packing 1kg and 2.5kg pillow packs of frozen french fries at speeds of 85ppm and 50ppm respectively.
Hayssen Flexible Systems has a wide amount of experience selling machines in to the Turkish market and ensures customers’ needs are met through local agent Elbak, based in Turkey. The company has installed over 40 VFFS machines in the past two years to the french fry industry, in countries such as USA, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, South Africa and India.
A new world record of 4,082 consecutive, successful splices was set by Jean Carlo Cerdas of New England Sheets. Jean Carlo Cerdas successfully made every splice he attempted from November 11, 2013 to July 15, 2014.
Representatives from MarquipWardUnited and New England Sheets celebrated the new record with Cerdas on Friday October 10, 2014. Cerdas was presented an embroidered world record jacket and, in keeping with the traditional belt-buckle theme for the MarquipWardUnited Century Club, a World Champion Splicer Operator Belt.
The record was set in coordination with the MarquipWardUnited Century Club Program in which operators are recognized for achieving 100, 500 and 1000 consecutive splices without a miss. Enrollment in the program requires a training session with MarquipWardUnited Splicer Trainer John Podmolik, who audits the machines, materials and practices before providing detailed instructions on getting the best out of a MarquipWardUnited machine.
Cerdas’ new world record of 4,082 eclipsed the previous world record of 3,741 splices without a miss set by Tony Jimenez of Independence Corrugated, Oak Creek, Wisconsin on March 10, 2014. It is no coincidence that both recent world reord holders are from Schwarz Partner Plants. Independence Corrugated commissioned software to automatically track, and continuously display operator performance by machine. This technolgy and the Century Club Program has been embraced by all Schwarz Partner facilities with many operators now over the 2,000 mark and counting.
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Rose Forgrove has introduced their latest flow wrapper, with extensive hygienic features. The Merlin “Blu” is innovatively engineered with several tool-less removal features and easy-to-clean design suitable for a wide range of challenging industries.
Michael Dann, Director for Rose Forgrove, notes that the Blu Series Merlin flow wrapper has a number of features that make it inherently hygienic and easy to use. “The Merlin Blu infeed can be dismantled without tools in less than 2 minutes and has a quick-release infeed catch tray. The folding box is self-threading and simple to adjust.” Dann added, “This flow wrapper sets a new standard in hygienic flow wrapping technology for its class and delivers tremendous value to our customers.”
The hygienic features also include sloped surfaces and rounded legs that minimize debris build up. The easy-to-clean features are matched by technical highlights of “no product-no bag”, a feature that minimizes film waste, and an intuitive icon-based interface for fast, repeatable changeovers. The new guard design provides operators a clear view of the product throughout the wrapping process.
“The greatest interest for this model is coming from bakery, confectionery and fresh produce companies,” said Ian Bickerdike, Business Development Leader – Horizontal Systems. “The versatility is there for a wide range of food applications, as well as personal care and medical/pharmaceutical flow wrapping applications; which makes the Merlin “Blu” a perfect machine for contract packers. The design team has also minimized the footprint substantially for this model.”
Dann also alluded to the immediate future of Rose Forgrove’s product line, saying, “We have invested in new engineering team members in support of a major horizontal wrapper systems growth initiative. Our ‘One Global Team’ culture has seen the benefits of leveraging all capabilities to gain a competitive advantage in the market.”
The production rate for the Rose Forgrove Merlin Blu is 100 (single jaw) to 200 (twin jaw) packages per minute, and package range is up to 120mm high by 300m wide.
Rose Forgrove distinguishes itself through innovative engineering that focuses on delivering exceptional performance and functionality without compromising durability or simplicity. One of the longest standing and most respected flow wrap manufacturers in the packaging industry, Rose Forgrove’s tailored wrapping systems are hygienic, easy to operate and suitable for a vast range of applications. Rose Forgrove services a broad range of industries across the globe.