Southern Salads Continuous Motion PackagingSouthern Salads, based in Kent in the UK has recently installed two Novus 350s to pack their Iceberg lettuce and other leaves. This installation is part of a major investment in their processing and packing facility.

Southern Salads is a hugely successful family run business. Starting life off in markets in London, CEO & founder Ray Boakes developed the business by supplying shredded lettuce to multinational high street restaurant chains and has continued to serve this market ever since.

Southern Salads is a long-standing Hayssen Flexible Systems’ customer who utilise several intermittentSandiacre TG 320 machines to pack their products. When they decided to move forward with continuous motion packing, it was a logical move to choose Hayssen Flexible Systems’ machinery. Their new Novus produce specification machines have been specifically designed to improve speeds, pack integrity and decrease maintenance and servicing costs against current machines.

The unique product stager device prevents product from getting into the end seals and the Novus’ Quali-seal jaws offer extended sealing times and increased pack seal integrity. The Novus’s independent bag squeezer reduces oxygen levels in the bag, while the gas flushing feature slows down bacterial growth, increasing the longevity of the product’s shelf life. “Hayssen Flexible Systems’ ability to supply machines with a guaranteed increase in output and seal integrity was a key decision making factor to help us better serve our customers,” says Andrew Boakes, Managing Director at Southern Salads.

Andrew Boakes explains further “Having experienced Hayssen Flexible Systems’ outstanding after sales service support for many years it was an easy decision to continue our relationship with them. Their technical team are always readily available to give support and advice which we highly value.”

 

McEntire Produce, headquartered in Columbia, SC, is a fresh produce processor, repacker and wholesaler serving the Southeast for over 70 years. McEntire Produce is always looking for ways to improve efficiency and increase speeds in their produce packaging lines to meet customer demand. After initially agreeing to be a beta testing production site for HayssenSandiacre’s Novus Produce vertical form fill seal machine, McEntire Produce has purchased the continuous motion machine for its exceptional performance.   McEntire Produce has been impressed with the Novus Produce Machine since shortly after receiving the machine. Tom Ribken, HayssenSandiacre Sales Executive, represents the southeast U.S. and worked closely with McEntire Produce from install of beta machine to purchase. Ribken comments on McEntire Produce’s decision to go with the Novus, “The wow factor happened when this bagger consistently met speeds of 55 bpm for a compressed 5lb package of shredded lettuce.  The existing baggers in the plant are not capable of attaining the Novus bpm’s while consistently maintaining package integrity.”

McEntire’s Maintenance Manager comments, “We were looking for ways to increase speeds while maintaining clean end seals and low leaker rates. The Novus has delivered on all counts. Our business is continuing to grow and we are looking to add a second Novus combined with an Ishida scale in the near future.”

Along with impressive speeds, the Novus Produce machine also features an independently timed stager which prevents product from contaminating end seals resulting in package leaks.  Other features include independently timed bag squeezer to compress bag size, orbital style knife and Quali-seal jaws.  HayssenSandiacre has worked with national produce companies for many years and helped to pioneer pre-washed, packaged bags of salads/lettuce.  The new Novus Produce machine joins the Ultima family of machines to further extend HayssenSandiacre’s product line which are well-suited for fresh cut produce applications.

 
PMT Magazine

PMT Magazine Names Florida Specialties 2011 Packaging Line of the Year

Congratulations to Florida Specialties, PMT’s 2011 Packaging Line of the Year. HayssenSandiacre vertical baggers and Thiele case packing systems are part of the premier line located in Immokalee, producing 12 oz. bags at up to 120 bags per minute. Florida Specialties enlisted the processing and packaging expertise of Heat and Control, Hayward, Calif., to develop an overall packaging solution that would integrate seamlessly with the facility’s already established washing and case packing lines. We invite you to read the full story and recognition of Florida Specialties on PMT’s website:

http://www.pmtdirect.com/Articles/articledetail.cfm?ItemNumber=2459

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