Case Study

Increasing Efficiencies In Greek Yogurt Filling Operations

Walden

Creamy and healthy, natural yogurt is not just a trendy food in Europe and the USA, it is also extremely popular in Australia. It was not entirely unknown down there, since it arrived many years ago with European immigrants to Australia. The McLaren family took over the small Melbourne-based dairy farm over 35 years ago producing a natural, probiotic yogurt based on a traditional Greek recipe without additives. The company, now known as Jalna Dairy Foods, has achieved major success with its product on the Australian market. This natural yogurt continues maturing in the container after filling, since it is filled in liquid form, and the right specialized packaging machinery is required to do this.

The Waldner name first came into play in 2014 when Jalna Dairy Foods was looking for high-output machinery with a precise filling volume. The problem that Jalna was experiencing was that too much yogurt was filling into their containers, which equates to involuntary “product give-away” and the losses built up. WALDNER carried out initial filling tests with its DOSOMATS and the original product. The first Jalna Dairy Foods product tested was a 2 kg handle tub. The clear goal was to be faster and more precise than the previous machine. Waldner designed an ultra-precise piston filler that achieved significantly higher metering precision, which resulted in happy, yet amazed faces among the Jalna project team at the factory acceptance tests in Wangen.

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