When it comes to purchasing new equipment for a packaging line, many companies first seek to minimize capital costs. Managers are motivated to get the best bang for the buck, and low price is easier to justify than the overall quality of an equipment solution. In fact, this “bargain” machinery may very quickly increase their company’s production costs.
When Lakeside Food’s customers requested a new package style, stand-up doy bags, for their microwavable frozen vegetables packages, Lakeside turned to Bosch Packaging Technology. Lakeside needed a machine that could not only produce the doy style package, but could also package their vegetables in the traditional pillow and gusseted bags that still made up a large part of their business. The requirements for multiple bag styles is one of the reasons why Mark Dreidric, General Manager, Manitowoc Distribution Center (pictured at right with the new stand-up doy pouch) and the Lakeside team selected the Bosch SVE 3600 WR vertical form-fill-seal bagger.
Autumn Graphics called on Global Vision to help them ensure the accuracy of their production files during the inspection process.
Wixon, Inc., with headquarters in St. Francis, Wis., bills itself as “a 100-year-old company with the innovative drive of a start-up.
By automating the packing of cases, using two Ishida Flexible Packing Systems (FPS), a major snack food company can now run an entire production and packing unit, from production and flavouring through to case-packed, palletised product, with a 60% reduction in labour costs.By Ishida Europe
Although the busy kitchen of Quaker Steak & Lube in Middleton, WI is always hopping with up to 12 employees preparing and labeling enough food to accommodate its weekly 5,000 to 6,000 guests, Proprietor, Scott Acker, never worries about the freshness of the food he serves. By Avery Dennison Printer Systems Division
Packaging machine speed is easy to calculate. Just count products out, divide by time, and you have instantaneous speed per minute. In theory, you should be able to multiply by 480 to get output per shift. In reality, that instantaneous speed probably doesn't match shift output. During the shift, the machine may have stopped. That may be because the operators went to lunch, because the upstream or downstream machine stopped, because it had its own problems, or a host of other reasons. What you are really interested in is output: how many pallets can you get on the truck at the end of the day? This is related to speed, but is not the same thing.
The global beverage manufacturing and packaging industry is one of the most efficient processes in the world. Because of the enormous scale of the current beverage industry, American, European and Asian beverage manufacturers are becoming increasingly better equipped at manufacturing and packaging beverages at high speeds.
Audits by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), historically a source of angst, may be generating even more concern. Recently, the FDA has escalated its cGMP compliance inspections by enforcing increasingly complex regulations, gaining greater access to records and conducting audits more frequently – up from .06 to .09 per year, according to Bloomberg News. By Paul Dupont, Ropack
Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of processing and packaging solutions, will highlight its comprehensive range of filling and packaging equipment for liquid and viscous food, including three innovations tailored to the dairy and baby food markets with their sensitive products